Tuesday, October 3, 2023


Meals almost fix themselves using tin foil on the barbee

By Russ and Tiña De Maris


While traveling does bring out quite an appetite, once you land in camp at the end of the day, who wants to fiddle around with a lot of meal prep hoopala? It’s so much easier to cruise into a McDoogies, but the nutrition is so questionable. Go some place with better nutrient values and less fat, you’re apt to spend a bundle. What to do? Pull out the barbee, the tinfoil and let the meal almost fix itself.

A couple of our favorite foil-wraps can be prep-worked before pulling out, then on arrival fire the grill and toss a packet on. Go about the rest of your set-up business and in a short time the appetizing aromas will signal the meal is ready. Best of all, cleanup is easy!

Foil Wrapped Burger Bundles: Toss a burger patty in the middle of a square of aluminum foil. Top it with slices of onion, potato, carrots and chunks of celery. Dab on a small pat of margarine, season with a pinch of garlic powder, and (if you have it) a few drops of “liquid smoke.” Fold up the aluminum “bundle” to seal in the food good and tight. Poke the pack once with a fork and toss on the grill over medium heat. Cooking time will vary with the size and thickness of the hamburger patty: check it out at about 20 minutes but it may take longer. When the spuds can be poked easily, it’s chow time. Alternatives? Ground turkey is a hit.

Painless Foiled Fish: This is one of our favorites when traveling through native fishery areas when fresh salmon is sold by the roadside. Starting with a good sized chunk of foil, lay the fish on the foil, skin side down. Butter the fish as you would a piece of toast and dash on lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste. Wrap up the tin foil and fold over tight. Poke once with a fork and toss on the grill, medium fire. Thickness of the fish determines cook time: 10 minutes per inch at the thickest point is a good starting point.

Alternatives? Forget the butter! Layer on mayonnaise instead. Wow!

Clean Up: Toss the “pan” in the trash!


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