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Two Methods for Building a Steam Pit for Camp Cooking

transform a struggle for existence into a wild feast.

By T MANJUNATHAPublished 4 months ago 4 min read

Wait until you try the steam pit. It may not sound like a tasty cooking method. Food prepared using this ancient technique is delicious and keeps warm for several hours. A hole in the ground (or a raised mound) with hot rocks at the bottom is called a steam pit. In between two layers of lush foliage, wrapped food is placed between these boulders, which are then covered in soil or sand. To keep the steam needed to cook the meal in place, the entire pile is covered with earth or tarps. Enjoy yourself and follow the directions.

1. Diggers At Work

Make a pit in the ground to start with. The pit may be excavated in sand, clay, or soil and may have any depth and width. The pit can be any size as long as you have enough food and rocks to fill it to a depth of about two feet. Any form will do. Make a collection of heat-resistant local rocks in your area. Ensure you have enough to completely fill the pit's bottom, and you can even arrange the stones there like a jigsaw to see where they go best.

You can either take the stones out of the pit and put them in a large fire, or you can leave the stones in the pit and create the fire on top of them. The stones should be heated for two hours in either case. When the rocks are hot enough, you must remove the leftover wood, charcoal, coals, and ash from the pit if you want to heat the rocks in the pit. If the stones are heated outside the pit, push or roll them into the hole with a shovel or a long piece of green wood. In addition, you can gather your greenery throughout the two hours of rock fire.

Green grass, seaweed, pine boughs covered in green needles, and any other plentiful non-toxic green plant material make excellent steam pit vegetation.

Apply around 4 inches of damp soil or sand to the pit once it is completely filled with hot rocks to insulate the stones. Add 8 to 12 inches of greenery, then pile your food on top of that in a single layer. Seafood and root vegetables both taste fantastic when prepared in this manner. Use large edible leaves to wrap delicate meals that disintegrate easily (like fish) (like burdock). With your leftover greenery, bury the food. Cover it with earth, or just soil, and a tarp. Dig up your food when you return three or more hours later, then savour it. The food will continue to be warm for a while.

2. Pile a Meal Up

A rich coastal region can provide us with a variety of delicious wild edibles. These delicious meals, which range from clams and lobsters to edible seaweed and crabs, offer us excellent nourishment, and the beach gives us all the ingredients we need to prepare them. We can borrow a page from our ancestors' recipe book and construct a steam mound instead of digging a pit to cook our food at the beach.

We can get food, sand, seaweed, and even firewood for the fire from the shore. Simply grab some pebbles from a dry area away from the beach, and a tarp will be of great assistance. Start by burning your dry rocks for approximately two hours to begin your classic "clam bake." Gather your veggies and some seaweed while they are heating. Include some edible seaweed from your local species in your harvest if you are familiar with it. If not, gather what's nearby to encircle your food in the mound.

Roll or slide your hot rocks off the fire to create a hot rock platform with a stick. Cover this quickly with several inches of wet sand. Then add a layer of seaweed that is about the same thickness, followed by a single layer of your cuisine. To further insulate the mound, cover it with another layer of seaweed. If you have a tarp, place it over the top to prevent sand from seeping through and contaminating your food. Sand should be piled up as a final layer to cover the entire mound and keep the heat and steam within.

At least two hours, but three would be preferable, should be spent letting this mound cook. When you believe that enough time has gone, carefully begin to scoop away part of the seaweed and remove the top layer of sand from the mound. This should be very hot, so use caution. Enjoy your food after uncovering it!

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