Tin Foil Dinner Hack is going to rock your world! Tin Foil Dinners are a staple when it comes to camping food although there are a few tiny little tricks that will make sure your’s are the best ever!
I’ve been camping, as a leader, with the girls from my church several times. It’s tradition to have the girls bring a tin foil dinner for dinner the first night of the camping trip. Let me tell you, there is definitely more than one way to make a tin foil dinner!
Some girls open their dinners up and they are burnt black, some girls are raw, some girls are big enough to feed and army, and I wonder if some girls are going to starve to death!
Two of my boys have earned their Eagle Scout award which means they’ve been camping over 20 times each.
Over the years we’ve learned a little bit about how to make a tin foil dinner that’s actually really tasty!
I’m excited to share my Tin Foil Dinner Hacks with you today!
Here are some ideas to get you started on what to put in your foil packet and how to put it!
- Some people like to seer the meat before adding it to the foil packet so the meat juices don’t get all over the veggies. I happen to think it helps flavor the veggies so I don’t seer the meat first. But it’s an option!
- Cut your veggies in thin slices so they will cook quickly. You can also adjust the size you cut the veggies according how quickly they will cook. For example, carrots will take longer to cook than zucchini will so you might want to cut carrots, potatoes, etc. thinner than you cut zucchini.
- Use a variety of colors of veggies. It’s healthy to eat the rainbow and it makes the packets packed with flavor and pretty too!
- If you are using ground beef, add seasoning to the meat and mix it up so the flavors will carry throughout the meat. In other words don’t just sprinkle seasoning on top of the meat.
Here are a few Tin Foil Dinner Hacks on wrapping your foil packet once it’s all made.
- Use regular aluminum foil for the first layer of the packet. Set all your ingredients on top of the foil.
- Make your packet wider and longer instead of taller. That allows the heat to penetrate more of the food at once so it will cook more quickly. When I’m wrapping the packet I try and leave a little extra space on the inside of the packet.
- Wrap the packet so it seals and traps all the steam inside the packet.
- Now this is probably the part you’ve never really heard of and it makes ALL the difference. Wrap a layer of newspaper around the first layer of aluminum foil. Stick the whole thing under running water until all of the newspaper is wet. This will help steam your dinner. It also helps keep it from burning! Trust me…this is a revolutionary Tin Foil Dinner Hack!
- Finally, wrap an outside layer of heavy duty aluminum foil around the newspaper layer.
Just for fun we always use nicknames on our tin foil dinners instead of real names! It’s a little bit like bowling! You have to use nicknames when you bowl too!
Get your coals just right and enjoy spending time with family and friends while your dinner cooks away!
Tin Foil Dinner Hacks help make camping easier for Mom!
Now I have to be honest with you, camping is NOT my thing! There are a few little things about camping I just can’t wrap my head around.
- I make a payment on my house every single month. A portion of that house payment pays for 3 1/2 bathrooms. Why in the world would I leave my bathrooms and to go to the mountains, dig a whole in the dirt, and go potty out there? It’s just not my thing!
- Another portion of my house payment pays for my dishwasher, 2 kitchen sinks, a microwave, and 2 ovens. The though of going to the woods, packing all the water I need with me, and then boiling water to wash dishes when I have a perfectly functional dishwasher at home just doesn’t crank my tractor. Neither does the idea of hauling a bunch of firewood to the mountains so I can cook over a fire. I mean really I have about 4 slow cookers, a pressure cooker, electric griddles, a smoker, a grill, and a toaster at home; all of which work quite well!
- My bed at home needs to be replaces but it’s still mighty comfy compared to sleeping on a cot, or on the ground.
- We live in the middle of no where. I don’t need to go camping to get away from people. In fact, when I go camping I usually see more people than I do when I’m at home. And you know what? When I go on vacation I don’t mind getting out and actually seeing people!
- And last but not least when I go on vacation I want less work to do…not more work! Camping is SO MUCH WORK then you come home and have to clean it all up!
My idea of a vacation is going somewhere when’re I can ordering food just the way I like it. I want to wake up in the morning and leave my bed undone and get on with my day. I’m sounding super lazy right now don’t I?
Well, after my whole explanation of why I really don’t like camping I have to tell you that my family still goes camping! CRAZY! We bought a used camper a few years ago and my boys enjoy going to the mountains more than they enjoy civilization!
Seriously though, it’s camping food like Tin Foil Dinner that makes camping meals doable for me. I like doing the prep at home so I’m not missing out on whats happening on our camping trip because I’m off prepping meals. And honestly, these Tin Foil Dinners are and essential camping food!
Try out my Tin Foil Dinner Hacks on any of these 30 Tin Foil Dinner Ideas the Six Sisters put together! They’ve included lots of ideas that will get you out of the same ol’ same Tin Foil Dinner!
With these little Tin Foil Hacks I have a feeling Tin Foil Dinners might be your new camping “go to” food too! We love them so much we even make them in our fire pit in our yard, cook them on the smoker, and cook them in the oven. You can even make these in the slow cooker on super busy days!