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Coffee or Tea- How to Cook These Morning Favorites Perfectly
A nice warm cup of coffee or tea is a welcomed treat in the morning. But producing this treat can be a challenge when one is camping. The traditional ways of perking one’s cup of java just do not work at the campsite. Some require electricity while others are just too bulky to carry. The directions below utilize items that are in every well stock camp kitchen.
Cowboy Coffee I
This recipe is an old-time favorite that does not utilize any type of filter basket. The filter is created by a whole egg or cheesecloth. To make the coffee, simply fill a container with 12 cups of water and place over the fire on along the side on top of hot stones. While you are waiting for the water to boil, mix together 2 whole egg, eggshell and all, along with ½ cup of cold water, dash of salt, and 1 cup of ground coffee. After the water has come to a boil, place the egg mixture in the water and let it boil for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Once the coffee has boiled for 2 to 3 minutes, remove from the container from the fire and add 1 cup of cold water. This will cause the egg/coffee mixture to sink to the bottom. Let the coffee sit for a few minutes. If a few grounds are still floating on top, simply skim off with a spoon.
Cowboy Coffee II
To make this coffee, start with 12 cups of water inside a container. Bring the water to a boil over the fire. While you are waiting for it to boil, cut out a large square of cheese cloth and fill with the following ingredients. This includes 1 cup of coffee, 2 eggs, and a dash of salt. Tie the bundle off and then gently break the eggs. The broken egg will hold the coffee grounds in the cheesecloth bundle.
Once the water has come to a boil, place the bundle in the water and let set for 2 to 3 minutes. Then remove the bundle and enjoy.
While a simple cup of tea can be made by heating up a pot of hot water and steeping a tea bag, I have an easier solution and that is Billy tea. To make this tea, start off by heating your water in a tin cup over the fire. Once the water begins to boil, drop loose leaf tea into the cup and swirl around 5 times. Once that is done, set the “tin cup” down and let the tea leaves settle. Then enjoy.
A simple cup of hot coffee and/or tea can make or break many camp mornings. So this camping trip, give these sunrise boasters a try.