Sep22011

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Camping Eggs on the Ecozoom Versa

Guest post by RightWingMom

Disclaimer: Our EcoZoom demonstrations were conducted while on a camping trip in Colorado.  The elevation at our camp site was 7703 feet.  The morning temperature was in the mid 40’s.  As with all meal preparations, cook times will vary depending on elevation and outdoor temperature.

For our Camping Eggs we’re using the EcoZoom Versa.  The Versa can burn both charcoal and wood.  For this meal, we’ve chosen to use wood.

Starting the fire, we simply used 2 plain paper towels, dry twigs and small limbs.  We opened the top (larger) door to feed the wood with the rack in front to hold the limbs.  Also, we made sure the bottom (smaller) door is open to allow ventilation.   Next, we placed the paper towels on bottom with the twigs on top, and then ignited the paper towels with a wand lighter.  Finally, we built the fire, using the small limbs, until we achieved the rocket burn necessary for cooking.  A rocket burn will be a strong fire with virtually no smoke.  This took about 10 minutes to achieve.  Due to a light and varying breeze, we found it necessary to rotate the Versa, a few times, in order to maximize the breeze and fuel the fire.  This was not a major inconvenience.

The ingredients are very simple:  Thrive powdered eggs and canned Spam.  We followed the Thrive instructions and mixed enough powder and water to equal 1 dozen eggs.  We also cut the Spam into julienne slices.   (Not sure if you’re allowed to use “julienne” and “Spam” in the same sentence. HA!)

Next, we cooked the “julienned” Spam until crisp, stirring occasionally.  The cook time was 30 minutes.  The limbs must be fed or removed to maintain a desired rocket burn.

Finally, we added the re-hydrated Thrive eggs.  For seasoning, I only add a little black pepper, because Spam is already so salty.  The eggs cooked within 10 minutes and were ready to serve.  My “men”(1 husband and 2 sons) agreed that fresh eggs are better, but the Thrive product was satisfactory.  All three gave “thumbs up” to Camping Eggs being a Stuff HTF breakfast option.

Notice that all the limbs are consumed.

The EcoZoom Versa consumed:  2 paper towels, a handful of broken twigs, and 5 (1/2 inch X 8 – 12 inch) limbs.  It took a total of 50 minutes to prepare this breakfast.

Side note:  The cook time would most likely be reduced if you are at a lower elevation and warmer outdoor temperature.

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(7) Readers Comments

  1. Of course you can use the word “julienned” when refering to Spam.

    Spam is "natures most perfect food"

    • LOL! My 3 men would agree with you!

  2. For those not familiar with high elevation cooking, it can be surprising and sometimes frustrating! Take a look at a recipe or on the back of a cake box sometime. You'll notice the higher elevation instructions often include adding flour, oil or other ingredients and usually adds about 10% more time. And that's just for over 5000 feet like downtown Denver. Head up into the mountains and you'll find its even more challenging.

    Glad your family enjoyed it and that breakfast was a "win"!

  3. I still remember the first time I boiled water at 9000 ft. It facinated me, a girl raised at sea level!

  4. What about cleaning up the pan you cooked in? It looks like a cast iron skillet. What if you used a regular pan or pot that you would use in your kitchen? Do you need to treat the outside for easy cleanup? I remember we use soap on the outside of the pot when cooking over an open fire.

  5. fulltime Rver,
    You noticed my "beloved" cast iron skillet. Hot water and steel wool are all that touch her. She's smooth and seasoned to perfection!

    As far as using other pots and pans, I've heard about the soap trick, but never used it. With the EcoZoom, you can have some sooting, but the more efficient your fire burns the less smoke and soot are put off. What little sooting I've had comes off easily with warm water, Comet (or Ajax) powder and a nylon sponge….at least that's what my dear husband tells me. ;)

  6. Cast iron is the best open flame cookware bar none. I have used the "soap" method on aluminum and stainless pots and it does work, but nothing beats cast iron.

    As for your cookstove, I like the efficiency of a rocket stove, but when it came to choosing a SHTF cooking option on top of my BBQ, or Propane stove, I went with a "littlebug" stove. ( http://www.littlbug.com/ )

    Half the cost, more versatile, and made in Northern Minnesota. I am not a paid spokesperson, I just own one and wanted to offer additional alternatives for great US made products.

    I always like choice, and I hope I've contributed.

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