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.
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.