Originally Posted by GotGarlic
How did you keep the bag from catching on fire?
Place the bag up high enough from the flame, and the melting fat from the bacon coasts the paper bottom. Believe me it works.
I had the Girls Scouts build a campfire. But first they had to find large stones to place around the area of the fire. They built a ring of stones about 1.5 feet high. They then had to find somewhat heavy branches that would span across the rocks. They placed them close together. They were given a large brown grocery bag that was for two of them. Find your buddy! Fold down the top so they could reach the bottom easily to turn the bacon. Place the bacon in the bottom of the bag, keep an eye on it. The bacon melted enough to grease the bottom of the bag and the bacon continued to fry until cooked.
About March, in preparation for their summer camping trip, I had the girls each bring in an empty tuna can so they could make sterno burners with paraffin wax. I also had them haunt the food stores for their empty #10 cans. With an old fashion church key I had them punch four holes around the turned over bottom on the can.
Now it is July. Camp time. They had been helping to cook their meals in the bunkhouse kitchen. Cooking badge. Time to learn some survivor skills. Breakfast outside girls! The night before I put a large pot of potatoes on to boil. The girls used the grease from the bacon to fry the potatoes and their eggs on the turned over bottom of the #10 cans. The sterno burners had been filled with paraffin wax and the strips of cardboard they had cut out protruded just above the edge of the tuna can. Cardboard was the wick, the paraffin wax the fuel. They also had the option of making their toast on their camp side stoves. The holes that they had punched in at the regular meeting was to let the smoke out. The chimney.
They just thought we were the greatest leaders they ever heard of. They had a blast and talked about that all the way home. Back in March, they just couldn't figure out what we were talking about. But when it all came together it was an experience they will never forget.