Finally got some time to share some of the stuff I’ve been doing recently. So, in short, I’m trying to stop poisoning myself with bread and potatoes. I’ve tried to survive a week on a paleo diet. The rules were very simple: I only buy quasi-paleo food or hunt-gather as much as I can. There is nothing else to eat (save 800g of emergency pemmican, but it’s paleo so no prob). I had quite a lot of time to devote to cooking so I thought I’d do something interesting.
I had around a kilo of beef and turkey. It was enough to test something I’d always wanted to do: pit cooking. The idea is quite simple: dig a 50cm deep pit in the ground, make hell of a fire in there, put some rocks on top and as the fire is burning down, it heats them up. You end up with a pit full of coals and red-hot rocks. Then, the meat (or anything you wish, really) is wrapped in leaves (I used Al foil as it was still winter), put it in the pit and the pit is covered with a thick layer of soil. The fire is extinguished at once since there is no oxygen access. What remains is heat. The best part is, that you can cook stuff as long as you wish. It’s not possible to overcook due to steam and juices being locked inside. I left my meat overnight (some 15 hours).
First, I dug the pit and set everything up for a fire.
Stacked the wood and the stones. It’s ready to go!
It was a very cold and wet day, so there was a lot of smoke in the beginning. Forest just some 100m up was still frozen!
But eventually after a few loud rock explosions the pit was heating up nicely.
Now it’s time to prepare the meat. Turkey and beef in olive oil with fruits and vegs.
In the meantime, I roasted some trout for the supper in the pit now ready to insert the meat.
It’s dark already. Cover it all up!
And… the finished product next morning! Very tender and tasty, even the beef (can you see the golden juice?). Extremely fruity flavour.
In conclusion, I love this method as I don’t have to constantly watch the food. Moreover you can cook an entire animal at once, tens of kgs. If you want to ensure that all parasites are dead, this is the way to go. Yes, you have to wait quite a bit, but it’s worth it. Give it a try if you have never done this.