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Cook Egg and Bacon in an Orange

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This ible is about cooking without pots and pans over an open fire.  Egg and Bacon in Oranges sounds odd and quite frankly, it's an aquired taste.

Actually in my opinion it tastes horrible, but the scouts enjoy doing it and even enjoy eating them.

You need:

- Orange
- Egg
- Bacon
- A well built fire.

Don't get too hung up about not being able to find oranges in the wild in Britain, but it's about getting kids to think outside the box.
 
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Step 1: Preparing the Orange

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You need to slice off the top of the orange - same sort of height you might do a boiled egg.  Refer to the photos to see the sort of 'cap' you are trying to create.

The most difficult bit of the procedure is to remove the contents of the orange (eat it, it's tasty and healthy btw)

At the end, the cap should still sit on the top of the orange.

Step 2: Line it with bacon

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I used streaky bacon, however back bacon or similar is fine.  Just wrap it round inside - or drape it in so it covers all the inside of the orange.

Step 3: Add Egg

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Step 4: Fixing the Lid

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I used toothpicks to secure the lids - but true backwoods style would probably use small sharpened green sticks.

It's a good idea to soak the toothpicks because otherwise they'll just burn away.

Step 5: Stick it on the fire

Cooking on fires isn't straightforward, you need to understand the difference between embers and flames.

Embers have very little or absolutely no flame but glow red hot especially when blown on.  If you're used to using BBQ's, that's what we're talking about.  Flames are much less hotter & just blacken the food with soot.

Embers is what we want.  When the egg swells and pushes the lid up, the food is cooked.

Step 6: Edible

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The cooked egg is pretty much hard boiled and the bacon is getting a bit crispy.  A success.

Shame it all tastes faintly of orange really, but edible.
I've got to agree, the orange taste takes some getting used to, but I use large onion, rather than an orange to cook the eggs, and we even make up omelettes, with cooked bacon or sausage, onions and peppers and of course cheese, mix all together and add to hollowed out onion. After you toothpick the onion, wrap in a bit of foil, so you have an aluminum ball. It takes about 18-20 minutes, to cook, and I turn once (now you see why I cover in foil). You end up with a tasty omelet, no orangey taste at all!
nanosec123 years ago
You can do a similar thing with muffin mix. Just put it in the orange and cook in the same fashion. The muffins aren't perfect, but they take on the 'orange' taste in a much better way than eggs and bacon would.
kill-a-watt4 years ago
I remember this. I could never come around to try it because of the orange aftertaste that is to be expected. Maybe I'll give it a stab using the outer skin and first layer of an onion
tim_n (author)  kill-a-watt4 years ago
You could always try hollowing out an onion and doing the same thing
Ding ding ....Winner
I can see that ending in tears!
lol priceless
Ooooh, wrap it in a small onion, then put it inside an orange...and then put that inside a grapefruit. Then of course have Turducken for dinner...
I just read step 7. Might I also suggest plantains as a less sweet / more starchy alternative to bananas.
tim_n (author)  kill-a-watt4 years ago
But if you're doing the chocolate bananas sweet is good. I may give plantains a try though
vixenblue4 years ago
Might I suggest a more palatable option. Instead of eggs and bacon try a vanilla or chocolate cake mix . It works the same way and the outcome is amazing!
This is a camping instructable, I don't think you can find wild cake mix growing in a field lol. Plus I find egg and bacon much more enjoyable than cake. Always remember to add IMO (in my opinion) ;D
don't think you usually find streaky bacon or hens eggs frowing wild on the campsite either - grin
but you do find any type of bird egg
skea17903 years ago
Actually, wrapping bacon around a stick and holding it over the fire works quite well too. Good idea for eggs though. :)
IdahoDavid4 years ago
Well done. I did this with just the egg in Scouts, but never considered the bacon. If keeping the bacon fresh is a concern look for the precooked kind in a pouch (in the salad fixings area) at the grocery. It makes a nice packbacking food that doesn't require refridgeration. They also sell precooked bacon in the meat section. A bit pricey, but convenient.
or you could use salt pork or some other sort of dried meat
Orange eggs and ham anyone?
edsgirl12343 years ago
The taste does sound horrible. Have you thought about substituting one of those small round green squashes or even the single size pumpkins instead? Some of the ones I've seen recently are just at a serving size, the taste would blend much better with the bacon and egg.
Screamo3 years ago
Wouldn't it leave a orange-ish taste?
Being an Eagle Scout I have gone on many a survival camp outs and this was a staple but we only did the egg no bacon. I would almost be afraid that a scout might not cook the bacon well enough and get sick. Bananas with half its contents removed and replaced with chocolate, marsh-mellows, and red hots cooked in the fire is divine. another good foil meal is the Hobo Dinner - take a chunck of ground beef some cut up potatoes, onions, and carrots. place in foil and cook. Delicious!
tim_n (author)  PyromaniacDaniel4 years ago
Generally uncooked bacon won't make you particularly sick as long as you've kept it cool and you're not cooking off bacon. You could potentially get worms however. In my experience, the bacon will almost certainly be cooked by the time the egg is cooked, so I wouldn't worry too much. The bacon does make absorb a lot of the taste of orange and if you're using smokey bacon, you get smokey bacon and orange flavoured eggs.
This is pretty nifty, I'll do this next time I go camping! Thanks
zascecs4 years ago
...Sure sounds better than green eggs and ham...

...I'm gonna have to try this when I go camping; it's just too hot to light the fireplace in my house during summer...