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Wildnerness hardboiled egg!

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I'm sure you have made hard boiled eggs before in a pot on a stove. But I don't believe you have ever made one in a paper cup in a campfire. That's right I said it IN not on the campfire. If you want to pretend you are a wilderness survivor and want to look cool making an egg with a cup found on the ground (don't recommend making it in a random cup on the ground, it may have germs) than look no further find an egg and boil it ( don't recommend taking an egg from the wild you may be fined by the forest ranger). I also think you could boil things other than eggs in the cup maybe boiled chicken? Just think of all the possibilities of cooking without a pan! So Lets get cooking!

 
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Step 2: The Science Behind it!!

If you put a paper cup in a fire it will burn! (amazing right?) Well if you put water in a paper cup it will not burn as long as there is water in it. (the edge of the cup will burn but where the water is will not burn.) This is because water is a conductor that keeps the heat away. Technically you could do this in a paper bag (however the bag may break because it is wet.)
doo da do2 years ago
Looks like a 16oz cup, is that the right size?
Even if the cup had germs, the boiling would take care of that. :) Chemicals are a more worrying concern with found cups I think.
mole13 years ago
I like it! Would it work over a gas camp stove?
undftdking (author)  mole12 years ago
I haven't tried scientifically yes but the cup does get fragile on the bottom rim and may tip
I've often taught kids to boil water in a cabbage leaf. Like the paper cup, the leaf will burn down to the water level and then will boil. The trick to cooking something with this method is getting a leaf large enough to hold enough water to offset the loss of liquid through evaporation long enough to complete the cooking process and not burn through.