Second in the series is whatever category you want to call this one. It’s all good. Again, from Boys’ Life Magazine article How to Cook Some Goofy Grub.
Pinto Bean Fudge
THE CHALLENGE: Don’t think about it — just keep stirring.
- 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 can pinto beans, drained
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Butter for greasing pan
Pinto Bean Fudge is for real, thanks to a long-ago camper who discovered that a can of pinto beans can be substituted for a pound of butter when making fudge.
To make it, the Scouts combined sugar and milk in a large pan and boiled it for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. They then added the remaining ingredients (including the beans!) and stirred until the marshmallows melted. Finally, they poured the finished fudge into a shallow, buttered pan and tucked it in the cooler to chill.
THE RESULT: Delicious, with no hint of an aftertaste from the pinto beans.
Dingle Fan Chicken
THE CHALLENGE: Can something called a “dingle fan” cook chicken at all?
- Long pole (a broom handle works well)
- 6-inch length of chain
- Heavy string
- Wire cutters
- Paper plate
- Skewer or short stick
- Large and small rocks
- Instant meat thermometer
- 2 “S” hooks or additional wire
- Whole chicken
- Butter for basting
Dingle fan roasting is for campers who have better things to do than fuss over their food. Rather than endlessly basting and turning a piece of meat over a fire, campers can let this fan-powered rotisserie do the work.
The Scouts wedged a long wooden pole between two rocks so that it angled very near — but not directly over — the flames. Next, they attached a short length of chain to the end of the pole using the wire and “S” hooks.
The next step was to make the dingle fan by sticking a paper plate on the end of a metal skewer. The fan would be attached to the chain, from which a raw chicken would hang. (Be sure to leave enough space between the fan and the flames, since that plate could catch fire if it’s left too close.) A small rock or other was attached to the free end of the skewer to counter-balance it and make it level.
If everything was set up correctly, the heat from the fire should hit the fan, causing the chicken to slowly rotate throughout the cooking process.
All we needed now was a chicken, innards removed, seasoned and buttered and bound in string.
Once dangling from the chain, the chicken wouldn’t need tending other than basting it occasionally with butter. After about two hours, it should be fully cooked, but the Scouts planned to check it with the meat thermometer to be safe.
THE RESULT: Even after falling into the dirt a couple of times, the Dingle Fan Chicken was a thing of beauty. The fan had worked. The chicken was golden and crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside.
Kerner, S., & Ogren-Hrejsa, O. (2018). How to Cook Some Goofy Grub. Retrieved from Boys’ Life: https://boyslife.org/outdoors/1264/goofy-grub/