[Sca-cooks] burn marks

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Wed Nov 29 22:05:11 PST 2006

Phlip suggested:
<<< Also, if you use the old camper's trick, and apply soap to the  
of the pan before you put it on the fire, any soot and smoke marks
come right off.  >>>

This is a good trick for all folks cooking over outdoor fires to  
remember. Your cleanup crews will appreciate you doing this.

Several points from years of doing this in the Scouts and elsewhere,

1) You can use leftover slivers of hand soap softened in water for  
this. Nice recycling but more trouble than simply using liquid dish  
soap. However, not all of these work. Be careful of the scented/ 
flavored ones. Lemon Joy won't work. In fact it made things worse  
because it proceeded to burn.

2) make sure to let the soap dry before putting the pot over the fire.

3) It won't help much if you then proceed to cook over a fire made  
with sappy, tarry wood, such as pine.

4) Especially if using industrial soaps, don't soap the inch nearest  
to the pot rim. Getting any of this into the food can make folks sick.

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas           
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