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Winter Breakfast using CampMaid griddle attachment

 
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jakeway



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PostPosted: Sunday 1-24-2016 11:33 am    Post subject: Winter Breakfast using CampMaid griddle attachment Reply with quote

The griddle didn't get as hot as I wanted, probably due to the sub-freezing ambient temperatures. Next time I'll use more coals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGx5fcA-Dks
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PostPosted: Sunday 1-24-2016 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was really relaxing to watch and listen to. I feel ashamed that it was 39 degrees and sunny here in west central Arizona this morning and I thought it was too cold to cook outside. What a chicken I am :-)

That was nice, thanks for sharing!!
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PostPosted: Sunday 2-7-2016 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the informative video, Jakeway!
I just ordered one of these, along with the grill. What is your overall impression of the Campmaid? Is it built well? I ordered it because of the versatility it seems to offer, but the proving is in the doing.
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PostPosted: Monday 2-8-2016 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Campmaid have just been released over here in Australia. I have one on it's way to me in the mail. On their Australian website they have used a couple of my recipes. http://www.campmaid.com.au/

Looking forward to having a play with it soon
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PostPosted: Monday 2-8-2016 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OldFrenchy wrote:
Thanks for the informative video, Jakeway!
I just ordered one of these, along with the grill. What is your overall impression of the Campmaid? Is it built well? I ordered it because of the versatility it seems to offer, but the proving is in the doing.


Honestly, though very well built, it's a mixed bag. The most advantageous use is like in the video: using the lid as a griddle when cooking on a table. I didn't get enough coals in it to get the griddle really hot, but that may have been in part to sub-freezing air temp.

If you have a Camp Chef or similar DO with flat lids and shorter loop handles, you have to really push down hard on the CampMaid lifter to get the hook in there. Re-watch my video, starting around the 2:30 mark, and you'll see what I mean. With my Lodge lids, it's a snap to get it on and off.

If you leave it on the lid while cooking traditional DO style, I've noticed too things:

1) You must use gloves when lifting the lid, as the heat is very high.

2) If the CampMaid lifter is on the lid, you can't hook the handle of the DO to spin it on the coals. Not unless you take the lid off, and that would let too much heat out. So in these instances, I think a traditional lid lifter would be quicker and just as effective.

The other thing I noticed is when using it as a holder for the main DO, it's kind of slippery and the legs of the DO might not allow it to fit exactly centered. I'd be very careful with a flat-bottomed DO, as it might slide off if you don't hold it in place when stirring or serving.

If you have a Lodge or similar lid, you will probably like the Camp Maid lifter.
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PostPosted: Monday 2-8-2016 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW, exactly one week after this freezing, snow-covered day it was 65 degrees, and I played golf in shirt sleeves. Now, ten days after the golf outing, it's snowing again.
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PostPosted: Monday 2-8-2016 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derek Bullock wrote:
Campmaid have just been released over here in Australia. I have one on it's way to me in the mail. On their Australian website they have used a couple of my recipes. http://www.campmaid.com.au/

Looking forward to having a play with it soon


Wow. The Vindaloo and Korma look great and super-easy. I'll definitely try those.
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PostPosted: Monday 2-8-2016 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Pataki curry pastes are very good and convenient to use. The lid lifter looks cool.
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PostPosted: Monday 2-8-2016 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't want to wait to go to the store to get the Korma or vindaloo paste, but I had a thawed venison loin and a jar of Curry Simmering Sauce. I added some celery, carrots, and baby portabella mushrooms. Let it bake in 8" Lodge DO for a bit over an hour.

Served over jasmine rice and garnished with fresh parsley.

Very nice indeed.
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PostPosted: Tuesday 2-9-2016 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just watched the video in the original post, my bad. Shy Smile Looks like a beautiful day and nice video. Thanks for the demo! Thumbs Up

I would need a serious case of cabin fever for me to get out and cook in that much snow. I think our winter is over, I may need to turn on the AC later this week. Sad
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PostPosted: Sunday 2-14-2016 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried out the grill assembly last night and like your experience with the lid, the grill did not get hot enough to effectively 'grill' the meat. I was not cooking in the Arctic Circle like you were, either, but the desert of Southern California. I found that you have to load up the charcoal tray with briquettes about two-deep to get a good heat going, and also raise the tray to its highest setting. Once that was done things moved along nicely.
I'll report on the other functions when I get about using them. :Smile 1:
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PostPosted: Wednesday 2-24-2016 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just watched your video Jake, and I must say, you don't look anything like your profile picture....just sayin' Laughing
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PostPosted: Wednesday 2-24-2016 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buckeye Blues wrote:
I just watched your video Jake, and I must say, you don't look anything like your profile picture....just sayin' Laughing


My profile picture was taken just before I ate a Snickers bar.
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PostPosted: Wednesday 2-24-2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's funny!
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