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Cooking in a hunting camp

 
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SeabeeCook



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PostPosted: Monday 10-9-2017 7:18 am    Post subject: Cooking in a hunting camp Reply with quote

After over 45 years as a cook, chef and food service manager, I've taken a seasonal job as the cook for an outfitter in Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Alpine, Wyo. It's been a great job - in fact more than a job! It's a rewarding venture that I hope to repeat in the coming years.


I enjoy interacting with the guides and hunters. And after cooking for thousands during my full-time career (US Navy, hospitals and state prisons), cooking for 20 to 25 is a refreshing change. Plus I don't have to worry about vegetarian, vegan or gluten free diets!

My day begins at 3 a.m., when I walk into my kitchen -- a converted 40-foot trailer -- light two lanterns, put coffee on, light the griddle and oven, stoke the fire in the dining tent and set out lunch fixin's. To make breakfast easier, I prep everything the afternoon prior. That means my baking (biscuits, cinnamon rolls, challah bread for French toast, etc.) is done, sausage or bacon panned, coffee ready to go and eggs set out. I light off the generator at 3:30 a.m. to wake up the guides and hunters. Breakfast begins at 4 a.m. (or earlier when I'm ready).

After dishes and cleanup, it's off to bed for a two-hour nap. I have to discipline myself to get up by 9:30 or 10 a.m. Otherwise, I'll sleep all morning. Since there are only three or four in camp (myself, my wife, the camp manager's wife and the camp jack/wrangler) at that time, I usually have free access to the shower. Leftovers or a sandwich normally make up my lunch around noon.


Baking, breakfast prep and dinner prep begin in early afternoon. I make a prep list for both meals and any lunch prep so I don't forget anything. I usually lump baking together. That way I save steps by weighing out the ingredients for two or three products at the same time. I do have to time proofing and oven time carefully so the bread doesn't over-proof. I bake all the bread except sandwich breads.


The rest of the afternoon is spent preparing dinner, which is served at 8 p.m. Sometimes dinner is served as early as 7 p.m., but the hunters often change out of wet clothing and enjoy a beer around the campfire. I fall into bed around 9:30 p.m. for five hours of sleep before starting over.
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PostPosted: Monday 10-9-2017 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much for sharing pictures and your experience. I love to hear about these adventures :Smile 1:
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PostPosted: Monday 10-9-2017 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sir, you are a lucky man-HARD WORKING but lucky! ENJOY Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Tuesday 10-10-2017 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. We're on break, between hunts, now. Meals begin once again Saturday evening when the next hunters arrive in camp. Enjoy some more photos.

2017-09-14-sliced-challah-bread_MG_4438 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-09-14-breakfast_MG_4443 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-09-19-parmesan-garlic-dinner-rolls_MG_4514 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-09-19-blondies_MG_4517 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-10-06-ham-and-cheese-slider-breakfast_MG_4733 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-10-05-star-valley-camp_MG_4683 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-10-04-stuffed-french-toast_MG_4674 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-10-04-pasta-two-ways_MG_4681 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-10-03-taco-tuesday-layout_MG_4671 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-10-02-turkey-dinner_MG_4660 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-10-03-omelet-breakfast_MG_4664 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-10-02-oat-hotcakes-and-eggs_MG_4652 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-09-21-biscuits-and-gravy_MG_4524 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-09-19-dinner_MG_4520 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr

2017-09-15-antelope-chili-bowl_MG_4465 by Steven Karoly, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Tuesday 10-10-2017 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I said- HARD WORKING! That's a lucky crew to have a cook like you in their camp! Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Wednesday 10-11-2017 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's awesome!
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PostPosted: Monday 10-16-2017 2:16 pm    Post subject: A Day in the Life.....S\ Reply with quote

Cool Steven, Great share! Thanks for the storyline of your day (early!) and the wonderful food pictures.
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PostPosted: Saturday 10-28-2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shipmate, I would enjoy dinning in your galley, that's a fortunate group of hunters. BUCS Retired. :Smile 1:
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PostPosted: Saturday 10-28-2017 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Senior. What battalions were you in? MSCS
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PostPosted: Sunday 10-29-2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of my time in right coast except CECOS IN Hueneme 12 & the 21st in Davisville.- 74, 12, 21st NCR, CECOS, CBMU202, COMUSKOREA. Good to see a Senior Chief Mess Management Specialist still devoted to his vocation. My mouth waters looking at your biscuits and gravy plate. Sure hope you retired before the days of tray rations.
Fraternally,
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PostPosted: Monday 10-30-2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spend my Seabee time in the reserves on the West Coast with 17, 2, back to 17 & 3rd Brigade.
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PostPosted: Tuesday 10-31-2017 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just made my first visit to the SeaBee Museum at Port Hueneme. A SeaBee buddy of mine. Joe Perry, passed last year. He was very proud of his time served. He spent two tours in Vietnam finishing as CE-1 (I believe that was his rating. I know the Aviation rating better.)
I picked up some small items to place on his grave on Veteran's Day.
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PostPosted: Tuesday 10-31-2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Dennis. I spent a lot of time in the old museum doing historical research, but haven't been in the new one.
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PostPosted: Thursday 11-9-2017 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the great post.
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