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Silver Turtles: A Campfire Delight

Add to your outdoor cooking fire with silver turtles. 

When you picture cooking with an open fire, odds are you summon an image of roasting weenies and marshmallows, perhaps on a family getaway or a scouting excursion. However, there is a way to prepare s succulent, well-balanced meal than that with only a little more effort. After a long day out hunting or fishing, you deserve something heartier than hot dogs and s'mores. Treat yourself to a silver turtle!

A silver turtle is more or less an aluminum foil bag of meat and vegetables that rests at the edge of the fire much like a turtle rests at the edge of a pond. Simply load up the bag with your favorite ingredients, cook it by the fire, and enjoy a delicious outdoor meal.

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Prepare your silver turtle as follows:


Lay out a large stretch of foil, big enough to hold your food and be doubled over sufficiently. In the center of your foil, you will place your food.


Start with the meat. Ground meat, diced or shredded fowl, shrimp, or sliced sausage are advisable for silver turtles. Avoid large, solid chunks of meat or steaks, as these may not cook sufficiently through. While certain wild game could cook well in a silver turtle, fish is not advisable as it can be too easily overcooked.


No silver turtle is complete without a healthy variety of vegetables that steam well. Carrots, corn, broccoli, potatoes, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, cauliflower, and onions are popular choices.

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Finally, when your meat and vegetables have been selected, add whatever flavoring you like. Silver turtles are all about taste and preference, so sprinkle on whatever you prefer, be it barbeque or steak sauce, or seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt, or pepper.

Fold it

Once you're satisfied with your preparation, fold your foil over the food. Begin by taking two opposing sites and rolling them down snugly. Then, roll in the sides. Secure it to lock in the heat and do the cooking for you.

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Set the silver turtle at the edge of the fire and let it cook for 20-25 minutes.

*This also works over coals in a grill. However, should you attempt this recipe in your home kitchen, be sure to cook for 30-40 minutes in an oven heated to 350 degrees.


Once the silver turtles are done, pull them from the fire and give them at least 15 minutes to cool. Then crack them open and eat! You can either eat them directly out of the foil, or spread them over steamed rice.

Silver turtles are surprisingly easy to make, and an excellent way to utilize a campfire for a delicious, satisfying meal. You can turn the preparation into a game for children, or prepare succulent gourmet ingredients, make one large bag to feed many or many tiny bags to feed individuals. The possibilities are endless.

What would you put in a silver turtle? Leave your thoughts below.

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Silver Turtles: A Campfire Delight