Camping and BBQ season is here!
I am afraid some of you might have missed this essential tutorial (I originally posted this a couple years ago). It is a MUST READ before you brave any camping trip!…or have your next girl’s night, or summer BBQ, or sugar craving, or…well…just read it.
I don’t claim to have many talents, but if there were an olympic sport for marshmallow roasting, I am confident you would see me on the highest platform proudly wearing a gold medal. You might be thinking, “Roasting a marshmallow? That’s easy.” I beg to differ. You must have many things to make it in the big leagues. The right equipment, the right fire, and most importantly, an impossible amount of patience. I am going to try and teach you my skills, but really, I think it is a gift I was born with and I am not sure I can pass it on.
First some bad news, camping season is coming to a close. But the good news is while it is preferable to be camping when attempting this tutorial, it is not essential. There are so many cozy backyard pits around that you can roast to your heart’s content any night of the week. It does have to be night by the way. Who am I kidding. I have roasted mallows for breakfast when I am camping:) One of my favorite girls’ nights was spent around a backyard campfire roasting some mallows. I have even been known to roast one over my electric stove in a pinch – not quite as good, but it works.
the telescoping kind (easy to pack) with the little turning wheel (this allows for expanded mallow turning time without hurting your wrist – very important feature). These are one of my favorite things to give as presents because I love them so much! Most people don’t know about them and they love them as well. You can get them for just over 5.00 on Amazon (eligible for free super saver shipping) – the only other place I have found them is Fred Meyer in the camping section for about the same price.
Gigantor marshmallows (have you seent these babies? They are 3 times the size of regular marshmallows! I have only been able to find them at Fred Meyer but I am sure they are sold in other stores.:)
And / OR
Jet Puffed marshmallows (don’t let store brand marshmallows fool you. They are NOT the same)
AND / OR
Peeps. You read that right. Peeps. Hate them, until you roast them. Crystalized sugary outside with a perfectly gooey middle. Don’t knock it ’till you try it.
AND / OR
Starbursts. Nothing to do with marshmallows, but try roasting them – my cousin is on to something here, mmmm.
1. Take your Humungo marshmallow and stab it gently in the center with your roaster. Note: some people like to try and roast many marshmallows at once, while I respect this time saving technique, I do not practice it myself because it usually means a burned top marshmallow and an under done bottom marshmallow. I suggest sticking to one at a time.
2. Find the perfect coals. This is the most important step of the tutorial so DON’T MESS THIS PART UP! It is essential that you don’t try to roast over flames. You must find a little spot where the coals are nice and hot, but not flaming. Notice the bottom left pocket of goodness in this photo…
3. Lower your marshmallow into the coals (depth depends on how hot the coals are – you’ll have to get a feel for this. It takes practice so don’t curse the first black marshmallow. It happens. Feel free to curse the third or fourth, however because I hate to say it, but it might just mean you don’t have what it takes) and slowly turn it around and around.
4. Continue twirling.
5. Keep going. At this point it might help you wait if you tell yourself about how you are developing patience because after all, it is a virtue.
6. You might be noticing some brownage coming on to the scene here. This is good. Keep turning.
7. More browning. Your center is starting to get soft and your mallow might be wanting to slip off. To avoid a mallow fire dive, be sure your roaster is parallel with the ground. Keep turning.
8. You are almost there and your mouth is starting to salivate. This is the critical point that will make or break perfection. There is a fine line between deliciously crispy golden brown outside perfection, and scorched. Don’t cross the line. Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.
9. It’s ready. Take it off the fire and let it cool slightly. I usually like to do this by waving it around in everyone else’s face so they can admire my talent and wish they were me. You can also use this time to practice your if – then statements. “If you will clean up the camp dishes, then I will roast a mallow for you just like this one.” Works every time.
10. Gently tug on the mallow and the crispy outside will slip off. Help it make its way to your mouth and try not to sing my praises for teaching you this skill until after you enjoy your hard work. Your patience has rewarded you, young padawon.
Look at the size of this marshmallow – I told you they were HUGE!
Double bonus for buying the gigantor mallows is after you eat the outside, you get to re-roast without re-loading. You’ve already started the middle melting process – just finish it off with some more brown goodness and mallow #2 will soon make its’ way to your mouth.
Now if you want to wreck a perfect sweet treat by making it into a s’more, now is the time to do so. I realize I am in the minority when it comes to s’mores. I am not a fan. Why ruin a perfectly perfect treat by hiding all its flavor and texture with chocolate and crackers? But to each his own. If you decide to follow the crowd, just do me a favor and not use store brand grahams. It is essential that you use Honey Maid or you really will ruin your mallow.
These pictures are KILLING me! must. find. fire…and mallows…