Everybody likes a freshly picked, bright red, crispy, and juicy apple. What if the apple fell in the mud? Would you just wipe it off and eat it? If the thought of mud and apples don’t sit well with you, you may want to stick with hardtack biscuits.
The last survival food recipes we went over was how to make soda biscuits. Now you’re going to learn how to make Mud Apples.
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What are Mud Apples?
The name is self-explanatory, mud apples are apples that are cooked in mud. You coat your apples with mud, bury them in hot coals, and they come out as a mushy and delicious treat for you to enjoy! This might sound like a strange way to prepare food for you, but this is actually a very old technique of cooking. It goes all the way back before settlers even arrived in America. Native Americans would coat their food in mud to prevent it from burning up, keep all the moisture inside, and enjoy the delicious flavors it would give them. And though people no longer cook this way, it is still a great technique for survival cooking.
Origins: Where did the name come from?
When it comes to survival cooking, people have this idea that it involves only the necessities. You’ll eat anything as long as it gives you the nourishment you need, with little to no regard of the taste. This is simply not true. Even when you are out in the wild, there are ways that you can bring out the best flavors of what you have. One of the best examples of this is apples. If you find an apple in the wild, are you just going to bite into it raw? Don’t you wish there was a way to bring out the flavor and sweetness of your apple? Well, there is a very easy way to do this. That is by preparing the simple and delicious recipe of mud apples.
How to Make Mud Apples
- Nothing but a will to survive
So you’ve decided you want to make mud apples, what exactly do you need? All you need are three things: fire, apples, and mud. That’s all there is to it! No ingredients, no pots, no pans, nothing! This is why this is the ultimate survival recipe. With just these three things, you are ready to prepare a wonderful treat for yourself.
Now that you have all you need, let’s take a step-by-step look at how exactly to prepare this.
Step 1: Build a Fire
Believe it or not, this is the most difficult part of the entire recipe. If you’re out on the wild, knowing how to build a fire is crucial. There is just no way you can survive for long without fire. So you should already know how to do this.
Step 2: Wait for Coals
Once your fire is up, congratulations! Everything should be as easy as one, two, three from here. The next step is to wait for your fire to burn down and produce some coals. You don’t just want to throw your mud apples into the fire, this could burn them up. Instead, you want to use these hot coals to bake your mud apples slowly.
Step 3: Coat your Apples
While waiting for your fire to burn down and produce coals, this is the perfect time to start coating your apples. You’re coating your apples for the same reason Native Americans used to coat their food in mud, to prevent it from burning and to keep all the moisture inside. This is why you want to have an inch-thick coat of mud evenly spread on your apples.
Step 4: Bake your Apples
When the coals are ready, you can finally start cooking the apples. Once again, don’t throw your mud apples into the fire. Instead, remove the coals from the fire and bury your mud apples in them. When the mud is exposed to the heat, it will harden up and bake your apples slowly.
Step 5: Wait
Just like all good things, mud apples take time. Leave your mud apples buried in coals for 45 minutes. It’s a slow cook, but it is all going to be worth it very soon.
Step 6: Peel your Apples
Once the waiting is over, remove your apples from the fire and remove the mud! By now the mud will have hardened up, so knocking it all off shouldn’t be a problem. You don’t want to be eating the skin of the apple either, so peel that off as well.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Take a spoon and scoop up the delicious, sweet, steamy goodness of mud apples! You will find that this treat is so much sweeter and so much more flavorful than a raw apple.
So you see? Survival cooking doesn’t have to be boring! Mud apples are one of the greatest examples of how you can enjoy wonderful flavors even in survival situations.
Have you ever made mud apples before?