Cooking Rice on a Campfire

I just recently went on a camping trip with 10 of the 12 Chibu Junior High School students and 8 of the 12 teachers. A lot it was similar to camping back home; same style tents, cooking on a campfire, night time flash light fun.

But there were some differences as well.

For example, we camped on an island! Chibu is part of the Oki Islands archipelago. Even though there are 4 main islands, the entire archipelago is made up of around 160 islands. We actually camped on an island even smaller than Chibu’s 5 square mile main island.

Another difference was the activities. We lit fireworks, the students took a walk in pairs in the dark while the teachers tried to jump out and scare them, and we participated in an traditional style of fishing for sazae (sea snails) that has become less popular in modern times.

But the thing that caught my interest the most was the way they made rice while camping. It makes sense that Japan would invent a tool to allow even the most remote campers to enjoy their dinner staple. Here’s a picture:

You simply pour pre-soaked, uncooked rice in the container, add water, and cook on the open flame until the water is evaporated. It took about 45 minutes.

Don’t forget to bring a shamoji along to scoop out the rice!

To my surprise the rice was just as good, if not better, than the rice we make in our rice cooker at home. Khoa and I have been eating rice every day since living in Japan. Maybe we’ll buy a few of these campfire rice cookers to take home to the US so we can enjoy rice wherever we may roam.


7 thoughts on “Cooking Rice on a Campfire

  1. Tess August 19, 2012 / 10:02 am

    I wonder why the

    traditional style of fishing for sazae (sea snails) that has become less popular in modern times

    has become less popular? I read a post in a Greek blog about a husband bringing home a bucket-ful of snails from a trip to the islands. She went into great detail about how many steps it took to clean and prepare them for dinner…

    Love you blog.

    • youmeandatanuki August 19, 2012 / 10:13 am

      I think it’s because people can easily use snorkels or scuba gear to get the sea snails instead of the traditional method. I’ll be going into more detail about this method in a post soon. Stay tuned! 🙂

  2. mindfulness4now August 19, 2012 / 8:20 pm

    Next time i’m going camping I’ll consider this idea. Thankyou

  3. horimasa August 19, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Japan Reblogged and commented:
    Cooking rice when camping. The hangou (飯盒) is mainly used at camping in Japan.

  4. sybaritica August 21, 2012 / 8:35 am

    Interesting post .. of course, *everything* tastes better over a campfire 🙂

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