We set the milk cans on propane camp stoves with the lids slightly ajar. The steam from the boiling liquids inside the milk cans cooked the food to perfection in about an hour.
Once the food was cooked, we poured the milk can contents into big washtubs.
We then separated the food into large bowls since it would be served family style. We put cookie sheets over the tops of the bowls to keep the food warm until everyone was seated.
Sixteen members of my family were there to help, so once everyone was seated, we each took a bowl of food to a table along with some rolls. The food was passed around the table so each person could serve themselves.
We left a “washtub full of leftovers” on the kitchen counter—so anyone who wanted more to eat could come and dish out what they wanted.
After everyone had eaten, this was all we had left over. Pretty amazing!!!
This is the second year my family has provided a dinner like this for the MDA Summer Camp. (Things went much smoother this year since we knew what we were doing!) We decided a few years ago to use the money we would have spent on Christmas gifts for each other to purchase the food for the milk can dinner. It’s a tradition we plan to continue for many years.
We were very grateful to have the opportunity to provide a meal for the campers and volunteers at the 2013 MDA Summer Camp and hope it made a difference in their camp experience this year.
Donna G. Demonstrator Training
This is awesome, Donna! Good for you. Bet it was super yummy, too!