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Old 07-20-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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Manifold Cooking Anyone ?

Walking thru Library and saw "Manifold Destiny" by Chris Maynard & Bill Scheller. A cook book about cooking on the manifold as we drive down the highway. Has technique's and Recipes. Have had it only 5 min. So will read and try.
Does any one do this ? Do you have Recipes?

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Old 07-20-2010, 12:00 PM   #2
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:02 PM   #3
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A few years back, about 30 yrs, I found that I could put a can of ravioli on the engine of my VW bus and it would warm it up nicely. On the downside, it always had a bit of a fumey oil tast. Probably just my imagination. When you mess with an air-cooled VW motor everything seems oily for awhile anyway. : - )
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:11 PM   #4
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Not so much cooking as heating things up. At work we put our lunches on the equipment engines.Nice hot lunch.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:13 PM   #5
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Nothing fancy here. We've heated hot dogs, sammiches, and liquids on cold days when we take a break from riding.

Good to wrap the food in foil before laying on the manifold.

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Old 07-26-2010, 03:51 AM   #6
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Smile The Best Dang Q...

While snowmobiling, we'd put ribs wrapped it tin foil with lots of sea weed to kind'a steam'um under the hood to get'um a cook'in. And then towards, when we got hungry, we'd stop off, go into the woods and collect firewood, build a nice fire trail-side, mind you, to keep warm and to add the finishing touches of the best and Most tender, [ fall off the bone ] BBQ'ed ribs that you ever tasted!... Add you're own sauce to taste!

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Old 07-26-2010, 06:32 AM   #7
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I have heard of cooking foil packets in the dishwasher - but not the manifold. Both seem odd to me. Guess the dishwasher is JUST novelty - at least manifold might be energy-saving.... ???

Curious to hear results if you give it a try.

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Old 07-26-2010, 07:24 AM   #8
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A number of years ago (lots really) my wife and I were traveling across Michigan to a Lake Huron State Park. We had just read about manifold cooking so I decided to give it a try. I wrapped a small pot roast in lots of tin foil along with the additional veggies, laid it gently where it wouldn't fall out, come unwrapped, or anything else and we took off. We drove for several hours from the Grand Rapids area wondering how our lunch was coming along. When we finally arrived at Lake Huron, we gently retrieved our lunch, unwrapped it and figured we might have to build a fire to complete the cooking. Let me tell others were frying hot dogs and hamburgers, to smell the aroma of a freshly cooked pot roast, in the woods, was indescribable. I can still remember the smell overpowering neighboring hot dogs, etc... It was the most wonderful picnic we've ever had - and we've had a bunch of them. No additional cooking was needed - and it was just dumb luck that our drive time and the cooking time were basically the same. I doubt we could do it again with no outside assistance, but that one time was miraculous! I suggest you give it a try as I can attest, it works! Good luck and Happy Trails!
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:01 AM   #9
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When I was across the big pond,we used the manifold to warm up cans of C Rations,if you drove too long,if you heard a big boom under the hood you might be smelling beanie weinies for a week or so. We also used C-4,but I think that is a little hard to get around here.Dave
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:19 AM   #10
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Back in the 60's (oh, man, just saying that makes me feel OLD), I used to run road rallies in my SAAB (3 cylinder/2 cycle motor) and we would cook on the manifold all the time. Since I've grown up and have had real jobs, I've shyed away from that method. There is always a restaurant/snack bar/etc at the next exit ramp or two if I'm hungry.
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:17 PM   #11
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Shades of Boy Scouts and our Ph.D. EE Scoutmaster cooking our foil pack lunches on the intake manifold of the V6-305/4-speed engine of his 1962 Suburban en route to another weekend camp out . . and Arkansas Travelers (beignets or fried dough) late, late, late after another round of Capture the Flag, served off the tailgate.

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