Ash can potatoes.
We've been staying warm by the fire,
trying to keep down the heating bills by using our wood burner.
Every so often my husband empties out the ashes
into a trash container used specifically for this purpose.
We then set the container on the concrete courtyard
until we need to empty out the ashes again.
You'll see there are still some very hot coals in here too.
It was nearing lunch time so I thought why not take advantage
of these coals to cook our potatoes
rather than preheating the oven for 10 minutes or so
plus bake time for the taters.
I washed the potatoes and double wrapped them in foil.
Set them in the can and covered them with some of the coals.
Then I put the lid on the container and pulled up the handle.
I turned them after a half hour, making sure to stir the coals.
When I tested them, they were done.
We ended up with plenty of potatoes for lunch,
tender and hot enough to melt some delicious butter.
I avoided using the oven and it was little to no work at all.