Learning to use the pie iron at Scioto Grove Metro Park

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Close to a dozen residents across the region traveled to Scioto Grove Metro Park in Grove City to participate in a pie iron cooking demonstration hosted by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks on Jan. 29. Pictured here (at left) is Whitehall resident Justina Syu who is listening intently as outdoor adventure programmer Kim Deal explains the tricks of the fire-based cooking trade. “The first thing to know about pie iron cooking is that it is an inexact science,” said Deal. “If you think it needs another minute or two, it could very well be burned to a crisp by then.” Or as is the case of Syu’s finished pie-iron pizza, a “delicious snack” devoid of the flavorful taste of burned toast. If you missed your chance to experience pie iron cooking, you are in luck: another demonstration is planned at Scioto Grove on Feb. 19 at the Arrowhead Picnic Area from 12:30 to 2 p.m. For other planned outdoor activities at Scioto Grove, search under “Program Search” at metroparks.net.
Columbus residents Katie McCombs (left) and Ana Richters (right) proudly showcase their pie iron pizzas. Richters said though her first foray into pie iron cooking ended up “a little crispy,” it was still delightful.
Tom DeGreeter declares this pie iron creation to be “picture perfect.” The Pickerington resident said it’s been a while since he has cooked with a pie iron but likened it to riding a bike. “It’s really easy and fun once you get the hang of it.”

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