Camping is a way that we can step back in time and visit our ancestors. We unplug and become self sufficient and primitive. It allows us to relate and imagine what being a pioneer on the trail could have been like. Sleeping under the stars, cooking over an open campfire while spending quality uninterrupted time with or family….Relaxing
Cooking outdoors is one thing that hasn’t changed to much over the years. Cast Iron, open flames and grills are still used today similar to the way our ancestors used them. A cast iron dutch oven is a favorite camp cooking accessory. Soup to bread all made at a campsite.
The dutch oven was once call the black pot or cauldron. Columbus actually brought black posts with him and pilgrims used them. Later they were sold by traveling traders, and when folks saw him coming they would say “Here comes the Dutchman with his ovens” ……Dutch Oven
Using a Dutch oven can be very rewarding if you have the correct tools.
Dutch Oven Checklist
___ Dutch Ovens
___ Lid Lifter
___ Lid Rest
___ Dutch Oven Trivet
___ Long Tongs
___ Paper Towels
___ Dutch Oven Scraper
___ Spray bottle of oil
___ Don’t forget the Food!
The Best Dutch Oven Recipes
S’Mores Cake over at Polkadot Chair
I mean REALLY!!! No explanation needed.
Campfire Nachos from Fresh Off the Grid
Who can’t smile over hot bubbly cheesy goodness
Beef Stew from About Travel Love a warm meal after a Fall / Winter hike.
Johnny Appleseed Cake from Everyday Dutch Oven
What an incredible website dedicated to Dutch oven Cooking
Take Care of your Dutch Oven
Proper care of your Dutch Oven will help it last for years. I cook with one of my great-grandmothers cast irons and it is wonderful. Things to remember:
- No Soap- Soap gets in to the grooves and can actually make your food taste like it.
- Use a scrapper and then wash with hot water
- Completely dry your cast iron so it will not rust. Sometimes I stick mine back in the oven or over an open flame to make sure it’s dry.
- Spread oil over cooking surface before you store it away. This will keep it properly seasoned.
So now you have a tool to channel your inner pioneer What Dutch Oven Recipe Will You Try?