Dutch Ovens are the way to go when camping and you want to make delicious desserts. They can also be used to make incredible meals anywhere from meats to a pizza.During the late 17th century, the Dutch system of producing these cast metal cooking vessels was more advanced than the English system. The Dutch used dry sand to make their molds, giving their pots a smoother surface. Consequently, metal cooking vessels produced in the Netherlands were imported into Britain. In 1704, an Englishman named Abraham Darby decided to go to the Netherlands to observe the Dutch system for making these cooking vessels. Four years later, back in England, Darby patented a casting procedure similar to the Dutch process and began to produce cast-metal cooking vessels for Britain and her new American colonies. Thus the term “Dutch oven” has endured for over 300 years, since at least 1710.
Dutch ovens are well suited for long, slow cooking, such as in making roasts, stews, and casseroles. Virtually any recipe that can be cooked in a conventional oven can be cooked in a Dutch Oven.When cooking over a campfire, it is possible to use old-style lipped cast iron Dutch ovens as true baking ovens, to prepare biscuits, cakes, breads, pizzas, and even pies. A smaller baking pan can be placed inside the ovens, used and replaced with another as the first batch is completed. It is also possible to stack Dutch ovens on top of each other, conserving the heat that would normally rise from the hot coals on the top. These stacks can be as high as 5 or 6 pots.A camping, cowboy, or chuckwagon Dutch oven has three legs, a wire bail handle, and a slightly concave, rimmed lid so that coals from the cooking fire can be placed on top as well as below. This provides more uniform internal heat and lets the inside act as an oven. These ovens are typically made of bare cast iron, although some are aluminum. Dutch ovens are often used in Scouting outdoor activities.
Camp Chef 12″ Deep Dutch Oven
This is the Dutch Oven I own. I love it and it has stood up to many camp outings.People traditionally season their iron Dutch ovens like other cast-iron cookware.After I use the Dutch oven they are typically cleaned like other cast iron cookware: with boiling water and a brush, and no or minimal soap. After the oven has been dried, it should be given a thin coating of cooking oil to prevent rusting. Whether that should be a vegetable fat.I use cooking spray,it”s easy to apply and works fine. Saturated fats are more stable than polyunsaturated fats, which tend to go rancid more quickly.I then place it on my coleman stove and I heat it up to soak in the oils and season it.
Where possible, a cleaned and freshly oiled Dutch oven should be stored in a clean, dry location with the lid ajar or off to promote air circulation and to avoid the smell and taste of rancid oil. If the Dutch oven must be stored with the lid on, a paper towel or piece of newspaper should be placed inside the oven to absorb any moisture.With care, after much use the surfaces of the Dutch oven will become dark black, very smooth, shiny and non-stick. With proper care, a Dutch oven will provide long service.
Camp Chef 12″ Dutch Oven Carry Bag
I have this carrying bag that keeps it together and protects it from banging around and getting dirty or wet.
Camp Chef Dutch Oven Lifter
You can use this lid lifter to check on your meal and move the unit around when its hot from being on the coals. I recommend it.
Camp Chef Heat Resistant Dutch Oven Gloves
Another way to handle the Dutch oven around the fire is to use these fire resistant gloves to keep from burning your hands.
Lodge Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking Cookbook
Another Dutch Oven company Lodge makes a nice in the field cooking guide. Here are a few cookbooks to check out that are great. I recommend you get one to study up on your Dutch oven cooking.
Camp Cooking: 100 Years
Thank you to the sponsor Sierra Trading Post for the wonderful video. So when your planning an outdoor trip, bring a Dutch Oven with you and cook some amazing meals. There is nothing like a fesh cooked meal over the fire after a long day in the outdoors. until next time here on campingandfishing.org