Camp Dutch oven cooking is simple and fun when you know how!
You can make delicious meals and desserts in a camp Dutch oven. Here are some Dutch oven cooking tips to make your campfire Dutch oven experience a success.
A well-seasoned Dutch oven has a non-stick surface - just effective as Teflon, and much healthier to use!
Here are the instructions for seasoning cast iron - and everything else you need to know about Dutch oven care.
Be sure to season the oven at home - not at camp. It is a much easier process in the comfort of your kitchen!
Besides the oven itself, you'll need
You may also want a tripod for suspending the oven over the fire, or a special lid lifter. I haven't used either of these, but they look handy!
Don't wait until you are hungry before you start the fire! Build it long before you want to eat. It will take a while for the fire to burn down to coals.
The long-handled spade comes in handy here!
One side of the firepit is your cooking area. The other side is for making fresh coals.
Continue feeding the fire so you'll have fresh coals if you need them.
Bring the oven to cooking temperature before you put the food in it.
Once the coals are ready, place the empty Dutch oven on the coals, with its lid on.
Of course, this will vary from person to person. Some people can stand more heat than others. Once you've done this a few times, you'll know your own tolerance.
Remove it from the firepit, move some of the coals to the side, and put the oven back.
Cooking time will be unpredictable.
If things are heating up too quickly, take the Dutch oven off the fire for a few minutes.
Just like when you cooking on a stove at home!
No matter how careful you are, ashes will float onto the top of the lid.
Each time you remove the lid, go slowly and carefully so that the ashes don't end up in your food.
As you might guess, camp Dutch oven cooking takes all of your attention!
Don't plan to do other things at the same time. Have another adult on child duty while you're cooking.
Following these tips will help to ensure that your camp Dutch oven cooking is a success!
Now that you know about camp Dutch oven cooking, visit this page for even more Dutch oven information and some easy recipes.
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