For Christmas, I acquired a few essential items to make cooking with a Dutch oven easier. Whether it be in your yard or camping, here are the ten things you need to indulge this quirky interest.
10 things you need for Dutch oven cooking:
- a Lodge Dutch Oven, preferably one with legs
- a Dutch oven lid and pot holder
- a Dutch Oven carrying case
- long tongs for moving the coals
- heat-resistant gloves
- charcoal briquettes
- charcoal chimney (and newspaper)
- matches (long stem a plus)
- free baking temperature chart for coals (*laminate it for re-use)
- You also need good recipes.
A Dutch oven is like the oven in your kitchen, only portable. Baked, roasted, boiled or sautéed foods are easy to make in them. I’ve prepared a variety of foods including: lasagna, stir-fry, corn bread, steal-cut-oats and cinnamon roles.
I can’t take full credit for my interest in the cast-iron cooking vessel. A few friends introduced me to using it on homeschooling campout. After watching them use it and tasting what they made, I wanted a Dutch oven too. Now Patricia, from Wonderfarm, another buddy, and I use them to carry-on their tradition of cooking dinner for over sixty homeschoolers.
The history of the Dutch oven is very interesting. As with many of my interests, I’ve shared what I’ve learned with our daughter.
The one thing I haven’t tried is stacking Dutch ovens. I envision inviting a few friends who have one over to attempt cooking with them vertically. Now that would qualify us as the ultimate urban Dutch oven geeks.
Please let me know if you own one. Have you cooked with them stacked? Does using one interest you?