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Posted 29 October 2006 - 04:10 PM

Years ago while surfing the net I stumbled on to people using dutch ovens while camping. At that point I realized that I had to try it. Not long after I found myself the proud owner of a new dutch oven and scheduled a camping trip just to try it.

I have used mine with charcaol and with coals from the fire. The best things that I have cooked are desserts. Take a cake mix, put it in the oven, add fruit pie filling and cook (don't stir it up)... YUMMY!!! :unsure:

If you are using one or more; what are you cooking in it? And are you using charcoal or hot coals from the fire?

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:20 PM

Years ago while surfing the net I stumbled on to people using dutch ovens while camping. At that point I realized that I had to try it. Not long after I found myself the proud owner of a new dutch oven and scheduled a camping trip just to try it.

I have used mine with charcaol and with coals from the fire. The best things that I have cooked are desserts. Take a cake mix, put it in the oven, add fruit pie filling and cook (don't stir it up)... YUMMY!!! :unsure:

If you are using one or more; what are you cooking in it? And are you using charcoal or hot coals from the fire?


When I thought of dutch oven, I thought of stew with dumplings, but more importantly Pineapple upside down cake!

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 03:49 PM

my wife loves to dutch oven cook when we go camping. We have three sizes and use charcoal. Most of her recipes have specific numbers of briquets for top and bottom. I don't know much about the recipes, she is usually doing that while the boys and I are off fishing and hiking. I do know there are some pretty fine eating with some peaches and some sort of cake stuff.

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 07:54 AM

Brothers...My dad is a dutch oven man!!!! He has cooked stews and others but his favorite is the stawberry cobbler!!!! it's awesome...I dont have one but may be gettin one.....His recipes are the same as redbear's...specific # of brickets on the top and bottom...again...like many things...dutch oven cooking is a thing of our past and many folks of today have not a clue of what a dutch oven is...much less a cast iron frying pan...that's the best thing in the world to cook in...expecialy corn bread!!!!!
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 09:24 AM

Interesting subject " Cast Iron"

I have my grandmothers whole set.
My grandmother today if alive would be well over 100.
Every time I fry chicken, thats what I use is her 12" skillett.
That aint all I cook in it though.

They are blacker than black LOL.
She passed in 1958, and then Mother got them
and I can remember all the meals Momma fixed in those skillittes.

Now Momma has gone to be with the Lord (2000) and I have them.

I dont use anything else. there are a 12" skillett a 10" and a 8"
the 8" is what I make my corn bread in...

Also have a dutch oven I use to make some fantastic chilli with.
Never have used them in the Outdoors (these anyway)
but I baught some others I use them outdoors.

If these Skilletts could talk, What memories they have from my Grandmother
to Mother, and now to me.
Momma was born in 1921 so Grandmaw had to have these way before that Im sure,
as momma was the thrid child .

Any time Im at a yard sale, for some strange reason
I always look for Cast Iron skilletts and the like :) .

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 12:22 AM

I have been dutch oven cooking for over 12 years.  You should see the fellow campers stop to look at what I am doing when I cook.  I own three and my neighbor has 3.  I had two stacks of three high last July at our church family camp.  I baked eggs in 2 ovens and hash browns in 4 ovens.  I made dutch oven tables out of plow discs.  They are great for keeping a dutch out of the snow while cooking and saving our back.

  I also have my parents cast iron and my wife's grandparents cast iron.  I am a cast iron freak.   ;)   I have a couple of Teflon skillets but they rarely get used.  I have 4 skillets, three griddles, waffle iron on a charcoal ring and a corn bread mold pan.
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Posted 10 February 2007 - 02:45 PM

I want to get one before our church camp out this summer. I think that they are terrific way to cook. We truck camp, so it is not a problem for us.

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:05 PM

Hello gunnin for fun,

They are a good conversation at camp outs and
just plain great to cook with truthfuly to me

Aint Nuttin Better  :o  
Guess you could call me a cast Iron freak too LOL   ;)
after ya call me a Jesus Freak    :)

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 07:36 PM

My wife is a master at dutch oven cooking, that is her favorite part of the camping trips, lucky me.

Here is a list of the things I can remember...

- Chicken and Rice
- Beef or Pork pot roast
- Lasagna
- Pizza
- Misc soups
- Bread
- Bisquets
- Cherry pie
- Cherry, Peach, apple cobblers (she makes the Cake mix type and scratch types)
- Pinapple upside down cake

There are many more but my memory fails me.

She uses briquets for heat and often times will have 2 or 3 stacked up to make the complete meal.

Gotta go I'm gettin hungry.

I am truly blessed with my wife.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 08:54 PM

I need some good recipes with the briquette info.

Any websites?
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 01:03 PM

I need some good recipes with the briquette info.

Any websites?


It has been a while, but if anyone is still interested, here a some good sites that have recipes I have used with success:

Byron's Dutch Oven Recipes

justdutchovenrecipes.com

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 07:40 AM

I do a breakfast in mine that is simple but, when added to mountain air, is just awesome! Just take a pound of bacon, cut it up into bite size pieces and fry it up in your dutch oven, drain the grease, add a bag of O'brien potatoes and about at dozen scrambled eggs and bake it up. When it's almost finished add a couple of handfuls of shreaded cheddar. It eats REAL good!


Oh, and I use charcoal...

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:12 AM

I've done basically the same thing and you are right, it is really good! I also like to add peppers and onions while I'm browning the bacon just to give it a little extra kick. Sometimes I'll use cubed ham instead of or in addition to the bacon

That's what I like about a lot of these recipes. You can add or subtract an extra ingredient here or there to give a little variety.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:54 PM

I do a breakfast in mine that is simple but, when added to mountain air, is just awesome! Just take a pound of bacon, cut it up into bite size pieces and fry it up in your dutch oven, drain the grease, add a bag of O'brien potatoes and about at dozen scrambled eggs and bake it up. When it's almost finished add a couple of handfuls of shreaded cheddar. It eats REAL good!


Oh, and I use charcoal...

Ok that did it. Now I'm gonna have to get a dutch oven! Been trying to coax the family out camping. That should feed the whole brood (counting grandkids).

I saw that they sell liners as well. Do you recommend the liners for some recipes?
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Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:10 PM

I saw that they sell liners as well. Do you recommend the liners for some recipes?


A friend and I have been having a discussion over the use of liners. He likes to use the liners for the ease of clean-up and the ability to serve out of a liner. On the other hand, I am somewhat old school in this and have told him that a properly seasoned and maintained oven is very easy to clean and will keep the food warm while it is being served.

I think both points are valid. If you do not use the liners, you have to take the time to properly clean the oven which is easy as long as it is seasoned, but it does take time. On the other hand, simply pulling out a liner and throwing it away is faster. Please keep in mind that a part of the seasoning process is the continued use and cleaning of an oven, so if you always use the liners, it will never be properly seasoned.

IMO, part of cooking in a dutch oven is the ability to serve and keep the food warm regardless of the climate conditions. If you are in a winter camp, the oven will keep the food warm for much longer than a liner will. There is also something cool about serving out of a dutch oven while on a campout that is missing with a liner. Granted, you can leave the liner in the oven and serve it that way, but chances are that a little bit will get spilled or dripped and you will end up having to clean the oven anyways.

I hope this helps a little bit. I really didn’t mean to go on for so long…..

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 06:13 AM

Hello guys,
This is an excellent Dutch Oven site.

http://www.lsdos.com Lone Star Dutch Oven Society

Dutch Oven is also Texas Official cooking implement. There is a link on the bottom right for this info too.

Go to the "Merchandise" link after you ENTER for a cookbook

"A Texas Treasury of Dutch Oven Cooking".


Competition Recipes of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society. This 232 page cookbook is comb bound with a laminated cover. The recipes were compiled from the 1995 and 1996 Cookoff seasons and are competition tested. Many of the recipes contain the history behind the recipe. This history information makes the book a unique and rich Texas Treasure. The overview includes a number of hints and tips on buying and seasoning an oven, "the Dinwiddie method of Charcoal Briquet Use", temperature control, and other interesting tidbits of information. This book is truly a must have for all Dutch Oven cooks.


Cost: $18.50 ($15.00 plus $3.50 S&H)


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 07:06 AM

I have a Dutch Oven and love it. Cook with it a lot. At home and while camping

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 10:07 AM

Have you ever come accross the blogsite "the fly fishin' Christian"?
He's into dutch ovens and coffee grinders as well as fishing.
It's a fun blog to read, with an eclectic mix of fly fishing, family, cooking, faith and random stuff.
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Posted 07 August 2009 - 04:46 PM

I'll have to check that one out....

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