With camping season upcoming, campers who like to rough it a bit and do it the old fashioned cooking way (no microwave), they owe it to themselves to check out cooking with a Dutch oven.
This tried and true method can prepare a variety of meals and desserts with simple cookware. And to get ideas on how to proceed, my friend and award winning outdoor writer, book publisher and former editor of Progressive Farmer magazine, J. Wayne Fears has authored a book specifically for cooking with a Dutch oven.
“The Dutch Oven, says Fears, is the one cooking pot that does it all: It bakes bread, streams vegetables, boils seafood, fries eggs, stews wild game and broils meat. Dutch ovens produce great-tasting food with a small amount of effort and a lot of fun.”
In his book, “The Lodge Book of Dutch Oven Cooking,” Fears produced a comprehensive guide for not only preparing meals in a Dutch oven, but details the in-depth look into cleaning and maintenance, how Dutch ovens are crafted and what to look for when you’re purchasing your first Dutch oven. You’ll even learn about handy accessories. It’s a one appliance that can prepare a multitude of meals, such as the following:
* Sourdough biscuits
* Stews and soups
* Baked salmon
* Hearty meatloaf
* Peach cobbler
* French coconut pie
* Apple pie and many more delightful dishes.
So whether you’re camping or throwing a party for friends, Dutch ovens will make cooking, simple and enjoyable. And clean-up is easy.
J. Wayne is prolific outdoor writer, Explorer’s Club member, member of the International Dutch Oven Society, author of various outdoor cookbooks and has served as judge at many cook-offs including the National Cornbread Cook-Off, so you can trust his advice and his tested and delicious recipes.
Fears’ book is available in paperback from Skyhorse Publishing and is also available an an eBook.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.