Dutch Oven Camping

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					Dutch Oven Camping

Camping presents an opportunity to try new things and have new
experiences. Many people who go camping rely on hot dogs or freeze dried
food for meals. It seems that camping is synonymous with bad food.
However, there is a way to eat great, even gourmet, food while camping
and it's through a Dutch oven.

Dutch ovens are simply a type of cast iron pot that is used while camping
to cook. You can use them over an open fame hanging from a tripod, but
the most common use is to bury them in hot coals. This makes the food
cook evenly. You can also use them on specially made tables that make
them more like a grill. You can cook pretty much anything in a Dutch
oven. It is a great way to make your favorite homemade dishes while out
camping. One of the most popular Dutch oven dishes is cobbler. Dutch
ovens are absolutely perfect for cobbler and the whole family will love

It is important to take good care of your Dutch oven while camping and
prior to leaving. Cast iron is very susceptible to rust, so you'll want
to season it before you leave home. You'll want to avoid soap when
cleaning it because that will breakdown the protective barrier in the
Dutch oven that helps to prevent rust. There are also aluminum Dutch
ovens now that you can use when camping. These are easier to care for
and a lot lighter which is making them gain popularity with camping
crowds. However, cooking in them will be different because they heat
faster and loose heat faster.

If you do decide to go with an aluminum Dutch oven for your camping trip,
try and pick recipes that were written for the aluminum variety. Also,
it is easier to burn food when cooking with the aluminum Dutch ovens.
This is important because it is easy to get distracted while camping and
burn the food. Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than burnt food; you
most likely won't bring enough to make another meal like you could at
home, so you'll just have to tough it out.

If you plan your meals before leaving to go camping, you can eat like a
king with the help of your Dutch oven. Find Dutch oven recipes online
for all your favorite dishes and maybe even try a few new things. It's
not uncommon for some families to have better food while camping than
while at home thanks to the Dutch oven. Make sure you bring enough
ingredients to make everything you want. You'll also want to bring some
easy backup food in case anything goes wrong with your Dutch oven
cooking. Be sure to keep track of how many briquettes each recipe calls
for, you want to make sure you have enough with you to cook all the
dishes you want at the same time.

You'll also need to bring all the accessories you'll need for your Dutch
oven with you on your camping trip. You'll need thick gloves, wooden
spoons, metal tongs, and a lid lifter. If it is your first time using a
Dutch oven then you might want to even have a trial run at home before
you go on your camping trip. With a little practice Dutch oven cooking
can really add a tasty touch to your family's next camping excursion.