Dutch Oven Cooking Skills Checklist by xiuliliaofz

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									                              Dutch Oven Cooking
                                Skills Checklist
Member’s name:____________________________________________________

Mastering these Dutch oven cooking skills will provide a solid foundation upon which the
member may build. To achieve success in this project the skills listed below will help 4-H
leaders know what to teach and 4-H members to know what they need to learn. Have your
leader initial and date each skill as completed. Each level may take more than one year to
complete. 4-H Member must complete Level 1 before beginning Level 2, complete Level 2
before beginning Level 3 and complete Level 3 before starting Level 4.

Note: This project requires lifting heavy pots, lighting and cooking with coals. It is only
recommended for members who are 14 to 18 years old



Level 1                                                                     Date         Approved
                                                                          Completed         By

1.  Create a recipe file or recipe book that includes everything you
    cooked during the year. Include a minimum of eleven recipes.          __________     _________
 2. Cook and serve at least one recipe from each of the following
    categories: soup, stews, vegetables, quick breads, desserts,
    breakfast, and food cooked on the lid.                                ___________ __________
 3. Properly season and care for your Dutch oven cookware and
    equipment.                                                            ___________ __________
 4. Evaluate Dutch ovens and equipment for soundness, safety and
    appropriateness.                                                      ___________   __________
 5. Learn to select a safe place to use your Dutch ovens.                 ___________   __________
 6. Practice fire safety when lighting, cooking and disposing of coals.   ___________   __________
 7. Learn to use a lid lifter and lid rest.                               ___________   __________
 8. Practice safe food handling while cooking outdoors. Follow hygienic
    food preparation practices. Have water and soap supply or
    waterless hand sanitizer for cleaning hands and equipment.            ___________ __________
 9. Use an aluminum foil lining to bake two Dutch oven dishes.            ___________ __________
10. Adapt recipes from conventional cookbooks and use them to cook in
    your Dutch oven. Determine how many coals to use on top and
    bottom of your Dutch oven to cook your recipes.                       ___________ __________
Level 2: Complete Level 1 before proceeding to Level 2.                      Date       Approved
                                                                           Completed       By
1. Continue your Dutch oven recipe file or recipe book that includes
   everything you were required to cook during the year plus additional
   new recipes to equal twelve new recipes added to your Level One
   recipe file or book (your file/book should have a minimum of 23
   recipes).                                                               __________   _________
2. Cook and serve Dutch Oven meals using two Dutch Ovens. Cook
   and serve at least twelve new recipes; no more than two from any
   one category following: soup, stews, vegetables, quick breads,
   desserts, breakfast, and food cooked on the lid.                        ___________ __________
3. Adapt recipes from conventional cookbooks and use them to cook in
   your Dutch oven. Determine how many coals to use on top and
   bottom of your Dutch oven to cook your recipes.                         ___________ __________
4. Determine the safe temperature to cook and store meats and protein
   foods and low-acid foods. Use a meat thermometer to test your
   foods.                                                                  ___________ __________
5. Learn which foods must be refrigerated promptly during and after
   preparation. Use a refrigerator thermometer to test your refrigerator
   or ice chest.                                                           ___________ __________
6. Make egg carton and wax fire-starters to use when starting your
   coals.                                                                  ___________ __________
7. Compare taste, quality, texture and appearance of conventionally
   baked quick breads with those cooked in a Dutch oven.                   ___________ __________
8. Experiment with various amounts of heat (coals) to cook quick
   breads. Determine how many coals equal a 325° oven. Test it with
   an oven thermometer.                                                    ___________ __________
                                                                              Date       Approved
Level 3: Complete Level 2 before proceeding to Level 3.                     Completed       By

1. Continue your Dutch Oven recipe file or recipe book that includes
   everything you cooked during the year plus additional new recipes to
   equal sixteen new recipes added to those in your Level One and
   Level Two recipe file or book (your file/book should have a minimum
   of 39 recipes).                                                          __________   _________
2. Cook and serve Dutch oven meals using two Dutch ovens. Cook and
   serve at least eleven new recipes:
           Two meat (beef, pork, lamb, game) recipes, using two different
           cooking methods (roasting, frying, braising).
           Two fowl (turkey, chicken, game) recipes, using two different
           cooking methods (roasting, frying, braising).
           One loaf yeast bread.
           One yeast dinner roll recipe.
           One yeast sweet roll recipe.
           One yeast pizza dough recipe.
           One recipe cooked over an open flame.
           One additional meat.
                                                                            ___________ __________
           One additional bread.

3. Adapt recipes from conventional cookbooks and use them to cook in
   your Dutch oven. Determine how many coals to use on top and
   bottom of your Dutch oven to cook your recipes.                          ___________ __________
4. Using the appropriate thermometer, measure the temperature of your
   Dutch oven throughout the cooking process and compare the
   temperatures of a meat with a soup or stew.                              ___________ __________
5. Plan five evening meals for Dutch oven cooking. (A family of four)       ___________ __________
6. Learn how much food equals a serving and measure your “normal”
   portion to determine how many servings you are eating.                   ___________ __________
7. Participate in a Dutch Oven cook-off.                                    ___________ __________
Level 4: Complete Level 3 before proceeding to Level 4.                       Date       Approved
                                                                            Completed       By
1. Continue your Dutch Oven recipe file or recipe book that includes
   everything you cooked during the year plus additional new recipes to
   equal sixteen new recipes added to those in your Level One, Level
   Two and Level Three recipe file or book. Include a section for menu
   plans, including plan, complete menu, cost (budget vs. actual) and       __________   _________
   number of pots used for the large group meal, and the 3 complete
   meals prepared.
2. Plan, budget, cook and serve three complete meals using at least
   three Dutch ovens. A complete meal includes at least a main course,
   side dish, bread and dessert. Suggestion: plan and budget a meal at
   one meeting and cook that meal at the next meeting.                      ___________ __________
3. Cater a meal – plan, budget, cook and serve at least one Dutch oven
   meal for a large group (50 to 100 people). For example: PTA groups,
   4-H camp or groups, family reunions, or church groups, etc.              ___________ __________
4. Adapt recipes from conventional cookbooks and use them to cook in
   your Dutch oven. Determine how many coals to use on top and
   bottom of your Dutch oven to cook your recipes.                          ___________ __________
5. Experiment and compare different types of coals: ordinary briquettes,
   self-starting briquettes and wood coals. Determine which works best
   for you. Determine which is most cost effective.                         ___________ __________
6. Bake two recipes using a rack inside your Dutch oven.                    ___________ __________
7. Experiment with briquettes. Find out if your book or other resource is
   correct. How many briquettes on top and bottom of your Dutch oven
   produce a 325° oven, a 350° oven, and a 400° oven. If you have
   different size Dutch ovens compare them.                                 ___________ __________
8. Cook at least one meal with your Dutch ovens stacked. How do
   things cook differently?                                                 ___________ __________
9. Participate in a Dutch Oven cook-off.                                    ___________ __________

								
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