Nothing compliments camping as much as a meal cooking on the campfire. And no camping experience is quite like a camp-wide pot-luck dinner with a majority of the offerings being served out of those black, cast-iron Dutch ovens!
Many people think that cooking in a Dutch oven requires special knowledge beyond the ability of the average camper. NOT TRUE! Once you learn the principals of seasoning and caring for a DO (Dutch oven) cooking is a snap. And, because a DO sitting on the campfire tends to draw an audience, there will be plenty of campers there to offer suggestions and to help sample the contents.
Step back a couple of generations, and give this timeless outdoor cooking method a try.
The pictured smorgasbord was served up at the Teardrops ‘n Tiny Travel Trailers (TNTTT) Crossroads of America gathering at McCormick’s Creek State Park, Indiana, July 14-17, 2011.
Having retired from 30 years of teaching Home Economics I have adopted Dutch oven cooking as a hobby. I have even been known to whip out the old Home Ec apron and put on a demonstration at a camping rally! Below are cards that I pass out so my audience can walk away with all the information! Be sure to check out my recipes!
The handy chart below gives an idea of how many hot coals
to use above and below to reach a certain temperature in a Dutch oven.