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Cooking in the Outdoors

I like cooking with a Dutch oven, whether it be over a campfire or a camp stove. There is something special about cooking wth a Dutch Oven. Once you get the hang of it you can cook or bake anything that can be cooked or baked at home.

I have baked tasty one dish meals such as stew and soups in a Dutch Oven that have turned out perfect especially when out in the outdoors. Other meals and snacks that can be made are pizza, rolls, and cakes. Meat is another savory meal that can be cooked to perfection in a Dutch Oven.

There are a few things concerning the cooking source that are vital to fruitful Dutch oven cooking. They can cause the difference between undercooked or burnt food.

When I am near cooking a meat dish such as ribs, chicken or roast, I like to brown the meat in the Dutch oven on a camp stove. The delcious flavor from the browned meat is in the Dutch oven and makes the finished product tasty. Another thing it does is this gets the Dutch oven hot so when it is placed on the coals, they sustain the heat and energy so it isn’t lost trying to heat the Dutch oven up.

The heat for the Dutch oven has to be just right. To take a line from the three bears, it must be, “just right.” This might seem hard to determine, but if you are using charcoal briquettes it is no harder than counting the number of briquettes to place under and on top of the Dutch oven.

Place as many briquettes under the Dutch oven as its size plus two more than that number on the lid. What this will do is give you a temperature of 350 degrees. Imagine if if you are using a size 12 Dutch oven, place 12 briquettes under the Dutch oven and 14 on the lid. If baking is included at all I suggest using briquettes.

If you choose you want to use a campfire you will need to burn the wood down to coals and use those coals to heat the Dutch oven. One thing that I like to do is just keep the campfire burning and when I need to replace the coals, which happens about every 30 to 40 minutes, I can do it very easily. You do have to be careful because you don’t want to end up with food burned because it is too close to the fire. The best thought is probably to make a place outside the campfire to place your coals.

What I usually do is use a fire pan of some kind, the lid of a metal garbage can works fantastic, to place the coals in. This makes it a lot simpler to clean up of the ashes and you don’t have coals and ashes dispersed all over your campsite.

Cooking with wood coals depends on some skill learned by experience to deduce the right temperature for the food you are cooking. There are different types of wood that make better coals than others. We usually don’t have the luxury of having the best wood available every time and just use what is available. So it takes a small more attentiveness to make sure the dish you are preparing gets done correctly. I don’t worry about this too much when cooking meats and stews. This may be more of a problem when baking food items such as cakes and rolls. The right temperature is more vital when baking, so the item doesn’t burn or become under cooked. Doughy rolls or soggy cake is a real misfortune after all the work you go through to make them.

You can also just use a camp stove and not have a fire or coals at all. This works wonderfully with one dish meals and dishes with a lot of moisture in them. A camp stove doesn’t work the best for baked food stuffs though because there isn’t any heat on the lid.

A excellent thought is to find a dutch oven recipe that appeals to your tastes. You can find countless numbers of these recipes on the internet or in special Dutch oven cookbooks. Just follow the directions and you will have a tasty meal in no time.

M.A. Luke is an independent writer for ioVentures, Inc. Go now to dutchovenpro.com to find exciting things to cook with your dutchovenpro.com dutch oven in your dutchovenpro.com/fire-pits backyard fire pit Also find a large selection of dutchovenpro.com/camping-stoves gas camp stoves

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