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I bought a nice, small dutch oven a time ago and have used it in the kitchen. For camping- what are some of the better recipes, that is, easy to cook in the wilds and easy to clean up.
 
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To be easy to clean make sure it’s well seasoned. Get it hot and oil it every time you use it.
In the woods anything you can make at home will make in the pot.
Oatmeal, corn meal, grits, maltomeal, rice will cook in the pot but is a pain to clean. A quick bread, pancake, or Johnny cake is easier to fry up in the field.
Boiled or stewed meat is easy and cleansup with a wipe.
Raised bread can be baked if you have a lid
If your pots dirty a scoop of wood ash in water and boiled will clean it quickly, just heat dry and oil well when done
 
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I've cooked just anything you could do at home in a Dutch oven, if your trying to bake something one with legs and a flat top is best, coals under and on the lid will bake everything from pies to biscuits. If your doing stewed items a dome top is good because it return the liquids back into the pots, for this you need a good set of fire irons so you can rotate the oven away from the heat.
 
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Somewhere around here is a book titled "Dutch Oven Cookbook" (or similar title). We used it on Boy Scout campouts for years. Boys earned "cooking" merit badges with ours Dutch Oven. Results varied. Like all cast iron, once seasoned, they are great. Resist the urge to use soap inside unless you enjoy the flavor of "Dawn".
 
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Also, if you cook or bake much with a stove and oven most recipes can be adapted to a Dutch oven. Also when cooking or baking while camping almost anything tastes great as long as it isn’t burnt or raw.
 
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Patrick McManus tells a story of his ‘old man’ he always had an old man as a friend an mentor and now he has old Ed, who is on his second century.
Ed wants Pat to take him on one more camping trip up to Huckleberry lake seventy five miles in the wilderness. When telling Pat he wants one more camping trip he says he would like to fish and camp and burn some food over a campfire just one more time
I’ve made more then one meal Ol’Ed would enjoy
 

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Do a search for:
Lovin Dutch Ovens by Joan Larsen
One of my favorites.
 
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Patrick McManus tells a story of his ‘old man’ he always had an old man as a friend an mentor and now he has old Ed, who is on his second century.
Ed wants Pat to take him on one more camping trip up to Huckleberry lake seventy five miles in the wilderness. When telling Pat he wants one more camping trip he says he would like to fish and camp and burn some food over a campfire just one more time
I’ve made more then one meal Ol’Ed would enjoy
It's truly funny so here you have it.
McManusComedies - Old Ed - YouTube
 

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I bought a nice, small dutch oven a time ago and have used it in the kitchen. For camping- what are some of the better recipes, that is, easy to cook in the wilds and easy to clean up.
A stew with your choice of meat, a variety of vegetables, and a good beer.
 

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I'm not sure on the size but it has 3 legs and a rimmed top. I bought a trivet(?) that fits inside so you could have a small pie plate or dish on this trivet inside the Dutch oven.
I'm not sure how to know what the heat is inside, I know you are supposed to pile coals on top. That was sort of my question, such as if you can cook meat anywhere from 225 to 300 degree so it always comes out okay but if biscuits have to be 400 degree or the don't come out correctly, then maybe skip that.
 
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For biscuits you want a good amount of coals on top, and coals in a circle at the bottom, with it over bare ground. Turn the top one way, the bottom the other.
A tin plate will work as well as a cast iron top and save you some weight.
Cake or cobbler the same
 
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Easy peasy, two cans of fruit of choice, cake mix box dumped over fruit, quarter pound butter on top of cake mix, sprinkle some cinnamon on it. Seal, charcoal bottom and top but not too much. 30 or 40 minutes later you have a dump cake.
I have four dutch ovens, use them all but not as much as I used to.
 
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Look up Mexican POZOLE or POSOLE made with cubed pork (browned) seasoned Mexican style and cooked up with a lot of hominy, add a beer to it, just some coriander roasted dry and crushed, some oregano or cilantro, bay leaves, cumin, and garlic and onion, red peppers of your choice, (Gringos can't take too much) +1 can tomato sauce, Cook slow for a while, Serve with tortillas and cerveza frio (cold beer). Some people like stuff like radishes and cabbage and lime slices, and corn tortillas fried crispy (tostadas).
 

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DUMP CAKE
Dutch Oven Cooking​


[2] 20 oz. Cans cherry pie filling



[1] yellow cake mix ( 18 oz. ) or ( two Jiffy mixes )



[1] 8 oz. lemon-lime soda ( drink 4 oz. )





Line a 12" Dutch oven with foil. Pour in pie filling. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over filling. Pour pop over the cake mix. Stir gently to combine cake mix and pop only ( not pie filling ).



Bake 35 minutes until top is brown and springs back to the touch. Use approximately 9 coals on the bottom and 10-12 on the top.



Try Apple in one half, Peach in the other. Do not mix together.



Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes at 350* ???



Clean Up…..Wad up foil…Wash dirty spoon.



 
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Beef,deer,lamb, mutton,goat, elk,buff, any one or mixed, two pounds cut in to half inch cubes.
dredge in flour, salt and pepper till well covered
Lard in the pot and get it hot.cut one onion in half place face down in hot grease, cook until very dark and remove.
dice and onion and a good amount of garlic. Remove from the fire and let cool just a little addthe onion and garlic stir till it’s becomes translucent. You mayhave to return to fire. Remove them from the pan. Add the floured meat to the grease and brown.Add a qt ofbeef broth to the pot. Put in the chopped onion/garlic, lay the dark half onion on the meat, add two quartered potatoes, two large carrots in large pieces
Cover and stick in coals about half on top and not too many under neath.
keep cooking for about three hours, check often to make sure it doesn’t dry out but the flour on the meat will make a gravy, you don’t want it too thick or to burn
Near your times end make up two cups flour, 1/3 cup lard, salt and milk or water, baking powder. Mix to a good dough but don’t over knead.
Break of egg sized balls and lay on top of your meat gravy mix. Cover the pot and pile coals just on top. Let bake for 20 min to half an hour. Check to see if brown. Brown dumpling in the bottom of the bowl, meat veg and gravy on the top. The hall on in broke up in to the bowls
 

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