Destanee Fournier. Dutch Oven. April 26th , 2017.
Accessories are an important part of your camp cooking gear! Some are just out-and-out essential, while some you may find are more of a luxury. I leave you to decide whether you want to stick to the basics or go with the works. Following is a small list of some handy tools that will make camp cooking easily possible for the camp cook. Some Dutch oven accessories include...
On the other hand are Kitchen Dutch ovens that are also called "bean pot ovens". Made of heavy cast iron with smooth bottoms and no legs, they are rimless with high domes and 2 handles. Dutch ovens are commonly made of aluminum or cast iron. The latter is heavier (20 pounds) and you need to protect it from moisture as it is susceptible to rusting. Cast iron ovens won`t easily burn your food and they retain heat, which makes them ideal for use in cold places. Meanwhile, aluminum Dutch ovens are lighter at 7 pounds and they are easier to maintain and clean. They won`t rust but extremely high temperatures can cause them to melt. However, they cool and heat up faster so they are ideal for cooking food that needs to be cooled down immediately.
Dutch Ovens are traditionally are made of cast iron, although there are some Dutch Ovens that are made of aluminum. The oven is basically a large deep pot with thick walls. It also consists of a thick lid that nests snugly with the pot. The lid has a rim along the outer edge that enables hot coals to be placed upon the lid. The bottom of the pans often have three or four legs that allow them to stand in the coals rather than directly on the hot coals. Some models are designed without legs and sit directly on the coals or on some type of rack in the fire pit. A sturdy wire handle is attached to the main pot to allow it to be lifted off of the coals.
I should add a note or two about seasoning and how that impacts your purchase as well. The seasoning is the black coating of burned-on oils that gives the dutch oven its characteristic blackness. It keeps the dutch oven from rusting, it helps transfer the heat to the food, and it also builds up, over time, to be an amazing non-stick surface, as good as Teflon!
I`m not going to cover food prep here, but now is time to put your meal in the oven. ALWAYS put your food in the oven before you start cooking. Never put food in a hot oven. The cold foot could cause your oven to crack. Think about lining the oven with foil for easy cleanup later.
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