Dutch ovens have been used for many, many years! They require nothing special, other than the pots themselves. Charcoal can be used but so can chunks of wood. The Dutch Ovens I’m talking about are the cast iron pots with the legs (for sitting over the coals), and with the flat lid with the rim (for placing coals on the lid) and with the handle that can be used to hang the pots over an open fire. There are many sizes and they can be stacked for efficiency while cooking (or storing).
This is a post I did when I first got my Dutch Ovens..
Whether using wood or charcoal, there’s a bit of a learning curve to creating amazing meals in a Dutch Oven. It takes a little practice to get the coals positioned correctly and to get even heating. I’m not quite there yet but those who are the experts make amazing meals in these pots.
These are a couple of sites with info I found useful:
- Backwoods Home
- Every Day Dutch Oven (amazing recipes here!)
- Dutch Oven (recipe link on left sidebar)
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don’t forget Pinterest when searching for Dutch Oven ideas! In some areas, there are “Dutch Oven Societies” or groups so check your area to see if there’s such a group. If you’re interested, many welcome guests at their meetings and they’re happy to share their love/addiction to Dutch Oven cooking.
For the linkup or in your comments, please write about any ideas you have regarding Dutch Oven cooking, or ideas you came up while cooking your dinner tonight, as to what you would do if you were preparing this same meal and trying to do without power.