Fresh baked bread can make for a memorable camping meal and it is easily done in a Dutch Oven. There are just a few things to do in order to ensure your success. Your family will love you for it.
Tip One: When cooking with your Dutch Oven, try to start with a moderate number of coals and then work up as needed.
Tip Two: Check your dish often to ensure that everything is cooking properly. If you find that your food is burning, try reducing the number of coals. If it is not cooking at all, try adding coals for more heat.
Tip Three: During the cooking process, don’t forget to rotate your oven on the coals to ensure even cooking. Use your Dutch Oven lid lifter to turn your cover on occasion also. This can be done as often as every fifteen minutes to distribute your heat evenly.
Tip Four: When making some types of desserts and breads, try lining your oven with aluminium foil. This will make cleanup a whole lot easier and, in most cases, will not hamper the cooking time.
Tip Five: If you decide to cook out on a windy day, provide a wind break for your campfire and Dutch Oven. This helps to keep the heat generated from your coals on your oven and not just blowing away in the wind.
Tip Six: Keep a pair of gloves and tongs close for handling fuels and other safety essentials handy when working with hot coals or fire.
Tip Seven: When using your Dutch oven cookware, keep a kitchen timer handy for keeping track for the amount of time your food has been cooking.
Tip Eight: Start your coals well before they are needed to make sure they are glowing and ready. You may also have to add more coals during cooking time if the older ones start to cool.
Tip Nine: Using charcoal briquettes is a quick and convenient way to cook with your oven though your wood fire can work well, too.
Tip Ten: Equip yourself with a good Dutch Oven cookbook. Test many different recipes, using a variety of ingredients. The more you use your Dutch Oven, the more comfortable you are going to be when cooking for a crowd at the campground.
Cooking with your cast iron Dutch Oven is fun and very rewarding! You can find some delicious bread recipes at No-Knead Bread Three Ways: Savory (And Sweet) Add-Ins