Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop With Escapees Duo

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We had the pleasure of meeting fellow Escapees, Lori & Mike on Sunday when we hosted a Dutch Oven cooking workshop at our campsite.

About 12 of us gathered for a potluck dinner and everyone got to participate in the dutch oven cooking under the guidance of our experts who have conducted small workshops as well as huge rally events for years – giving of themselves and their talents.

On the menu was lasagna, chicken & rice, bbq ribs, sourdough bread, apple dumplings and berry cobbler – all cooked in the dutch ovens assembled between the group in what is called a camp dutch oven (pictured here).

Unlike it’s traditional oven counterpart, a camping, cowboy, or chuckwagon Dutch oven has three legs, a wire bail handle, and a slightly concave, rimmed lid so that coals from the cooking fire can be placed on top as well as below. This provides more uniform internal heat and lets the inside act as an oven.

When cooking over a campfire, it is possible to use old-style lipped cast iron Dutch ovens as true baking ovens, to prepare biscuits, cakes, breads, pizzas, and even pies. A smaller baking pan can be placed inside the ovens, used and replaced with another as the first batch is completed.

It is also possible to stack Dutch ovens on top of each other, conserving the heat that would normally rise from the hot coals on the top. These stacks can be as high as 5 or 6 pots although with our high desert winds, we kept the stack to two.

Lodge Manufacturing Company which makes the majority of Dutch Ovens being sold today, distinguished the two types of ovens by calling the rounded top, flat bottom oven with no legs, a Dutch Oven. The oven with a flat lid with a lip around the edge and a flat bottom with three legs they call a “Camp Oven”.

No matter what you call it and where you get it – everyone agreed that the food was out of this world!

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