How to Cook With a Dutch Oven When Camping

How to Cook With a Dutch Oven When CampingOne of the most versatile pieces of cookware a camper can take along on a camping trip is a Dutch oven. It is durable and long lasting, usually lasting more than a lifetime and keeping it in shape takes very little effort.

Though too heavy for backpacking, the ovens are well suited for car camping. Whether you want to fry, boil, roast or bake, a Dutch oven will fulfill your culinary needs. With a little preparation, your Dutch oven will cook almost any meal you desire.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Calculate how many charcoal briquettes you need to cook your food. Double the diameter measurement of your Dutch oven, to get an approximate number of briquettes required. These will keep the oven hot at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately one hour.
Step 2
Pile kindling into the center of the fire pit, encircling its outside with wood for the main campfire. Stack the charcoal briquettes on top of the center of the kindling and light the fire. The wood and kindling will light your charcoal briquettes.
Step 3
Fill your seasoned Dutch oven with food. Add foods such as a roast, chopped potatoes, carrots, onions, seasonings of choice and water, creating a pot roast. Place the lid on the oven when done and keep it in place for the duration of the cooking process.
Step 4
Allow the briquettes to light and turn to hot coals, before removing them to the side and out of the main fire. Use a metal shovel or rake to move the briquettes out of the fire.
Step 5
Calculate how many hot briquettes will go on top of the oven's lid and how many it will sit on by considering what you are cooking. If simmering, place one-third on top and two-thirds under its bottom. When baking, put two-thirds on top and one-third on the bottom. Evenly distribute an equal amount of hot coals on the bottom and top when roasting.
Step 6
Place the Dutch oven on top of the coals, adding the appropriate amount on top of the lid. Add two to three new coals at a time to the top and bottom as the originals start to burn out. Use long-handled tongs to manipulate the coals.
Step 7
Turn the oven 90 degrees every 15 minutes, turning the lid in the opposite direction of the oven. Remove the coals from the lid, to peek inside and check the food's progress. Close the lid and add the coals back on top.
Step 8
Cook your food until done and carefully remove the oven from the fire pit. Wear leather gloves to keep from burning your hands when removing the oven from the fire.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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