Do you remember Grandma's old cast iron packed away in the basement? Well you most likely thought that cast iron was a thing of the past, but wrong you are. Cooking with cast iron brings out the best flavor in meat or poultry. Making it a fun family activity is what it is all about. You could be making stews, pies, cakes, or chili. Do it in your own back yard or at a camping site. Let us show you just how easy it can be.
Cast iron distributes heat evenly. When buying a dutch oven consider one with legs. These are easier to use. Make sure the lid lies flush with the lip of the oven. Also make sure the lid has a loop handle that is secured to the center of the pot. Last, check out the wire handle. Is it movable and strong? Remember you will be carrying it with a full pot of stew.
The Lodge Logic 6 Quart Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven fits all the criteria and it is ready to use. You don't have to cure it yourself. The lid on this dutch oven also flips over to use as a griddle.
Don't forget about lifting that oven. The Lodge Logic Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter allows you to lift safely. Made of quality cast iron this lid lifter has a good grip and is extremely durable.
Cooking over a fire or on a cook table? First thing are gloves. Take a look at the Lodge Dutch Oven Gloves. Brushed red leather, these gloves have extra insulation and are heavy duty. Perfect for dutch oven cooking or even when you BBQ.
The Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Cooking Table With Tall Windscreen is made of durable steel. There is a three sided windscreen, and it has adjustable feet and folding legs. Made to last this table is easy up and down and quite a value for the money.
If it is open fire cooking you are looking for, consider the Lodge Tall Bow Camp Dutch Oven Tripod. Made from hot roofed half inch bar stock.
To get the charcoal burning faster try the Charcoal Companion Chimney Charcoal Starter. This convenient unit will get charcoal or wood chunks to start burning quickly without the taste of lighter fluid.
Once you have everything set up and heated, the suggestion for placing coals is two coals per inch of the oven diameter. On the lid you will place two more coals than the oven size and two less under it. The placement should be done in a circular pattern, this way the heat is even. Do not place coals under the center of the oven.
So stop on in and talk with Suzanne in our Camping Department. Suzanne uses her dutch oven all the time. I bet she can give you some great ideas to try.
Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator