Dutch Oven Cooking. What do you need?

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  1. Dammitjim

    Dammitjim New Member

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    I searched the forums and didn't find a posting with information about the things you should have when cooking with a DO to make things go easier. You probably DON'T have to have these, but they sure help!

    [list type=decimal]
    [*]DO
    [*]Lighter/matches
    [*]Charcoal Chimney Starter
    [*]Newspaper - To light up the charcoal in the Charcoal Chimney Starter
    [*]Charcoal
    [*]Long Tongs - To move the briquettes around or place them on top of the DO
    [*]DO Lid Lifter
    [*]Aluminum Foil/Parchment Paper/DO Liners - Make cleanup easy
    [*]Steel Pan/DO Table - For when you aren't allowed to have open fires on the ground
    [*]Pan Scraper/Dish Brush - Very helpful for cleaning w/o removing much seasoning
    [*]Oil - To apply after cleaning the DO
    [*]Paper Towels - To apply the oil
    [*]Gloves - Very helpful when flipping a DO to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake
    [*]Temperature chart - How many briquettes for what temperature
    [*]Recipes
    [*]Ingredients
    [/list]

    Now, if you want to run with the bare basics, you need to at least think of the following things:

    [list type=decimal]
    [*]DO
    [*]Some source of heat may it be charcoal or wood. Also figure out how you would get the fire started
    [*]Pliers or something sturdy/strong to be able to lift the hot lid
    [*]A couple of sticks or something to be able to move the briquettes and be able to place them on the DO lid
    [*]A rag or something to help you clean the DO after done cooking
    [/list]

    Am I missing anything else or are there things in the second list that one doesn't need?
     
  2. 01YZF6

    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    3 things missing from both lists....

    A temperature/time chart
    THE FOOD/Recipe list !
    and a camera to share all of your success with the rest of the world

    heheh
     
  3. Dammitjim

    Dammitjim New Member

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    Good point! Added!
     
  4. PATMD

    PATMD SOILENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!

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    A stick is NOT going to be able to lift a DO lid!!! You will end up with ash in your food, breaking the lid when it falls or hurting yourself. You will need a sturdy lid lifter or a large set of pliers.
    PATMD
     
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    fritz_monroe New Member

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    In place of a lid lifter, I've used channel locks and a big steel tent stake found on the site. Neither of these were planned, the lid lifter was forgotten.
     
  6. yetavon

    yetavon everything is better around a campfire.

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    My small list is for my kayak camping trips...
    2 Qt DO
    Leather gloves- many uses
    small shovel- moving coals from fire, moving DO and bathroom runs
    bacon supplies the oil....
    thats it....till now I have never heard of a temp chart [?:~{]
     
  7. icsopris

    icsopris Is it Friday yet?

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    jjkach New Member

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    This is great for those new to DO cooking! Thank you all for the great tips! It's good to start out with a good seasoned DO also.
     
  9. Yooperwannabe

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    We seldom use charcoal for our DO cooking, opting for the coals from our campfire instead. We keep an old set of fireplace tools in our pup to use for the campfire. The shovel is used for moving coals under and on top of the DO. The firepit pit poker has a hook on it that is perfect for lifting the lid off the DO. We can also the brush to help clean ash from the lid.
     
  10. MD Saga

    MD Saga Pop-up journeymen

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    We've used an aluminum oven liner on the ground in lieu of a DO table.
     
  11. YSG and RedBeard

    YSG and RedBeard New Member

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    I have a box of course salt that I've placed in an airtight container for cleaning my DOs. The salt helps
    when things stick:(
     
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    I am glad to hear this. We don't use much charcoal, opting for the camp fire for cooking, so i was wondering if we would have to start if we used the DO. :)
     

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