What size DO??

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  1. Mtlangst

    Mtlangst Active Member

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    So my son is in scouts and we use dutch ovens quite a bit on campouts so we are looking at getting one for our family campouts. We are a family of seven and sometimes camp with the in-laws. So what size dutch oven should we get? Cooking dump cakes, pizza, biscuits etc…. Just want one to do it all.
     
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    Family of seven and in-laws, you need to get a witches cauldron.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I think a 12 or 14 for a family of 7. My 10 can feed 4 to 5 comfortably for a main meal. Deserts and side dishes you can probably get away with a 10 as the serving portions are less. My brother bought a 14 and that sucker is heavy but he loves making pizza and a rack of ribs so the bigger pot works better for him even though he doesn't need to feed so many. I can see why they say you can never stop at just one. [:P]
     
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    I am thinking 12” but what quart size? 8?
     
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    12” deep (8qt) would be a good size, but with 7 mouths, 14” may be better for you. I would guesstimate the 8 qt to feed about 6... as @jmkay1 mentioned, a smaller one would be very adequate for desserts and side dishes (and would stack on the larger).
     
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    SteveP Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    Think about the size pots you use at home and go by that. I'd think a deep 12 would be enough for biscuits and other dishes for a family of 7 but a regular 10 would be better for desserts, especially dump cakes.
     
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    DiamondGirl Adventures with KODI in AZ

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    I agree with the others… It’s better to have a big enough DO, than one too small. We used 14” DO for entrees with scouts because of the amount of people. And a 10” for deserts. I haven’t used my DO’s since Scouts… I’m going to have to bring them out again. It’s been years… I miss having enchilada casserole, pizza, peach cobbler, chocolate lava cake, upside down pineapple cake and etc. in a DO.

    Happy Camping…[put&hy]
     
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    @DiamondGirl that enchilada casserole sounds great! Maybe you could post it in the recipe section?? [:)C][CK]
     
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    DiamondGirl Adventures with KODI in AZ

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    Wish I still had my Dutch Oven cookbooks from scouts. I left them with the Pack to be enjoyed by generations after.

    This is the closest I could find to the recipe I used in the early 2000’s by Gary House. We kept it easy at camp but at home, homemade enchilada sauce is easy. Ground beef can easily be replaced by shredded beef or chicken. I like adding chopped cilantro to my shredded meat. And adding chopped green onions last to the top layer before serving.

    https://cooking-outdoors.com/dutch-oven-stacked-enchiladas/

    Tip: Be sure to add some sauce to the bottom of the DO to help against sticking. Especially if your DO isn’t non stick from years of seasoning.
    Tip: Use a DO liner or foil for easy clean up.
    Tip: Never can have too much cheese. Just saying…

    Happy Camping…[suv&hy]
     
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    DiamondGirl Adventures with KODI in AZ

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    Thank you. That is helpful.
     
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    7! I think I'd pass out. Lol
    I've been told don't get identical sizes and make sure they can nest together. A big giant dutch oven is just a bear to handle.
     

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