Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire by Carsten BotheFor years, the Dutch oven has been popular on the grill and barbecue scene, and cooking with the black pots over an open fire has become a fashionable cult. Thus, the Dutch oven is more than merely a cast-iron cooking pot. It is a symbol of the Wild West, freedom and adventure, good food by a campfire, and life in the world of nature. With over 100 recipes, now you can learn to cook over open flames in a Dutch oven, conjuring such scrumptious dishes as juicy roasts, hearty casseroles, or baked crisp bread. Desserts, too, as well as typical bean dishes or casseroles, become childs play through simple directions making cooking easy and fun, even for a beginner.
How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet in a Fire
For just 1 or 2 pieces, take and spray entirely with Easy Off , put in a black trash sack, sealed and set in direct sunlight. The hot sun will make the cleaner work better. I would use 20 Brillo pads before I would use that method. Years ago, I had a friend stick one of her skillets in a fire, and when she pulled it out of the coals the next morning, there was a crack across the entire bottom, and up one side. As Greg said, lye or electrolysis are the preferred methods for cleaning. Many people came to the Ozarks during the Great Depression because of cheap land prices.
There are many tools in a fire cooks arsenal, but only a few that you cannot live without. A good cast iron skillet or Dutch Oven is one of those few. From searing a fish like below to cooking bread, cast iron allows traditional cooking methods to be done over an open fire. When you use it in the right way, then it opens a whole new world of possibilities. On my journey of learning how to cook over fire, I have found a few simple tips to help you get more out of your cast iron.
In the old days, cast iron skillets were always seasoned in a fire before the first use. Today, this can still be done, and it requires no more effort than if you were to season the skillet in an oven overnight. Once properly seasoned, the cast iron skillet will begin to have the no-stick properties for which cast iron is famous. Build a hot fire in a fire pit or in a charcoal grill using oak, hickory or other hardwood species. Wash the cast iron skillet. Use a metal scouring scrubber to remove any rust or other grime on the skillet.