10 things you need for Dutch oven cooking in your backyard (or for camping):
- a Lodge Dutch Oven, preferably one with legs
- a Dutch oven lid and pot holder
- a Dutch Oven carrying case
- long tongs for moving the coals
- heat resistant gloves
- charcoal briquettes
- charcoal chimney (and newspaper)
- matches (long stem a plus)
- free baking temperature chart for coals (*laminate it for re-use)
- You also need good recipes.
Once, I used it for an elaborate recipe of chicken chili verde posole (See my link for directions). I made that meal outdoors in our lot for our Christmas dinner.
I can't take full credit for my interest in the cast-iron cooking vessel. A few friends introduced me to it on a homeschooling campout. After watching them and tasting what they made, I was hooked. Now Patricia, from Wonderfarm, another buddy and I use our Dutch ovens to carry-on the tradition of cooking dinner for over sixty homeschoolers.
The history of the Dutch oven is interesting and I've shared what I've learned about it with our daughter.