Whether you are an avid hiker or just enjoy that camping trip with the family, one thing is for sure, you will need to prepare meals at some point. This is where Dutch Ovens For Camping come into play.
While you could purchase a cheap set of those blue speckled camping pans, you and your family deserve better. If you are going to fork out the money anyway, why not purchase a quality piece of cookware the whole family will love.
You need a camping dutch oven and you need one now. Check out our review of the Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Deep Camp Dutch Oven – 12 Inch / 8 Quart for our top pick for best outdoor camping dutch oven.
While I will not argue that lugging around a 20-pound Dutch oven in the woods is not ideal, you will thank yourself later after you create all those amazing meals. And believe me, your family will thank you as well. So what should you look for when purchasing a dutch oven for camping and what accessories will compliment your new purchase?
Look no further than this quick yet handy guide on what to look for. If you are a looking for a more in-depth guide to what to look for in a dutch oven then please take a look at our article on Things To Consider When Selecting a Dutch Oven. I won’t waste any more of your time so let’s get into it.
Dutch Ovens For Camping – Main Factors
While most Dutch ovens for camping are very durable, it is important to choose the very best type of construction for outdoor use. You will need to look specifically for a dutch oven that is labeled as “outdoor safe” or “made for camping”. Dutch ovens usually come in two flavors. Cast iron and hard anodized steel. Cast iron is usually pre-seasoned from the factory while the hard anodized steel types do not require any seasoning at all.
I personally love the durability of cast iron. If you treat it well-cast iron will last a lifetime. Yes, cast iron is heavy, but it is well worth it. Cast iron can also be used with heat sources in excess of 400 or 500 degrees Fahrenheit making it suitable for open flame cooking. Look for a thick-walled cast iron dutch oven that is 3/8 of an inch or more and that is pre-seasoned for the best in outdoor cooking.
There is no doubt that cast iron is incredibly versatile. With its incredible heat distribution, you can easily make stews, soups, roast meats and vegetables and even bake pizza and bread. But you also want to be able to easily set up your dutch oven and be able to easily transport it from fire to table with ease.
Look for a dutch oven with a built-in metal handle that will allow for easy transfer even if there is food inside still cooking. Make sure it has a quality carrying handle that is securely placed so you won’t get any 400-degree surprises spilled on your feet.
Ease of Setup:
With all of the advantages that a Cast Iron Dutch Oven gives you it’s only fitting that you would add accessories that compliment your new piece of cookware. One of the best accessories that you can get that will greatly improve set up and the cooking process itself is a Dutch oven tripod stand.
Not only is it easier on your back when cooking but fire maintenance is greatly improved. This is because the tripod will elevate your dutch oven over the fire at a greater distance. Allowing you to easily add more wood and tinder to your campfire. Make sure to get a quality stand capable of holding at least 35 to 50 pounds.
If you can find a quality dutch oven that comes with a storage bag you are already a step ahead. If your dutch oven did not come with one than just purchase a quality polypropylene storage bag separately. This will ensure that your backpacks and clothes won’t become soiled from your greasy and sooty Dutch oven.
What Not To Do With Your Dutch Oven:
A high quality cast iron Dutch oven will last a lifetime if you treat it well. While cast iron dutch ovens are very sturdy, there are some tips to maintain your cookware. First of all, you should never submerge your cast iron dutch oven in water as it will lead to rusting. You also do not want to use anything abrasive such as steel wool to clean it.
Clean-up is a breeze with a cast iron Dutch oven. Simply use a soft rag or sponge to gently clean the cooking surface. However, it should be noted that using dish soap may damage your seasoning layer. If you absolutely must use dish soap, make sure to apply an extra coating of seasoning after drying. This will ensure a strong, protective layer between the cast iron surface and your meals.
Dutch Ovens For Camping Re-Seasoning:
While most cast iron dutch ovens nowadays are pre-seasoned from the factory, I would always re-season before use. To season your cast iron, heat up the cookware on the stove until it starts to smoke. Then immediately rub some oil into it, then allow to cool. Before every use, I make sure the pan is clean and dry. Finally, I will re-season before preparing the next meal. This might be overkill in most instances but I want my cast iron dutch oven to last a lifetime.
Dutch Ovens For Camping Conclusion:
Well, there you go. This article will at least get you started in finding the best dutch oven for camping. Make sure you look for quality, versatility and high heat capacity. Make sure to also purchase accessories that compliment your new cookware. Be sure to also maintain and store your Dutch ovens correctly when camping or hiking outdoors.
If you are interested in other Dutch Ovens For Camping, then check out our review of the Lodge L8DO3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven. We would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article. We appreciate your interest and we hope you find that perfect dutch oven for camping.
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