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Five Best Camping Dutch Oven Recipes For Easy And Delicious Camp Meals

Updated on October 8, 2010

When camping, some basic skills do come in handy like making a fire and cooking. You don’t always have to bring a camping stove and some camping gaz bottles with you. Back in the days of simpler technology, people cooked on sticks or pans over campfires. You’ll even remember classic pictures of little campers roasting marshmallows on sticks over them. However, the downside of cooking on ordinary pans is that sometimes, the food may not come out evenly cooked. A simple way to cook without using a stove is through a Dutch oven.

Dutch ovens are cooking pots with thick walls and tight lids that seal in the heat and pressure for more evenly cooked food. These camping cooking wares have been in use for centuries now and continue to be so because of their effectiveness. They usually have wire handles and stand on three legs over coals. They also have shallowly concave lids for holding coals. (Pieces of coals can also be put on top for better results depending on what’s cooking.)They’re also easy to bring along to camp because they easily fit in camping backpacks. You too can use these simple yet ingenious wares for your camping convenience. 

Now, if you’ve decided to have a more outdoorsy feel on your camping trip by opting to bring a Dutch oven, you’ll need some camping Dutch oven recipes to help you. Good camping Dutch oven recipe books often provide you with quick and easy to follow steps for properly cooking food using Dutch ovens. Here are some of the recommended best buys in the market for you to see what I mean.

Cooking the Dutch Oven Way [Paperback] by Woody Woodruff, Jane Woodruff, and Ellen Woodruff Anderson
Cooking the Dutch Oven Way [Paperback] by Woody Woodruff, Jane Woodruff, and Ellen Woodruff Anderson

Cooking the Dutch Oven Way [Paperback] by Woody Woodruff, Jane Woodruff, and Ellen Woodruff Anderson

Using your camping Dutch oven for the first time? This book on Dutch oven cooking will help you get over the awkwardness of being a beginner. It shows you how to cook in different ways like frying, baking and others. It includes 180 healthy recipes you can choose from and it can offer you more recipes than you can imagine from its recipes from breakfast up to midnight snacks. There are recipes for vegetable dishes, meat dishes and soups. It also includes recipes for desserts for completing your camp meals. Plus, this book features valuable bonus information for camp food like how to store meat and how to prepare wild game. One of this book’s authors spent three scores of his life backpacking with his Dutch oven which means everything here is tested and guaranteed to delight your taste buds.

101 Things to Do with a Dutch Oven (101 Things to Do with A...) [Spiral-bound] By Vernon Winterton
101 Things to Do with a Dutch Oven (101 Things to Do with A...) [Spiral-bound] By Vernon Winterton

101 Things to Do with a Dutch Oven (101 Things to Do with A...) [Spiral-bound] By Vernon Winterton

For more delicious Dutch oven recipes, this book provides you with more than a hundred Dutch oven recipes that are very comprehensive. It also tells you how to use coals and how many of them to use. The book features a wide range of recipes: stews, breads, vegetable dishes, meat dishes, sweets. Enjoy such cooking as Mountain Man Breakfast, Dutch Oven Stew with spicy Jalapeno Cheese Bread, Stuffed Pork Roast and Cinnamon Rolls – You’re covered for breakfast and throughout the rest of each 24-hour day. This book features some recipes that can also pass for fine dining so if you’re camping out with the whole family together with the in-laws or grandparents, this book is sure to get you in the right track for making an impression.

The Beginner's Guide To Dutch Oven Cooking [Paperback] By Marla Rawlings
The Beginner's Guide To Dutch Oven Cooking [Paperback] By Marla Rawlings

The Beginner's Guide To Dutch Oven Cooking [Paperback] By Marla Rawlings

Here’s another for groping beginners to get you out of the dark. From simple camp cooking to taking good care of your Dutch oven, this book will teach you all the ropes for convenient and delicious camp meals. It contains 144 pages of mouth-watering camping Dutch oven recipes as well as valuable tips. It teaches you how to control the cooking temperature through the number of coals; with the recipes come directions on how many coals to put on the oven lid as well as the bottom in order to come up with properly cooked camp meals. It also gives you tips on cooking for larger groups of people for those camping trips with some extra people aside from your whole family. This book also comes in a convenient size that easily fits in your camping backpack.

Dutch Oven Cooking, 4th Edition [Paperback] By John G. Ragsdale
Dutch Oven Cooking, 4th Edition [Paperback] By John G. Ragsdale

Dutch Oven Cooking, 4th Edition [Paperback] By John G. Ragsdale

For recommended Dutch Oven preparation reading, here’s another great book. This bestselling camping recipe book for Dutch oven cooking contains more than a hundred delicious recipes that cover everything from dishes to baked goodies. It includes recipes for meat, fish and vegetables for a diverse camping menu. Create mouth-watering appetizers, soups, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. This book contains recipes for bread, cookies and cake. Aside from the amazingly delicious food, this book also gives you tips on how to take care of your cooking equipment so they can last you more and more years of camping vacations. So grab a copy, delight the kids and grandparents, impress your in-laws and friends and enjoy a sumptuous camp gathering with this convenient book – it fits easily in any camping backpack.

Lodge Texas Treasury of Dutch Oven Cooking Cookbook By Lodge
Lodge Texas Treasury of Dutch Oven Cooking Cookbook By Lodge

Lodge Texas Treasury of Dutch Oven Cooking Cookbook By Lodge

If you’re one for good old West-style cooking, you won’t want to miss this. The Lodge Texas Treasury of Dutch Oven Cooking Cookbook features 234 of delicious recipes. Each recipe gives you clear and detailed directions to make cooking easy for you, especially if you’re a beginner. As for expert cooks, the collection also brings you more ideas for brightening up your camping tables at meal times. This book gives you the how-to’s on stews, soups, desserts and Lone Star specialties. It even contains recipes for vegetarians. Aside from the great recipes, this book also gives some very helpful cooking tips as well as some historical facts on Dutch oven cooking. With this book, you don’t just get satisfying Dutch oven cooked camp meals but you also get some entertainment after meals.

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