Dutch Oven Cooking – A Brief Introduction
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Introduction and Background
Dutch ovens were the cooking ovens of our pioneer forefathers. They hung them over thefireplaces in their eastern colonials and their wilderness log cabins. They carried them intheir covered wagons and push carts as they headed west over the Great Plains. Theycooked with them over their wood and buffalo chip stoves in their dugouts and sod hutson the prairies. They carried them in their chuck wagons on the great cattle drives. Andthey used them in their ranch houses and adobe homesteads when they got to where theywere going.Once the basic cooking utensil of the everyday pioneer kitchen, Dutch ovens were almostforgotten, except for a few die hard cowboy cooks. But over the past couple of decades,Dutch ovens have made a remarkable comeback thanks to a growing group of weekendpioneers and enthusiastic members of Dutch Oven Cooking Societies around the world.Almost any weekend of the year, in any part of the world, you can find Dutch oven cooksgathered attending local, regional or even national DOGs.So what’s a DOG? A DOG “
athering” is a group of Dutch oven cooksgetting together to share recipes, cooking techniques, fellowship, education, and most of all enjoy the fruits of their labor by eating some really good food. Some of the DOGs,local, regional and national, involve competitive cooking. Although for the most part,DOGs are gatherings of good folks that like to cook in their Dutch Ovens.Why the growing interest in this throwback to the Iron Age? It’s fun, simple,entertaining and if you do it right, the results often taste better then anything you couldproduce in its modern equivalent. And it is known to stir up some repressed memories inour own collective consciousness.
Dutch Ovens – Early European history
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During the late 1600s the Dutch system of producing these cast metal cooking vesselswas more advanced than the English system. The Dutch used dry sand to make theirmolds, giving their pots a smoother surface. Consequently, metal cooking vessels