Dutch Oven Cooking
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In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Donald D. Thompson)
>I would like to introduce dutch oven cooking to my troop, right now the
>scouts only think that they are good for making cobblers and as
>punishment for the cleanup crew. What I would like is to hear from
>folks willing to share their favorite dishes, how to make them and any
>tricks and techniques for general use. I would also like to find out
>about any problems that you have encountered in the scouts use of dutch
>ovens? We have four ovens in our troop gear that are virtually never
>used. I'm also looking at doing a couple of dutch oven dishes at our
>troop committee meetings to boost the number of attendees.
>Thanks in advance.
>Don Thompson-ASM T975 Livermore,California
From: email@example.com (Charley_Renn)
Subject: Re: Dutch Oven - Favorite Dishes
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 1995 18:27:37 GMT
Let's get one thing straight right from the get-go :^)-- cleaning a dutch oven is only difficult if you're
doing it wrong. The boys probably consider cleaning the oven as work because they keep using soap on
it or scraping the patina off with a metal scraper. Get them to wipe the oven clean, coat it with oil, and
store it where it won't rust, and their experience will be vastly different and progressively better.
Now, on to recipes and things more pleasant!
There are a ton of books out there (most of them in your scout shop) on dutch oven use. But, my favorite
is the Fanny Farmer Cookbook. Since a dutch oven is just another form of oven, (pot, frying pan, deep-
fat fryer, etc.) any food can be fixed in it with a little forethought. With that in mind, think about what
you like to eat at home. It can probably be fixed in a dutch oven. Just do it!
The real problem here is inertia. The boys will do what they have always done until a compelling-
reason-to-change comes along. Try:
Patrol competitions. Dut