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Old 01-18-2014, 10:59 AM   #31
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Hey folks, I know that what I about to list is not DO cooking. I got this really cool pot for Christmas and just having a lot of fun cooking in it! It's called a "CanCooker" and it's so easy to cook stuff in it. I suggest those who like to cook outdoors check them out. Here's a pic of my set-up...

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Old 01-26-2014, 11:00 PM   #32
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I like to make a biscuit in my dutch oven. I also like to cook rice in the dutch oven. never had it to stick.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:24 PM   #33
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We've been DO cooking for 10+ years. Our first meal way back when was a $90 prime rib. The guys went fishing and left me and my bestie to take care of it. It was AWEsome. We do it ALL over the campfire. No table, no bruiquets, etc. We just take some chunks from our fire and shovel them on top, all while the DO is hanging from its tripod over a roaring fire. Just raise and lower to control the temp Lasagna, beef stew, beef roast (beer $ good seasons garlic dresding mix-yum!), lumberjack breakfast, dessert, Mac & cheese, stir fry, soups, etc. All awesome. We have 3 different size DO's and use them all. Nothing better for deep frying fish and potatoes. Holds the heat really well...even in chilly October temps. DON'T use vegetable oil! Vegetable oil goes rancid and you'll taste it and will have to boil the oil out and re-season. We're woodworkers, and we use mineral oil on our boards. Won't go rancid. Doesn't have a shelf life. THere is also cast iron conditioner, which NEVER goes rancid. But plain old mineral oil is much cheaper. You can cook tomato based stuff in it; just clean it out right away. All of our DO'S are very well seasoned and nothing sticks. If it does, fill it with water, bring to a boil to loosen food, wipe out and you're good to go! We love DO cooking and it always seems to draw a crowd when other campers walk by. Sorry to go on and on....but I love to share our experiences with anyone who will listen! P.S.....no hot dogs allowed in our camp site. .

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Old 02-04-2014, 05:56 PM   #34
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Lodge is the only way to go! I have two, a 12" med and 12" deep. Now they make the pre-seasoned and that is a nice touch!

To clean mine, I first scrape out any leftover food then add a couple of cups of water. I then put the lid on it and put it back on the coals/fire for a while. This usually loosens everything up good enough to scrape out with paper towel or I have some small plastic scrapers from Pampered Chef that work great also. After it's all cleaned out I add about a tablespoon of vegetable oil in it and heat it up again and spread the oil around inside and out. You're done then.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:34 PM   #35
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Dutch Oven cooking to the max

It is called National Dutch Oven Group (NDOG 2014) It is a camping rally in Iowa/Illinois state line. Home - 2014 National Dutch Oven Gathering I went to the one last year and attended two pitch in's for 400 people all out of DO (Dutch Ovens). We had a pie class with 20 pies from the class, I was concerned the heavy DO would break one of the 9 - 8' tables . WOW you want to lurk and see about DO cooking this is the place. Nice people, there camping. I think I am going to stick with my 10" DO deep, for flexibility of cooking soups. My fav dish is Chicken Pot Pie. Rule of DO cooking "share if you cook to much and always cook to much". Anything cooked outdoors tastes good.

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Old 02-10-2014, 08:36 PM   #36
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Mineral oil for cooking, never heard of it?
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Mineral oil for cooking, never heard of it?
Heard of it but never in relation to cooking food, I imagine it would give you a good reason to live in the bathroom.
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:26 PM   #38
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This thread got me to searching the web for Dutch Oven and mineral oil. Found some discussion on that. I found a thread talking about using flax seed oil to season with. The blog I found about it really touted it, but I really think their technique of seasoning was the reason they got a very good seasoning. Six very thin layers. Some others had chimed in saying they never had problems with Crisco and saw no reason to worry with anything else.

I'm going to try more DO cooking this year.
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The only oils that will not go rancid are mineral oil and walnut oil. We make and sell virtually hundreds of wood kitchen items every year. Just as I would never tell anyone to put an oil on their wooden board, bowl, utensil, etc., that has the potential to go rancid, I don't recommend those oils for cast iron either. If you use your DO often, then it may not be as critical, but our cast iron in the camper sits for 5 to 6 months over the winter. In that time frame, vegetable oil, olive oil, coconut oil and crisco can go rancid. I'm not taking a chance on ruining my pans or DO's so I only use mineral oil or commercially made cast iron conditioner. Mineral oil is what we use on our wooden items as well.

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