We would be totally lost if not for all of our cast iron and dutch ovens! We have quite a collection, pretty much everything you need for a kitchen. I can honestly say that once you get your iron seasoned just right, it will be your favorite cooking pot/pan ever.
We don't only use them for home but for camping and cooking over the wood fire. Some of the best meals we ever made was over the fire!
If your looking for some excellent recipes... check out Bryon's Dutch Oven Cooking website. Since I havent posted more than 15 times I can not post a link but just Google it and it will come right up.
I just pulled one out of the box that my husband got last year for his bday from his parents. It isn't seasoned yet, but it's a good size and has the "basting lid" with the little spikes on the top to drip down moisture while it cooks. I can't wait to use it on a (cheap) roast and have it be tender.
Cast iron is the best...I use mine for everything from scrambled eggs and fried cornmeal mush at breakfast to soups, stews, polenta and pasta sauces for lunch/dinner to pineapple upside down cake or fresh homemade donuts for dessert. I have been scouring garage sales and thrift stores trying to find a lid for the dutch oven I inherited so that I can start using it to bake artisan bread. I have a lot of cast ironware it just makes cooking much more pleasant and consistent and you have the added benefit of not having to take an iron supplement.
I have 7..from a cornish hen to a 22# turkey..we use ours for everything..stew, soup, roast, of course turkey, chicken, cornish hen,chili, inside and out...couldn't cook with out the cast iron...Love it..
I love mine too, this post brought up a good memory for me!
about 5-6 years ago we were up bear hunting, I was so pissed at my Mom for keeping me in camp one day because I wanted to be hunting, but she taught me how to make biscuits in the dutch oven. It was awesome, getting the coals ready all day and then burrying it in them to make them!
Thank you for posting this, that is an awesome memory and a dang good recipe too!
I have a smaller one that I use pretty much the same way everyone else has posted. I got it for free when I helped a friend clean out his grandfather's house. His grandfather was a major pack-rat, to the point of being O/C, and this little dutch oven was one of his dusty finds stuffed away with a bunch of other stuff. I ooh'ed over it, and I ended up with it, some leaded glass, and a bunch of old cookbooks as payment for helping to get the house cleaned out (and also helping at the garage sale). I love mine, and I would like to get a bigger one, but I made the mistake of pricing them at Lehmann's and YOW, they are expensive!!
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