Dutch oven summary
Rod Keen (Rod@IVECOFT.DEMON.CO.UK)
Tue, 18 Apr 1995 10:13:43 GMT
Well I asked for it! What is a Dutch Oven? I asked. I was
surprised by the responce. I gave up counting at 40 something :-))
Most were from the US but maybe 10 or so were from Canada.
Kevin in Galway, this should be enough satify you please let me
know if you need any more info.
A number of people also mailed me asking for a summary. Well
pulling together info from these 40+ posts has been one way to
spend Easter vacation.
Thanks to all of you who replied please forgive me not posting
indivually and I hope that this summary doesn't miss out too much.
I have drawn the info from the replies and from the "Dutch Oven
Cooking" document that is availabe from John Lyver. Who, with Mike
Audleman, must be congratulated for a job well done. (all it needs
is to be put through a spell checker! and change 39 to 29 in the TOC)
A Dutch Oven is a cast iron pot with a close fitting, flanged lid.
The lid is normally a tightish fit to seal in the steam. This
makes the DO act something like a pressure cooker. Several people
suggested that it could also be made of aluminium but, also,
several people said that this was unlikely as it would melt
regardless of the thickness (it being "buried" in the coals) the
heat transfer would also tend to burn the food. One person said
that his DO had an enamel coating for use at home. He got his in
Belgium. (a Belgian Dutch Oven being used in the US!)
DO's vary in size. They tend to be quoted in capacity that can be
held. eg 6 quart 8 quart etc. Note here about capacities. The
British pint is 20 fluid oz (0.568 litres) the US pint is only 16
fluid oz (0.473 litres) so you can see that the US quart is
smaller also (1 quart = 2 pints). The weight of these suggest that
they are not for the backpacker! a 2 quart weighs 9lbs, a 6 quart
comes in at 18lbs. They are vary around the 10-12 inch size (oval
or round) and between 4-6 inch deep. Most have legs to keep the base
off the ground and allow the air to get to the fire underneath. 3
legs would seem better to ensure stability on uneven ground.
Several people suggested that the DO headed west in the US with
the settlers during the 1800's. Aparently these settlers went from
farm to farm peddling these and other utensils for a living. These
people were German but, for some reason, were known as dutchmen.
Cooking of ALL sorts. I didn't know they were so versatile!
Camp weapon (unrecommended). I had to laugh at Gary Sherwin'
description. I had a very good mental image of a Scouter trying to
drive off a bear with a DO Hmmm what does roast bear taste like?
Does a bear know how to use a DO? Perhaps he could have stewed Scouter!
To date I have not come up with a source for DO's in the UK or,
after limited enquires to Germany & Italy, in Europe. I have been
lucky enough to be offered a DO by someone that is coming over to
the UK on business. GIANT GRIN. Thanks Tom! I'll let you all know how
things work out. Most BSA Scout shops sell these but they tend to
be a bit more pricey than those in "camping" shops. Sounds
familar. Amazing what an "approved by" sticker can do isn't it!
Doug Gentry gave me an address to write to for a catalog.
860 West 2600 South
Salt Lake City
Utah. 84119 USA voice +801-972-1111
"they sell a great cook book and have a business making the ovens"
says Doug. Other companies make them also.
Several people have been wicked enough to describe their camp grub
and suggested recipes knowing that I haven't got a DO Thanks guys!
If you want to have a look at some recipes you can download a file
from the list server.
Just send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the one
line message text
GET SCOUTS-L DUTCHOVN
Please dont try to send a sig line or any other info as the list
server wont like it and you might get a message from Jon Eidson.
What you will get back is an ascii text file which runs to about
30 pages compiled by Mike Audleman of Florida in 1990. This file
forms the basis of the Dutch Oven Cookbook which can be requested
from John Lyver of Virginia. The version I asked for was in
WordPerfect 5.1 format and MS-Word coped with it without any
problem. Both of these files give useage and care instructions
with some very tastey sounding recipes. John' version was created
in 1994-95. I have mislaid John' address sorry!
John can you post your address for others.
Thanks again to all who responded.
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