A well-seasoned Dutch oven is the perfect way to keep a hungry deer camp fed and happy
Are you in charge of feeding your deer camp this season? If you don’t have one already, go out and buy a Dutch oven. With a well-seasoned Dutch oven you can bake things like breads, biscuits, and pies. You can cook a roast. Or make a one-pot meal like pork chops with apples. Venison goulash is another one-potter that's always a camp favorite. You can even make desserts like fruit cobblers or bread pudding.
What follows are a few tips, tricks, and recipes to put your Dutch oven to good use this fall. Just be warned: Once your buddies find out you can feed them well, you might be designated camp cook from now on.
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1 | Gear Up
You don’t need a lot of extra gear to use a Dutch oven, but a few tools make cooking easy and safe. Click on this article for a few tips and gear you might need.
You can bake any of your favorite biscuit recipes in a Dutch oven — just like you do at home. For this biscuit recipe, we used some of our sourdough starter for a flaky, tangy biscuit that is perfect for sorghum or honey. Click here for the recipe.
A Dutch oven works great for other roasts as well. If you are a trapper, or if you know one, try this beaver roast recipe. Early explorers practically lived off beaver meat at times. It’s pretty good. Click here for the recipe.
No one likes to do a ton of dishes at hunting camp. A one-pot meal like these pork chops with sweet potatoes and baked apples is a great tasting option without a lot of dirty pots and pans once dinner is over. You can find the recipe here.
9 | Or Maybe Peach Cobbler Topped with Cinnamon Rolls
Like your cobbler with a bit more pastry? Try topping this peach version with canned cinnamon rolls for a hearty dessert. Have a few leftovers? This one makes a great breakfast the next morning. Find the recipe here.
Want a real show stopper of a dessert? Make this Dutch oven bourbon bread pudding. Everyone in camp will love this one. If you have a way to keep it frozen, vanilla ice cream goes perfectly with this favorite. Click here for the recipe.