Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dutch Oven

This photograph is from 1939, and shows a Texas Cowboy cooking in a Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens are heavy cast iron pots with lids. They were used by cowboys and allow you to cook pretty nice meals over a campfire. In the picture above, the man is baking buttermilk biscuits. Note that the oven is placed over a pile of coals, and then coals are piled on the lid.

Since my stove has been out for the last month and a half, I actually went out and bought myself a dutch oven, thinking I would just start cooking in the backyard over a camp fire. I guess I actually did not buy the dutch oven, I borrowed it. Now that I think about it, I did not tell anyone I borrowed it, so maybe I stole it. It belongs to my brother, and I am pretty sure he does not mind me using it, so I think borrow would be the best description of what I did. It had been outside in the weather for the last ten years, so it was very rusty. It took me about 6 hours yesterday to get it all cleaned up, and properly seasoned. About the time I got it all ready to go, the phone rings and it is the stove repair people. They were ready to try and fix the stove again. They showed up, and after about an hour, had the stove working. My wife tried it last night, and made baked potatoes in it. The baked potatoes came out good, so maybe they really fixed it this time. The guy told me he had another box of parts coming in, and when they arrived he wanted to put those on the stove as well, just to be sure. So, finally, after 49 days, my deluxe Dual Fuel range appears to be working.

12 comments:

  1. YAY! if I were you, I would file a formal complaint with the company that sold you the stove. But, you sound like an easy going guy and probably won't do that. Congratulations! I hope it stays fixed.

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  2. Now where would I find a dutch oven, unfortunately my brother doesn't have one for me to "borrow", in fact I don't have a brother. Mommie used to put a pot of red beans in the wood fireplace at night and pull some coals up around the iron pot. Those were the best beans on earth! They had a smoky flavor, seasoned with salt pork and garlic. I would like to try biscuits in a dutch oven. What a meal that would be. We have an old brick bar-b-que in the back yard that uses wood. Now to find a dutch oven! What are the chances?

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  3. Anon,
    Your red bean recipe sounds a lot like mine. The only difference is I throw one Jalapeno in the pot to give it just a little more flavor.

    You can actually order an original Dutch Oven off Amazon.com. The postage is going to be painful, but they do sell them.

    Thanks for your post.
    PJM

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  4. Your local camping/hiking/fishing store or Army Navy surplus will probably have a large supply of Dutch ovens. They are wonderful for camping because you can cook your entire meal in them - one pot to cook and clean.

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  5. Well ALRIGHT, I have a fire under me.
    I called around and found a place that has cast iron Dutch Ovens. I told the guy to "set me one back", I'd be there right after work. He had a big laugh and said, "I've had them things for 11 years, they'll still be here when you get here." Then I called my wife and told here I'd pick her up after work and we were going to go buy a Dutch Oven. She said, "A WHAT?" Thanks for the blog, this is a good day.

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  6. Anon,
    Congratulations on getting the Dutch Oven . . . sounds like Norkio had a great suggestion on where to find one. Now, I have two family recipes that would be great in an oven, or in a dutch oven. You can try them if you like:

    Buttermilk Biscuits:
    http://www.myhomecooking.net/soup-recipes/buttermilk-biscuit-recipe.htm

    Red Beans:
    http://www.myhomecooking.net/mexican-food-recipes/pinto-bean-recipe.htm

    Full Disclosure - It is my daughter's WEB site, but she put up old family recipes. Hope you like them

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  7. I'm pleased for you. The dutch oven was a great idea.

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  8. I am now the proud owner of a real Dutch Oven. I also bought the 10 inch cast iron skillet, the guy told me I needed that too. I looked on the "my home cooking" site as you suggested and can only say "MAN OH MAN", I am ready to start cooking. Thanks a million!

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  9. Anon,
    Congratulations! Let us know how your Dutch Oven cooking works. I am glad you got the iron skillet. Try making some buttermilk cornbread in the skillet (You will be glad you did). I will pass your kind words about www.myhomecooking.net on to my daughter. The recipes on the site are from my mom, who is a wonderful country cook. My daughter had the idea of taking her wonderful family recipes, and sharing them on a WEB site.
    PJM

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  10. I love my Dutch ovens!!! Several in fact. I must warn you, it is very addictive....... you can't just have one :-)

    Gary

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  11. Forgot to add:

    Great photo! Is it yours and do you have more?

    Gary

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  12. I've created a link to this post in the "This and That" section of our newest "Cast Iron Around the Web" entry at http://www.cookingincastiron.com

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