Dutch Oven

Traditional Scout Dutch Oven Cooking



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Hiding in dank basements, drafty attics, and dusty, cluttered garages, these three-legged hulks from a bygone era wait impatiently to release their treasures. Until then, they are pitted by time and tarnished by neglect. For those who will uncover their mystery, they can once again be brimming with magic.



In North America the Dutch oven probably dates back to 1492. Columbus brought cast-iron pots with him to the New World. The name, Dutch oven, comes from the 18th century Dutch traders who sold their cast-iron pots door to door to the new settlers and Indians. Ovens came across the prairies on the back of wagons.


There are several varieties, look-a-likes, and wanna-be’s when you begin shopping for a Dutch oven. There are, however, a few useful tips for buying the Dutch oven that is best suited for you. First, and foremost, be sure to buy the real thing. Make sure the Dutch oven is made of heavy cast-iron and has a flat bottom with three short legs. The legs keep the pot out of the coals and provide greater stability than four legs or none. The oven should be heavy and have strong wire bail-type handle. Dutch ovens come in a wide assortment of sizes ranging from the tiny 4″ to the Goliath 24″ monsters. For most patrol situations the 10″- 12″ size is the adequate. Cast-iron Dutch ovens are available at most Sporting Goods stores, MEC or Campers Village. Campers Village will give Scouts a discount. And, don’t forget to watch the garage sales and Thrift Shops.