Becoming an Outdoors-Woman: Go Dutch!

By Lisa Metheny published on in Outdoors

Many women enjoy trying new recipes and cooking techniques, and many of those same women admit that the thought of trying a new recipe or method of cooking for the first time can be intimidating. Mention the words French cuisine to some ladies and they break out in a cold sweat.

Black Dutch oven kettle hanging from a rod iron tripod over a fire with a wood area in the background.

Food cooked in a Dutch oven over an open fire remains a popular way to cook.

The same can be said about Dutch cooking, as in Dutch oven cooking. Why? For starters, it just sounds difficult, like a lot of work, and what cook wants more work in the kitchen or on a camping trip?

The truth is Dutch oven cooking is a fun, economical, no-fuss way to make amazing meals.

Perhaps the mystery surrounding the centuries-old cooking method is the main reason so many women are drawn to learning to cook in a Dutch oven. That intrigue may explain why so many ladies sign up to take Dutch oven cooking classes at Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) events.

As with any BOW course, you can learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking from local experts as they prepare tasty dishes for themselves and attendees. Nothing says “outdoors woman” more than being able to cook a yummy meal over an open fire.

Ladies learn the basics, such as a Dutch oven is a heavy iron kettle with a tight-fitting lid and is the perfect tool for cooking meats, entrees, soups, breads and even desserts. They also learn techniques for how to nestle it into a bed of charcoal for slow cooking or to use it over an open fire.

Most of the meals prepared in a Dutch oven are no-fuss, dump-and-go recipes requiring little attention, making this an ideal alternative method for cooking meals when electricity or gas is not an option.

Perhaps that is why so many women enjoy learning about it.

The Dutch oven experts at BOW workshops offer more than just recipes; they share helpful tips for buying, baking, cleaning and properly storing Dutch ovens. Women also learn that not all ovens are created equal, and some kettles are designed for open fire, while others are for charcoal-pit cooking.

Dutch ovens have been around for a very long time, and there are countless delicious recipes available. The recipes range from hardy stews and roasts to complete one-pot entrees to heavenly desserts and delicious breads.

Thanks to BOW workshops, it looks like the Dutch oven way of cooking will continue to stick around for future generations to enjoy.

Have you used a Dutch oven? What is your favorite recipe? Share with others in the comment section.

SLRule

Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.

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    I’ll bet this oven cooks really great food, but beware. If you bring your girlfriend and she’s big and likes to eat, you might have a dutch oven in your sleeping bag. Look it up on urban dictionary.

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