Outdoor camp cooking with a Dutch oven is a super fun part of every camping trip, especially if you have the right accessories!
These “every day” accessories, make unique gifts for people who love cooking outdoors with a Dutch camp oven! We at WeatherEgg have compiled the BEST Camp Dutch Oven Accessories that are necessary.
First, you need a Dutch Oven
What is a Dutch oven? A Dutch oven is a heavy cooking pot with a tightly fitting lid that is good for slowly cooking delicious food over an outdoor fire or on a Camp Chef.
Knowing that we, of course, will utilize the traditional cast iron dutch oven. If you are buying your first one, there are a few things you should consider.
- The dutch oven should have short legs to sit on coals or your Camp Chef to keep it level.
- The lid should have a lip so that the coals placed on top do not slide off.
- The dutch oven should have a simple handle, probably wire, to move this pot around. It is absolutely critical that the handle be rigid.
We at WeatherEgg prefer the Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Deep Camp Dutch Oven – 12 Inch / 8 Quart. This dutch oven is more versatile than a shallow dutch oven because you probably try more than stews in this pot. You can also make peach cobbler and bread if you are on a mission of trying something new and tasty. This size lets you have variety and anything smaller limits you on what you can cook.
What about that Lid Stand?
Although not a necessity nobody likes ashes in their food. This handy little invention creates a flat surface for your lid to set on. It is an inexpensive accessory that is totally worthless and is small enough to pack quickly for camping.
We at WeatherEgg prefer the Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Lid Stand. This lid is made by the ever-popular Lodge manufacturing company. Whatever you do, avoid getting ashes or dirt in your food. Moisture gathers on the underside of the lid while the food cooks, so setting it on the ground attracts dirt. Who wants dirt or ash in their food? You don’t.
The most essential Dutch oven accessory outside of the dutch oven itself is the Lid Lifter. Lodge makes two kinds, the standard Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter and the deluxe version A5DLL Deluxe Lid Lifter. The deluxe version has more stability when pulling the lid off the Dutch oven. Then guess what? No ashes or hot coals in your dinner!
Dutch Oven Liners
Have you ever cleaned a Dutch oven? Holy cow…it is messy! You can burn out the food but why not utilize a dutch oven liner.
We at WeatherEgg prefer the original CampLiner, Disposable Foil Dutch Oven Liner, 12 Pack 12” 6Q liners. The less gooey mess to clean up the better.
Protect your Hands with Gloves
Accidentally grabbing that hot handle of the dutch oven is HOT! And not in a good way. You need heat resistant gloves. Some are machine washable, and some are made of leather. Others are long and protect your arms as well as your hands. Whichever you choose, remember they are heat “resistant” not heat “proof” so you still need to be cautious when handling hot campfire tools and other gear.
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