Let's talk heavy metal. Despite its weight and longer heating time, cast iron is popular with many campers because it's inexpensive, almost indestructible and non-stick when properly seasoned. Become an iron chef with some basic cast iron knowledge and two delicious recipes.
Cast Iron Cooking Basics
Before you put your dinner in a cast iron pan, get to know the basics of cast iron cooking.
Basic Cast Iron Care
How you treat your cast iron is critical to the life of the cookware. Follow basic cleaning and storage instructions closely.
Spicy cola adds just the right "bite" to this one-pot meal. For vegetarians or vegans, meatless soy crumbles can be used instead of cooked, crumbled beef and sausage.
* You can also cook, drain and crumble a pound of ground beef and a pound of lean sausage yourself.
Spray a cold cast iron Dutch oven with cooking spray and arrange your beef and sausage crumble in the bottom. Sprinkle the meat with cloves and cinnamon. Next add diced onion, bouillon powder and pasta. Spoon the diced tomatoes into your pot, add beans, and pour the cola on top. Cover and place the pot in hot coals for 50 to 60 minutes. Stir and continue to cook, covered, until the onion and pasta are tender.
When finished, add salt and pepper to taste. Don't forget to pass the hot sauce.
Spray a cold cast iron Dutch oven with cooking spray, and scatter bacon on the bottom in an even layer. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and put it in a clean bag with the soup mix. Shake to coat all the pieces. Cover the bacon layer with your marinated chicken, discard the bag and arrange your root vegetables over the chicken. Spoon the mushroom soup evenly over your vegetables and pour a can of water over the top. Cover your Dutch oven and nestle it in hot coals for 50 to 60 minutes. Check for doneness every 30 minutes until it's done. Continue to stir, and add water if needed.
Janet Groene is a travel writer, RV blogger and contributor to ReserveAmerica.com. She spent 10 years on the road and has written more than two dozen books. Read more about Janet and find her original recipes at campandrvcook.blogspot.com.