Dutch Oven

July 21st, 2011

When we down size, probably next year, I would like to have a dutch oven (camp oven). We will probably be cooking outside a lot more than we do now, and I think that one will come in handy. I have never used one before, but I have a definite idea of what I want in one. First, it must have legs so that it can balance under it’s own measure. Next, it should be stainless steel. I would consider a clay pot, but I don’t think they make them nor do I think they will handle the heat for years to come. A recessed lid is important. I want to be able to stack coals on it with ease as I will use it for baking.. a lot! Also, I should be able to lift the lid off with a hook from a distance. Speaking of handles, the side handles must have a metal wire running between them. That wire needs to be able to support the weight a full pot while hovering over a fire for an extended period of time. The side handles should also be large enough that you can use them to carry the pot. I think that’s it. Lol.

Has anyone seen such a beast? I thought I ran across one a couple years back, but I haven’t been unable to locate another.


March 26th, 2011

Between my laptop being out of order and being super sick, I’ve been out of commission for a bit. I am not sure which one is worse 😉 Probably the laptop. Once again, it’s power cable is giving me trouble. This time I cannot easily fix it. Maybe if I still lived near SkyCraft (gawd, I loved that place!) and had easy access to tubs full of relays and resistors (and anything else imaginable) I could or if I had held on to the old one for parts. Instead, I just ordered an “OEM Replacement“. In all actuality, I could have repaired it on the road… for free. It would have just taken time to diagnose which component had died, searching through the many electronics that people dump in the bushes for a replacement, and soldering it in. For some reason that just doesn’t appeal to me at this moment. I hope it’s just a phase. I fixed the last one three times before it finally gave up the ghost.

Breakfast sandwich on a homemade stovetop bun

Today’s breakfast served on a stove top bun

I am not completely out of ambition (though with this cold/flu/plague I am pretty close). I have started making bread, again. However, since I am without (conventional/solar/dutch/convection) oven, I don’t do it the orthodox way. I bake on the stove. I also use my crock pot. Now that we have solar, making bread in the crock pot is even cheaper.

Well, I had a few other subjects I wanted to touch upon, but I am feeling drained and am going to go back to bed. Maybe next time.