Dutch oven

by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  May 29, 2022

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A Dutch oven is a thick-walled (usually cast iron but also ceramic and clay) cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Dutch ovens have been used as cooking vessels for hundreds of years. They are called casserole dishes in English speaking countries other than the United States (“casserole” means “pot” in French), and cocottes in French. They are similar to both the Japanese tetsunabe and the Sač, a traditional Balkan cast-iron oven, and are related to the South African Potjie and the Australian Bedourie oven.

Camp Dutch Oven Benefits

One of the biggest advantages of a camp Dutch oven is that it is highly functional and efficient. It practically works like a mini oven.

From frying eggs or bacon on the lid to simmering soups, steaming rice, searing or braising meat, and sauteing vegetables – the versatility of this cooking tool is incredible.

You could even bake biscuits or scones. By placing hot coals on both the top of the lid and under the pot, this dual-direction heat ensures the interior of the pot is warmed evenly.

The thick walls of the oven are heavy enough to retain and distribute this heat perfectly, and its size is great for preparing large meals in one go.

Your meals will stay warm until you’re ready to eat and can be served straight out of the pot.

This awesome piece of cookware now comes in a range of materials, and each offers its own benefits.

You could easily get your hands on one at an affordable price. Plain cast iron, ceramic, stainless steel, and aluminum are the most cost-effective options.

So next time you start planning a camping trip and make that all-important packing list, this is one essential you won’t want to go without.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Lakeside Smokers is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with BBQ Smoking (& Japanese food!) at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.