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what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby slowcowboy » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:36 am

I just purchased and wasted the money on a new 12 inch cast iron dutch oven. I had a choice at the sporting goods store in lander of a little 6 inch guy for 34 bucks or a 12 inch one for 59. Being in the new employment world with the our national hiccup and being self employed with filling in with other things the money sometimes is never there. I decide to splurg a little while in lander yesterday as i had gotten my check from selling my calfs off my 2011 calf crop a while back and have not seen money for so long it was so hard to restrain myself.

I have bought a dutch oven that has legs on it. is this a good thing or a bad thing.

do I want one with legs or do I need a smooth bottom one?

how much damage at cooking can I do with a 12 inch cast iron?

did i make a good choice to burn a bigger hole in my wallet and get the larger dutch owen?

what are the capbiltyes of a 12 inch dutch oven?

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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby IndyTom » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:05 am

Slow,

You can cook just about anything you can imagine in that oven. About the only thing I can think of you can't cook in it is a pizza that is larger than 12". You want the legs, that allows you to put charcoal briquettes under it. It should also have a lip around the lid that will allow you to put briquettes on top of it so you can heat from both sides, just like a real oven.

One of my favorites for a DO is cobbler, just use the recipe you would at home. Put 10 coals under it and 14 on top. Turn the oven and top a quarter turn every 15 min to keep the heat even, and cook for the time listed in the recipe. Easy.

You can also use it to fry, just put all your coals under it. Mountain Man Breakfast is wonderful. I love biscuits in the DO, or even a loaf of home made bread. And you can do it all anywhere you are camping, because all you need is the food and some Kingsford. That is a great piece of iron you have aquired.

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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby bobhenry » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:32 am

Yep I have eaten Tommys Blueberry cobbler :twisted:

Here are a few other things....From an old post

Cooking is a matter of time and temperature.

More time lower temperature
more temperature less time

The hardest lesson I had to learn in D.O. cooking was patients. I tried to use far more coals than were needed and placed them incorrectly. In the past I have had a little trimming to do on my specialty "black bottom bread :lol: " Have made so real good meals since and continue to learn.

Here is my very 1st D.O. meal

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6 of us inhaled it along with a loaf of bread and butter. The last 2 were mopping the pan with their bread at the end.

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YEP ! Forgot a skillet so the D.O. lid works great too :lol:


I'll send you my notes from the Dutch oven seminar At the Crossroads.
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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby bc toys » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:13 am

you need to check out CAMP-COOK. COM and for the rule of thumb for 350* add 3-4 over the size of oven to top and subtract 3-4 from bottom but the colder it is the more you will need and after about 30mim cooking time if you are going to need more fire start more coals because they are only good for about 1 hr tops I leave the bottom of my chimney starter with about 6-8 coals over what I'm going to need for cooking to start next batch with. so for a 12'' you would put 15-16 on top and 8-9 on bottom and yes the one with legs is what you want but if you find one without just make you a stand with some horse shoes weld a circle and add 2'' legs on it
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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby bobhenry » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:32 am

I have followed most of Papa Dutch's guidelines an have had great success.....

Here is a link to temp control........

http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/dutch-oven-cooking-tips.htm


This site wil make you a great cook in short order if you take the time to read it thru :thumbsup:

Mike you made a great choice as most recipes are geared for the 12" size and what's wrong with leftovers :twisted:

I have used mine in the home oven as well ! You just need to be careful when placing it in and taking it out as the legs may want to catch in the rack.

You have made an investment that will serve you as long as you live.
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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby Catherine+twins » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:45 pm

I have a couple of Dutch oven cook books, although I soon figured out just about any one-pot or crock-pot recipe would work. Anyway, the DO cookbooks tend to base the recipes on a 12-in DO, so you have the "standard" size. And certainly if you want to cook a trout, a 12-in will work MUCH better than a 6-in. You can also cook more than one thing in the 12-in, by using something like this pan to contain liquids or a cobler

http://www.amazon.com/Zenker-Just-Enoug ... im_sbs_k_2

And then perhaps put a potato and bratwurst along side, and then drop your trout in during the last 20 minutes of cooking.

You may eventually want to get the 6-in, too. You can't just have one size. Right now I have 6-in (and a 4-in springform pan to go in it) and 8-in (and a 6-in cake pan to go in that one) Dutch ovens, and 6-in and 8-in frying pans for the twins and me. We do fine with those on our camping trips. But I'll probably buy something bigger soon so we can have camp pizza.

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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby DragonFire » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:40 pm

Hey Slow..you got the perfect DO!! Season it well, and you'll be cooking all kinds of stuff in no time!!

You can do some great one dish meals, too! With plenty to share at the DO potluck at Walk the Winds!!

I'm going to try a bacon wrapped tater tot snack I saw online for Super Bowl..I've got to perfect it in the DO before I serve it at Towerfest later this year. I suspect I will need to make the recipe many, many times to make sure it's perfect! :lol: :lol:
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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby campmaster-k » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:26 am

Slow- You have made the perfect choice. Get yourself a DO cookbook and next thing you know you will be winning DO cookoffs.
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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby bobhenry » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:30 am

Rather than start a new thread I though I would toss this one in here.

Worked on the caboose floor framing Sat and Sunday so I decided to let the dutch oven make me a nice Sunday dinner while I continued to work!

Split a portion of pork loin not quite thru long ways and filled the pocket with pepperoncine peppers, spiced tomatoes, and onion glugged in a 1/2 bottle of flat white wine and some lemon juice at liquid and this was ready by the time I quit work.


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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby slowcowboy » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:41 pm

I just discoverd a dutch overn problem in wyoming.

I was talking with a freind and one of the big time dutch oven cooks in the area and found out hot coals and wyoming breezes don't mix!

he acutally puts his dutch ovens in a stack inside a cut out 20 gallon metal oil barrel.

than its got one hole side cut out.

this is a wind sheild for the dutch owens.

he also showd me a very tempting 20 inch dutch owen a big baby he found in a sporting goods store in riverton for 75 bucks!

I got a trip to town coming up in the near future.

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Re: what can you do with 12 inchs of cast iron????

Postby Woodbutcher » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:40 am

Slow, save your money and pass on the 20" DO. You will never need that much food unless everyone in Wyoming is coming to your house for dinner. :lol: I have a 14 and have only used it a couple of times.
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