Thursday, June 28, 2012

Buckaroo Beans: a great beginner Dutch oven recipe

Anyone with storage supplies of dried beans needs innovative ways to cook them. Here is a favorite starter recipe from the Central Oregon Dutch Oven Society.
Freeze Dry Guy: food security for uncertain timesby Leon Pantenburg
People getting started in Dutch oven cooking are often somewhat intimidated when it comes to participating in a Dutch Oven Gathering or cookoff. One of the fool-proof recipes that is usually recommended to these folks is Buckaroo Beans. This recipe, from Amber Franks, and published in the Central Oregon Dutch Oven Cookbook, Volume One, makes use of several kinds of beans.
Dried or storage foods can easily be substituted for the fresh equivalents. Another nice aspect of this dish is that the beans can be cooked and simmered over a campfire in a Dutch oven.
Check out the recipe - you'll find yourself making it even when you don't need to prepare a meal under
survival circumstances!
Buckaroo Beans
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 c ketchup
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2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp each of oregano, basil and dill
2 (14 oz) cans of kidney beans
1 (6 oz) can baby lima beans
1 (24 oz) can Boston style baked beans
In a 12-inch Dutch oven, brown hamburger with the chopped onion. Add seasonings and beans (undrained except for the lima beans). Mix together and add ketchup, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Cook at about 325 degrees for about one hour.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A common question among new off grid and/or cast iron cooks is "How do I season cast iron?" Here is the barbecue grill method I use, and it works really well!
by Leon Pantenburg
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Cast iron cookware will last forever if you take care of it. But what happens if an implement is neglected and develops some rust? Or what about that crusty, dirty relic of an unsuccessful camping trip you find at a garage sale? At what point does it become unsalvageable?
This stack of garage sale cast iron skillets can be restored to usefulness with a little work.
These skillets can be restored to usefulness.

Here is a quick way to re-season any piece of cast iron. Essentially, all you're doing is removing all the rust and residue, wiping down all the surfaces with a cast iron conditioner, and baking the oven outside in a hooded barbecue grill.
I've been using this method for years to periodically re-season and touch up the cast iron that belongs to a local Boy Scout troop. All these camp ovens have been used for several years, sometimes under duress and severe conditions, and they still work to help provide a mouth-watering meal!
Obviously, the more abused and rusty the implement is, the more work will be involved to bring it back into service. In some instances, I've had to take a particularly cruddy piece to an auto body shop and have it sandblasted.
But all this effort is worth it when you end up with a good piece of cast iron that will last indefinitely.
For a more comprehensive look at seasoning cast iron, click on Restoring a Cast Iron Treasure.
Check out the video below!