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Dutch Oven Chef

A Dutch oven does it all. Sauté, steam, simmer, fry, or even bake! What delicious meal or tasty treat will you cook?

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  • What supplies do you need for this activity? 
  • What meal or treat will you make?
  • What ingredients will you need?
  • How will you stay safe in this activity? Dutch ovens get very hot.


  • Cooking in a Dutch oven takes some practicing!
  • First, you’ll need a campfire to create the heat for your Dutch oven.
  • Next, choose your recipe and prep your ingredients! Chili? Mac ‘N Cheese? Banana Bread? Apple Pie? Enchiladas?
  • How will you cook? You can create a tripod over the fire to hang your Dutch oven, cook with your Dutch oven on a grate, or for the best even heating experience – use hot coals, charcoal briquettes, or wood embers on the bottom and top of your Dutch oven!
  • Try a few different ways of cooking you see what works best and practice your cooking skills. Enjoy!


  • Did your Dutch oven meal turn out as planned? Why or why not?
  • What else could you make in a Dutch oven?
  • Is there anything that you would do differently next time?


  • Camping Dutch Oven (ensure it’s not for household use and is able to be used on fire!)
  • Meal Ingredients
  • Tongs
  • Oven Mitts

Keep it Simple

  • Keep this simple by testing out foil meals with a Foil Fiesta.

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