From around 1675 or so the cast iron Dutch oven has been used to prepare gourmet chow. All over Europe chefs learned to master this versatile cooking implement. They baked cakes, breads, biscuits, muffins, and complicated pastries. Apprentices served under masters for years to learn the complex methods needed to control the wood fire temperatures. It was a high skill that took years to master.
In the late 1800s Dutch ovens gradually faded out as a gourmet cooking tool. The skills needed to control temperature on a wood fire were no longer needed. Dutch ovens were still used, but only to cook uncomplicated stews, soups, and other food dishes that did not require tight temperature controls.
Now we have the laser pointed digital thermometer. Now, today we can read the temperature of the Dutch oven and a novice can quickly learn to control its temperature.
We were able to find literally hundreds of public domain cookbooks dating back to 1710. Most of these old cookbooks have recipes and methods for Dutch ovens or similar cast iron pots.
Our goal was to come up with recipes and methods that people could use with survival foods, or foods that we would expect to be around during a survival situation. For each recipe we started with a dish we found in an old cookbook. Then dinked around with it substituting survival foods for some of the old ingredients.
Sometimes we came up with some horrible glop. We worked over some of the recipes 3 or 4 times before we worked out something that we published.
It was a slow process.
This blog is organized to provide you with recipes that you can use during a survival situation when you are staying at home.
Survival situations are stressful and sharing quality grub with family and friends goes a long way toward making it better.
Go to the cookbook page and look over the recipes listed in the right sidebar. Each recipe can be printed out and has a link to nutritional data. Print out your favorites or save as PDF files. Print them so that you have them with you when the Ship Hits The Sand. Keep the pages with your Dutch oven.
All of these recipes are for a 10 inch Dutch oven with legs and a flat lid.
If you have any food dishes that you would like us to dink around with and possibly add to the cookbook, then use the panel at the bottom right to email us. We love to get emails. We would love to hear your ideas.