The problem with cast iron pan recipes

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  1. dads2vette

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    Actually two fold. One, the recipes are usually so good I stuff myself. Two, unless it's frying, most need an oven to complete cooking. Well, I don't have an oven so I have to get creative. I've made lots of read in my cast iron pans using my camp stove which happens to be my main cooking source. When tent camping I cook only on an open flame. Usually a fire pit but also a small twig stove I built a few years ago. If I'm using wood it's easy enough to make an oven out of a cast iron pan with lid by placing coals on the lid. Tougher to get the tops of dished to cook when you don't have coals. I usually flip the bread a little more than half thru the cooking process and turn off the heat. Plenty of heat from the cast iron to finish.

    I wish I could find a better/easier way of making pot pies. Pot pies were always one of the staples in cold weather when I had a stove. I suppose i could build a fire in the pit every time but being able to cook it on the stove top wold be great.

    Maybe make little hot pockets. Something to stew on...oooo stew!

    Anyone have any good "baking" on the stove top recipes?


    dave
     
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    Just a question, why not hunt for a small gas oven from graigslist?
     
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    What about the Coleman oven that sits on the stove? I have never tried one but they are cheap enough at Wally World.
     
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    Not really a huge question of cost. I'm in an off-grid tiny home, little more than 300 sq ft. It's just me and I've gone about 18 months without so it's not a need. Not sure I could tolerate reorganizing the furniture again in order to make room for a stove either. Getting a wood oven would be great but that would make it too warn inside.

    I've given some supplies and a compressor to a neighbor who does masonry work. I should have him help me make an adobe oven.

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    The Coleman ovens work well, but they are kinda small. joe
     
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    The outdoor pizza oven idea sure has merit. Especially if it'll get you into pot pie as well.
     
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    For pot pies start using pie pans or maybe even small bread pans or cupcake pans.
     
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    Get a 2nd skillet same size, pre-heat it on your burner and invert over your dish (a Lodge combo cooker would be ideal for this). Tenting this setup would probably be a good idea.
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    I like this. It's cheap as I have a great cast lid for my deep pan. Now I can't wait to try this.

    Thanks,
    dave
     
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    I have one for car camping and it works great for baked stuff. This fall i used it to make pizza so i feel like it would do a nice crispy pot pie too
     
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    Gas BBQ grill makes a nice oven if you have room for one outside.
     
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    I use the Camp Chef DO-12 Dutch oven, Camp Chef Dutch oven dome (comes with a flame spreader) on a Camp Chef propane two burner stove with good success. Made pies and pizza last weekend.

    Have found I can bake pretty much any thing in this set up that I can in a typical oven.

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    Yep, a Dutch oven. I have made a gazillion or so pot pies in mine. It’s really pretty easy and they are very tasty. I have four sizes and all are Lodge. Can’t beat ‘em.

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    back in the mid 1800's this ole dude named BESSEMER fine tuned the processing of iron so the ultimate cost was about 1/7th what it was

    (the Chinese did it back in the 1100's)

    the result was that commoners could afford cast iron vessels

    this "new" process included the development of the DUTCH OVEN in it's many variations

    any/every-thing that was baked got made in DO's

    IMHO the "cast iron recipes" are simply recipes folks are re-learning to cook in cast iron since society has turned almost completely to using stainless steel aluminium and non-stick cookware in/on their infinitely manageable modern kitchen gas n electric ranges n ovens

    the pot pie is a variation on pasties which have definitely been cooked in cast iron vessels for over 150 years

    virtually ANYTHING can and has been cooked in cast iron

    the dutch oven society folks have fine tuned the process so it can be used w/ common charcoal briquettes that can be configured to provide and maintain specific/desired temperatures

    looks to me like some research learnin and practice are on the horizon... ;-)
     
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    I have the same Camp Chef stove. Looks like that's the ticket.

    I agree. After Christmas I'll start my quest.

    Thanks,
    dave
     
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    Since you off grid have you considered a small portable kerosene stove with an oven ?

     
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    Sorry about the size of the photo. This is at auction locally. Ill bid, maybe get it cheaply. I'd keep it outside unless I wanted to make the house 200 degrees. [​IMG]
     
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    I've made Pasties on the stovetop using one frying pan inverted on top of the other over low heat. It makes an impromptu oven and works quite well.

    I use store-bought pie crusts to make my Pasties and they turn out quite well. I usually get 4-5 Pasties from a package of the pie crusts OR I use the biscuit dough in the cardboard tubes like Pillsbury Grands. Just press a couple together to form the Pastie crust and fill with whatever you have at hand.

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    My car portable baking/roasting setup.
    Steel oil pan, aluminum roof flashing roll makes a contained wind loss protected environment.
    A bag of charcoal and a lighting chimney.
    I've got a bunch of camp Dutch ovens and a deep 10" and deep 12" would be the two most versatile.

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    A large roasted bird with crispy skin in less than an hour. When looking to bake use a little less coals.
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    @Tangotag that bird looks too pretty to eat, nicely done on the cook set-up ... I now have a new project to work on, thanks for the post!
     
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    That looks fantastic! :)
     
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    If you're living along in a tiny home I can see where space would be a problem, have you considered a Toaster Oven (if you have electricity), they don't take up much room and you can cook, roast, or bake just about anything in one.
     
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    Check out Cowboy Kent Rollins and Cast Iron Chaos on YouTube. They have some great cast iron recipes.
     
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    I have solar...way more than I need. I haven't thought about a toaster oven because ...well, they seemed "old fashioned". Pretty dumb, here I am looking into just about every other "old fashioned" method and discarded the humble toaster oven...I'm a doofus. That is a great idea.

    That old wood stove went for...$170....SON OF A (^%$(&%. I knew I should have stuck around until the auction.

    thanks everyone for your input and ideas
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    These actually work very well.
     
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    +1 on the toaster oven. Several years back I bought a Breville for the RV. I used it just for toast for years, maybe warming pizza and the like. Then, after 5 or 6 years, I finally got around to using it to bake some cookies. Wow! With it's convection feature I would have cookies in less time than it took to warm up the "real" oven. Evenly baked across the sheet. It will also serve as an air fryer--convection oven is what an air fryer is, really.

    It works out to be one of the most versatile kitchen tools. They make several sizes and they all seem to work well. I suspect that the largest size may be a bit underpowered since they are 120 volt units and limited to 1500 or 1800 watts.
     
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    as for the Coleman ovens... we've baked a truck load of biscuits & other pan sized offerings in one w/ pleasant success

    the only proviso is to check the size pan it takes and have sevaral on hand to cook in succession if feeding a crowd

    if you can bake it in that sized pan at home the Coleman oven wont prevent you from having it in camp
     

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