We have been changing a lot of things here at Iron Cooker.
You have been writing in asking for things that we haven’t had
listed & we have searched looking for special items to add to our store.
It is input like that from our newsletter members that mean so much to us.
You have been asking for more campfire related items & we have a couple
items to show you that we have added lately that are selling well right away.
We found these items at a discount price that we are able to pass along to our
customers at a price below most other retailers.
black in color with wild animal cutout designs.
Portable from campsite to backyard.
Another item that we are happy to have added to our collection is this enclosed campfire
pit that is constructed of heavy gage steel with a screened top for a safe campfire where
restrictions do not allow open it fire burning, http://www.ironcooker.com/content-product_info/product_id-1718/24_inch_fire_pit.html
We do have a smaller version that measures 21 inches across & 17 inches high that would
retail for 5 dollars less. This item is not on our website but if it is something you are
interested in we will have it listed in a few days. Or you can call for request on any item
you would like to see if we have in stock.
Today we are looking into traveling adventures. Iron Cooker is going to be traveling to
different places this spring to set up & show various items we have. We hope to see
some of you this spring & summer on our adventures. It is always fun to talk to fellow
campers about their outdoor family adventures. With winter in full swing this is a time
when most of us start wishing we was outside fishing or sitting around a campfire with
our friends again. I for one have that feeling every time that I walk past my Dutch Ovens
& cast iron skillets hanging in my garage waiting for our first campfire cookout.
A new tripod still in its box is sitting in a corner; fire grates & a new campfire grill
are all waiting for spring in my garage. I do love my old cookware but there is something
about a new tripod & a few new items to try out every year that I cannot resist.
All this talking about cooking has been making me hungry, so we will stop here to post
a recipe that we have found for you.
Dutch Oven Ham and Scalloped Potatoes by Kathy Jacobs
From scratch Ham and Scalloped Potatoes – Well worth the effort!
3 cups sliced potatoes
2 cups cubed ham
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Layer potato slices and ham in liner pan. Cover with milk. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (if desired).
Place liner pan in prepared Dutch Oven. Cook for 30 minutes at 325 to 350 degrees. When done, potato slices should be fork tender.
Layer shredded cheese on top of potatoes. Leave airspace for cheese to expand into as it melts. Cover and place on heat for at least 5 to 10 minutes to melt cheese. Serve warm.
Don’t overload the liner pan. The potatoes and ham should move around some, not be one solid mass. If they are too tightly packed, the dish will take much longer to cook.
In today’s world we have many helpful items that makes taking a wilderness trip with our families much easier that it was 40 or even
20 years ago. With a phone call & a few clicks on an internet site you
can search to develop a great family camping adventure your whole
family will enjoy. If you are a Civil War enthusiasts you can participate
in a 21st century treasure hunt and learn about Civil War-related attractions
while visiting the state of Alabama. Visit Civil War attractions by
way of satellite technology.A Great outdoor Family adventure for children,
Or seach for clues hidden in ammunition
canisters & quart jars containing holding trivia clues at Young Harris, Georgia,
One must not forget that one of the best part of camping is a campfire.
What better way is there to start off camping season than with a good old
Dutch oven cook off. You will want to be involved when these big kettles
full of everything from baked beans, chili or Dutch oven apple pie.
You will see every shape & kind imaginable from large to small
preseason cast iron cookware or Enamel coated Dutch ovens.
Everyone has a preference they prefer when It comes to aDutch oven
cook-off . This is an event that you want to be sure not to miss out on.
Be sure to bring your cast Iron Dutch oven or Seasoned cast iron frying pan too !
Springtime is a great time of year for a outdoor family adventure! If you want that special touch that sets you apart from everyone
else at this event, be sure to bring your farm all cast iron tractor seat stool.
You will be amazed how many people will ask you where did you get that
& where can we find that stool.
Over years of research, looking at one person’s opinion compared to another’s will confuse
a local hunter into thinking everyone is crazy when it comes to talking about Deer management.
There are some hard facts about this matter with some very good research but your not going to
convince everyone with facts that happen in one area. Every situation is different & every area has
its own habitat problems that make everything change for a specific area & time.
White-tailed deer are prolific breeders. That means they have the potential to reproduce & grow
local deer populations quickly within a few years time. Most whitetail does will give birth
to twin fawns each year after their first birth, when they usually have just a single fawn at first.
One of the biggest deer management issues both suburban & rural continues to be deer
overpopulation resulting in degradation of their habitat. One would think because of this that deer are in
large numbers everywhere, but the fact is they are not.
Predator control is also a big issue that many hunters believe is a big
problem with decreasing deer herds. With increasing coyote population we have
to look at issues such as how many deer are actually killed by coyotes & what
other predators have also added to this dwindling deer population in an area.
Sometimes there will be barren does, ones that never do produce fawns.
All of these are factors that have to be considered in a good deer management area.
We have always left this area open for your opinions & comments. Let us hear your thoughts
ideas on deer management. What do you think about the wolves & coyotes we are now seeing in our woods taking down big bucks
Let’s open this up for everyone good or bad comments we want to hear how you feel.
With a new year there are many different tricks & ideas that all kinds of companies
will try to push off on customers. Raising prices & giving free shipping or discounting
an item so low it looks like free, then charging a service charge that is added to shipping cost.
At Iron Cooker we here to make a profit, we are not going to stand in front of customers and lie
about it or try some tricks to make them think that they are getting a deal of a lifetime.
Rest assured that every sale that was made in 2011 has went across our owner’s desk
to be approved. Any refunds or request from customers were directly handled by him.
At Iron Cooker we want to thank each and every one of you for being our customers & also
to thank you for a great year. If there is ever a comment on anything you would like to ask, please don’t hesitate to write us.
For those of you that have purchased our farm-all cast iron tractor seats. Over a hundred of them sold in December. For this reason alone we are keeping our new shipment that should arrive in a few weeks at this same lower price. We have 50 left in stock right now. Like I have said earlier, If you want a set of these buy them soon because it will be at least a month before our new shipment is in.
Winter time is always a great time of year for stew, gumbo & other
home cooked meals that bring back smells of grandma’s kitchen.
We will leave you with a Mexican beef stew recipe for this occasion.
MEXICAN BEEF STEW
3 tbsp. oil
1 lb. round steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped green peppers
1 c. chopped tomatoes
1 lb. acorn squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 lb. cabbage, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 lb. potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
4 c. water
4 beef-flavored bouillon cubes
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 (20 oz.) can chick peas, drained
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 c. water
In Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add beef, 1/2 at a time. Brown on all sides, about 20 minutes. Remove from pan. Add onion, and cook 1 minute, stirring. Heat remaining oil in Dutch oven, add green pepper and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, cook for another minute, stirring. Add beef, squash and next 6 ingredients, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add chick peas. Mix cornstarch and 1/4 cup water until smooth. Stir into beef mixture. Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium heat, and boil 1 minute. Makes 6 servings.
There are many different recipes for great tasting Dutch oven chicken that
we could go on for days talking about our grandmother’s best chicken.
Fact is that there is just something about a good cast iron Dutch oven when it
comes to making a deep dish pot of chicken stew or a good chicken pie.
A Dutch oven is something you can create your own recipe with because there
is no define recipe when it comes to Dutch oven cooking.
Put a good cut of chicken with vegetables & a cup of wine or two in your cast iron
cookware for a great Dutch oven chicken meal you will enjoy tonight.
Not only great tasting but it will smell up your home like your grandmother’s
house smelled all those years ago.
There are many resources when picking out your cast iron cookware along with
many different brands & styles to choose from. If you’re cooking over an open fire
you will want a good selection of preseason cast iron cookware for easy non
stick cooking on your camping trip. Most of us prefer a fancy look in our own kitchens
& select an enamel coated pan that can be selected in many different styles of skillets
roasting pans or Dutch ovens. Today there is a choice of ceramic enamel aluminum
cookware that offers a look of enamel while being much lighter to handle.
One of our favorite recipes to share around our campfire is this recipe.
Chicken & Dumplin’s Recipe
1 LB Boneless Chicken Tenders
1/2 Bag Carrots
1 Large Onion
6 Stalks of Celery
6 Medium Sized Potatoes
1 TSP oil
2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Can Biscuits or Mix up 2 cups of Bisquik Mix
Spoon for Stirring & Serving
Cut up Chicken, Carrots, Onions, Celery.
Place Dutch oven on coals, add oil then Chicken. Cook until slightly browned. Add Onion, Celery, Carrots and Potatoes and cup of water. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add 2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup and water to the consistancy of gravy. Cover and simmer an additional 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add bisquits to top of mixture, cook covered 20 – 25 minutes. Bisquik dropped by spoonfuls can be used in place of bisquits.
When you think of a campfire one of the first thoughts that come to mind is probably one of marshmallows
on a stick waiting to be smashed between two gram crackers. Camping & S’mores go together almost as much as hot dogs & ketchup when it comes to camping.
Anyone that does not think so can just look at any kids face on your next camping trip when you
bring out a big bag of marshmallows, a roasting fork & that box of gram crackers.
This is something dates back as far as 1927 where it was published in a girl scout cookbook describing a
campfire dessert consisting of a graham cracker sandwich filled with toasted marshmallow and melted chocolate.
This is something that sets off a great bonfire. Even adult kids enjoy burning a marshmallow
or two over a flaming campfire on a great summer night.
As we all know its wintertime now & we are mostly stuck inside with these cold winds blowing outside.
With our cast iron skillets & pans having to be put in our ovens & stove tops until this storm lets up
enough to get outside to our back yard fire pit again.
Something new for this year that puts a unique twist to our camping & S’mores ideas is something you will find very tasty are
these S’more Cupcakes that we have been reading about at with a great marshmallow frosting.
Something we recommend everyone that has a sweet tooth to try these great party snacks or desert cupcakes.