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Campfire Cooking – Pot Roast Recipes

February 29th, 2012 by ironcooker

Pot Roast Recipes

cooking pot roast over campfireWhen I think of campfire cooking I think about big Dutch ovens on a tripod over a campfire with an iron skillet on a grate over flaming coals. I often think of pot roast recipes that would go great on a camping trip.  With so many great recipes to choose from it is hard to actually say what would be a person’s favorite. So will tell you about one I have recently tired that was posted by a friend from Louisiana.
He takes great care looking for recipes to post in his blog for his many readers to enjoy. This week he has come up with a great recipe called Pot roast wood ducks. As always you will find this is a Cajun recipe with Cajun seasonings. Louisiana is sort of noted for that you know, but us northerners like it too. I do hope all of you enjoy pot roast recipes as much as we do.
Make sure you have a good cast Iron Dutch oven big enough to make an ample amount of this for all of your friends because they are going to want to see what you have in this kettle when they smell campfire breakfastthe  scent your campsite is giving off. We all have our favorite camping gear we like to show off. Mine happens to be my new tripod that I am itching to show off this year with my new cast iron Dutch oven &  a new seasoned frying pan. We have made new stands & even have decided to take along our farmall tractor seat stools to sit under our awning. Campfire cooking is getting away from everything to get out enjoying a little part of nature as much as you can. It can be as simple as cooking a hotdog or marshmallow with your youngest child or cooking a 3 course meal for guest. What is important is that you are enjoying your camping experience.

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Outdoor Hiking – Outdoor Adventures

February 25th, 2012 by ironcooker

Wilderness Hiking 

Preparing for a hiking trip can be your most important task. Before anything else we must be sure we have a good supply of necessary equipment & supplies we will need for our  Outdoor Adventures Trekking Polesoutdoor adventures. Check them old hiking boots you have stored away in a box way back upon a shelf in your garage.
Little rodents have a way of finding things we thought was secure. One thing none of us want is to find out that we have to make a quick last minute run to buy boots because we did not check our gear a few days ahead of time. Check your  trekking poles for any repairs you may want to do to them, such as new tips, straps or even replacing them all together. If you are planning on a long hiking trip of more than a couple days you may want to plan ahead & leave heavy items such as cooking items at locations along your route. Cast Iron is great for cooking outdoors over an open fire but lugging these items over miles of wilderness is hard. You will want to plan ahead and leave items like cast iron skillets & heavy Dutch ovens at designated camping locations along your hiking path. A well planned trip is an enjoyable trip & one you will not regret. Food items take a little more time to prepare for & it all depends on how long you are going to be on your outdoor adventures. There are several camping stores that sell freeze dried items that are both lightweight & compact for hiking purposes. Water is something to really consider, you will want to carry at least enough water for one day with you or leave water bottles ahead on your trail with your cooking gear also. If you leave food items at locations make sure to protect these items from wild animals such as bears & raccoon or skunks. They will always be looking for a free meal from hikers & campers that have not taken precautions to put things out of their reach. If you are not taking a long trip of more than a few hours you may want to consider  carrying or pulling a small cart with items for yourOutdoor Adventure Trails Cookout camping kitchen with you. Where ever you decide to go or be sure to have a good plan for your outdoor adventure because an unprepared trip in a wilderness setting can be a disaster waiting to happen. Everything from clothing to preparing your meals can be a very rewarding experience that you will find other hikers & campers talking about on a regular basis. It is a great feeling knowing that you planned this outing & even some of the smallest details have made a big impact on how things have turned out on your trip into Mother Nature’s back yard. So get out & have fun, you will not regret a well planned wilderness vacation.

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Dutch Oven Recipes – Country Pot Roast & Gravy

February 23rd, 2012 by ironcooker

A country pot roast 

Country pot roast & gravyWe have had several request for a good dutch oven pot roast recipe
that can be made at home or at a campground site wile camping with your family.
This is a recent recipe that was posted on
We hope you enjoy cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens as much as we do.


  • 3- to 4-pound beef pot roast
  • flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 beef bouillon cube or base
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 12 to 18 small white onions, peeled
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and quartered
  • .
  • Sour cream gravy:
  • 1 1/3 cups drippings
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature


Coat both sides of pot roast with flour. In a Dutch oven or large deep baking dish, melt butter; brown meat slowly on both sides. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Dissolve bouillon cube in hot water; pour over meat. Cover and place in a preheated 350° oven; cook 1 1/2 hours. Add onions and carrots; cook 15 minutes. Add potatoes; sprinkle with a little more salt. Cook about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove meat and vegetables to a warm platter; keep warm.
Prepare sour cream gravy:
Pour drippings from pot roast into saucepan. Blend together flour and water. Heat drippings to boiling; gradually stir in flour and water mixture and cook, stirring constantly until gravy is thickened. Cook 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and slowly stir in sour cream. Heat through, but do not boil.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.  For more great recipes visit
blue oval dutch oven

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Iron Cookware Recipes – Cooking Over A Campfire

February 19th, 2012 by ironcooker

Campfire Cooking

Cooking over a campfire is about as tradition as it gets when it
campfire cook pot & tripodcomes to a camping trip. Weather your cooking hot dogs on a two prong fork or
marshmallows are dripping in a melting mess around your gram cracker filled
with chocolate. Having a Dutch oven hanging from a tripod is just something of
a background picture that gets stuck in my head all winter long. On every hunting or fishing trip we have taken, some of our fondest memories are from our camp cook with hot coffee & an aroma of cast iron cooking hotcakes & sausage. Can you think of any better smell on a crisp  spring morning wile your getting ready to head out to your favorite fishing hole?   Cast Iron Preseason Double Pie Sandwich Iron or a camp grill to sit your coffee pot or Iron skillet on is something you will never want to be without once you have these in your outdoor gear. One thing that is an absolute must for delicious camping feast is a Dutch oven. Almost Camping Dutch Oveneverything that can be cooked in a traditional oven can also be made in a cast iron Dutch oven over an open fire. The cast-iron pot cooks on hot coals in your site’s campfire ring. If you are using charcoal to cook with you will need to place three times as many coals on the lid as you put underneath the oven. You can line your Dutch oven with aluminum foil for easy clean up When you do remove the lid or handle any part of the hot oven, be sure to  use cooking gloves or hot pot tongs  Camping is a great place for children to learn skills such as Cooking over a campfire with cast iron. Teaching children how to cook outdoors is something that does not require major clean-up, there are many great recipes like Dutch Oven Lasagna, Peach Cobbler & Barbecue Ribs

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Fishing – Ice Fishing Event

February 5th, 2012 by ironcooker

    More than catching 

ice fishing bluegillThis hasn’t been the best year for ice fishing with warm weather hindering ice
on most small lakes. Several ice fishing events have been canceled this year due
to weather conditions. When this happens there are always things to do for us
fishermen & women. I have been busy in my back room tying new lures & making
my favorite jigs for bluegills & northern pike. We all have our favorite lures & jigs
that have that certain twist or size that has to be home made because we just
can’t find what we want at our local sporting store. Over years of fishing in our
favorite spots we have learned what works on a certain day for us. This is
an important for us rare breed of fisherman if for no other reason than
it is something that we have made ourselves. I for one have my own little set up
of molds & hooks sizes down to a little 1/32 with drop hooks & plastic molds.Bluegill Jig
It is always a fun time for me out in my little room making experimental things
for next spring. Color has always been a big deal for most of us & everyone has
their preferences. I can remember quite a few years ago going out one spring morning
to a good fishing lake where sunfish was on their beds early. I had said that this
black & white jig with a lime tail was all we needed but my friend wouldn’t switch.
Even when I had my limit & he had 3 or 4 fish he claimed his was better & his lure
was superior to mine. I guess when it all comes down to how much fun you have
when you’re spending time with your friend on your favorite lake.  Then
there is another bonus as we all know that there is nothing like fresh caught fish
cooked in a cast iron skillet with an aroma filling your house or cabin like nothing
you have ever smelled before. There is just something about an old fry pan, fresh
fish & good friends to share that won’t replace anything else at hunting or fish camp.
One ice fishing event that has really drawn a crowd was Last weekend’s free ice-fishing
event at Hauser Lake.
An event that was put together by Idaho fish & game
with help from Cabela’s & agency staffers & a very special thanks to 3 sportsman that
put down their own fishing gear to take time to help other new fishermen. At this event
this volunteer crew helped at least 350 people get a taste of fishing – as well as a
taste of the 496 hot dogs and 23 gallons of hot chocolate that was
served free to the crowd. What can be more wonderful than sportsmen & women
coming together to give their time to teach & show others a good time at an event.
Lets hear what you do to help new fishermen women & new hunters. What events
have you thought about helping with as a volunteer this year? What events are
coming up that you can let others know about so we can volunteer too?  Lets help
& teach our younger sports people that its giving & caring that makes our sports
what they are today.


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Iron Cooker Updates – 2 – 19 – 2012

February 4th, 2012 by ironcooker

Iron Cooker newsletter   2 19 2012


Welcome aboard to all of our new members to our newsletter since our last posting. Last year was good to us at Iron cooker &
this year is looking even better. This is normally a time of year when things are slow & we can take care of some of the details
 heat resistance glovesof data entering work that needs to be updated every so often. But thanks to all of you we haven’t had a chance to get to it yet.
And that is a good thing that we really appreciate happening because it shows us that you like what we are providing for you.
We have some new products that some of you have been purchasing as soon as they hit our website.
One of them is our addition of Camp Chef Heat Guard Gloves priced at 15 dollars. Anyone that handles hot Dutch ovens
or skillets off a campfire knows that these are a must.

 We normally stay with metal & Cast iron products but we have International farm all metal thermometers so we 
added a special John Deere thermometer with a welcome sign that is very attractive & that same thing happened as did 
with our heat guard gloves, You was buying them as soon as we listed them on our site,John Deere Thermometer
We have added several items this time so don’t forget to go to our site to see everything from our new additions 
to cast iron stars & all other categories we have been working on.
If you like camping or fishing stories be sure to visit & subscribe to our blog updates too.  we post weekly & all previous newsletters are listed there too.
I know by now everyone is tired of us talking about our cast iron farmall tractor seat stools, but they are still selling like never before.
We have run our inventory down under 70 again & expect to run out. I know we have said before, but if you even think you want some
of these be sure to get your orders in because once again it will be two months before our new shipment comes in on this item.
We are looking for another enamel cast iron supplier to go with what we have so we can have some new items to offer this season.
Also we have some new seasonings & are looking forward to adding more.

Now it’s time to add our recipe to this newsletter for you.

Fulton’s Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe

You’re going to love this one!

Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush is a maple syrup farm located just outside of Ottawa, Ontario in Canada.
Every year they have activities available during the spring running of the sap. The sap harvested from the Maple tree,
in case you do not know it, is what they use to make maple syrup.

They also have a pancake house where you can buy pancakes and other related items.
The pancakes are always delicious so I was thrilled to find this recipe printed in the Ottawa Citizen one year.
Since then, it has become ‘my’ carrot cake recipe. We love it!

This cake serves 10 to 12 people.

Cake Ingredients:

  • Oil and flour to grease a 10-inch tube or angel food cake pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached if possible
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated maple sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed, well-drained pineapple
  • 1 cup grated coconut (optional)

Ingredients for the maple icing:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces or 225 grams of cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • 3 cups of icing sugar

For The Garnish:

  • Granulated maple sugar.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush oil on tube pan; sprinkle with flour, knocking out excess.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, maple sugar, oil and sour milk. With a rubber scraper, stir in carrots, pineapple and coconut; fold in dry ingredients until well combined.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake 1 hour. Test for doneness using a toothpick inserted into the centre, which should come out clean. Remove from oven and leave cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes Use a table knife to separate cake from pan; invert onto a plate. Cool completely before spreading maple icing on the cake.
  5. For the icing, in the bowl of an electric mixer combine icing ingredients and beat until smooth and thick enough to spread on the cake. To garnish, sprinkle iced cake with maple sugar.

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Campfire Cooking – Pot Roast Recipes

Wednesday February 29th, 2012 in Campfire Cooking | 14 Comments »

Outdoor Hiking – Outdoor Adventures

Saturday February 25th, 2012 in Outdoor Hiking | 8 Comments »

Dutch Oven Recipes – Country Pot Roast & Gravy

Thursday February 23rd, 2012 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 7 Comments »

Iron Cookware Recipes – Cooking Over A Campfire

Sunday February 19th, 2012 in Iron Cookware Recipes | 5 Comments »

Fishing – Ice Fishing Event

Sunday February 5th, 2012 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 7 Comments »

Iron Cooker Updates – 2 – 19 – 2012

Saturday February 4th, 2012 in Iron Cooker Updates | 3 Comments »

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