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Iron Cookware Recipes – Pie Iron Cooking

March 30th, 2012 by ironcooker

Cooking In a Pie Iron

Pie Iron Cooking is something that almost every camper has used or has seen being used at almost every campground we arrive at. It’s fun to use for all ages & can be used to make a wide variety of meals that anyone will Pie Ironenjoy. With so many recipes to choose from we are going to give you a link to some of the great recipes we have discovered along our trails of camping enjoyment at pie iron cooking.
A Pie iron is constructed of cast iron – stamped steel or aluminum that can hold up very well in high heat of a campfire.  You can make tasty breakfast egg & cheese biscuit or French toast in your pie irons. This is a great way to make a small chicken pot pie or a small apple pie. If you haven’t discovered pie iron cooking; you have to give this a try on your next camping or hiking adventure. pie iron tater totsAnother recipe that is fun for your whole family & enjoyed around our campfire is this Pie Iron Taco recipe.

Pie Iron Tacos



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 12 (5 inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream (optional)


  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to crumble, until browned. Pour off excess fat, and mix in the taco seasoning according to package directions.
  2. Spray the inside of a pie iron with cooking spray, and place a corn tortilla on one side. Place a scoop of ground beef on top of the tortilla, sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese, and chopped onion. Finally, place another tortilla on top, and close the pie iron.
  3. Cook the taco over the moderate coals of a campfire until the tortillas have crisped and browned, and the taco is hot in the center. Serve with lettuce, tomato, salsa, and sour cream. Repeat with remaining ingredients.



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Dutch Oven Recipes – Dutch Oven Bread

March 30th, 2012 by ironcooker

 Blue Ribbon Sourdough Bread

Dutch oven sour dough bread2 cups sourdough starter
2 cups lukewarm water (potato, rice or macaroni water if possible)
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp salt
3 tbsp salad oil or butter
1 package yeast
7-9 cups flour
Makes two large loaves
Begin the night before by mixing the starter with 2 cups each of flour and water.
Mix well, cover and let sit in a warm place overnight.
In the morning take 2 cups sourdough starter from mixture. Pour the remaining
sourdough into your starter crock and refrigerate.
Mix the starter with the water, sugar, salt and oil. Add yeast (bread will rise
without yeast but it takes forever). Add flour to make a medium soft, but not
sticky dough. Knead well, until smooth and elastic. (6-8 minutes)
For more sour bread; add required water and 2-3 cups flour to bread starter and
allow to work an additional 4-12 hours then add remaining ingredients and knead
as above.
Place in lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover, let double
(about 1 hour) in a warm place. Punch down and let raise again (Second raise can
be skipped to shorten time). Punch down, knead it lightly, and cut into 2 pieces.
To bake in a 12-inch dutch oven, form each piece:
Into a round loaf, place in a lightly greased oven, slice the top several times and
allow to raise again. Pre-heat lid and bake with heat top and bottom for 15-20
minutes, remove half of bottom heat and continue baking 20-30 minutes, or until
browned and done. Cool on wire rack.
Cut each piece into three strips, roll. Braid the three strips, seal the ends and place
in lightly greased 12-inch oven and allow to raise again. Bake as for round loaves.
Both loaves can be baked in a 14-inch oven.
To bake at home: Shape each piece into a loaf, and place each into a standard 9-
inch greased bread pan. Cover and let raise again. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven
for 35 to 45 minutes or until browned and done.bread in a dutch oven

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Fishing – River Fishing

March 25th, 2012 by ironcooker

Spring Steelhead Fishing

Growing up in Northern Michigan I will always remember vacations we took to fish at Tippy Dam
There was always anticipation for these trips for a young boy every spring when these fish would start their trip up river to spawn as they are now. Banks full of men & women standing with long poles in hand to bring in one of these big fish. There would be several days I would spend with my family on the banks of the Manistee River fishing & camping under this big dam; it’s something that I don’t think I will ever forget. Grandmother would have a big 15 inch cast iron skillet with fresh fish cooking over a campfire every evening &  Eggs with sausage every morning. Every time I pull on my waders I think of the smell of cast iron & pine smoke coming from her campfire. River fishing reports this week say that fishing on gravel beds are River fishing at Tippy dambest with spawn in full swing, fishing on this river is changing daily. Everyone that fishes these rivers knows that anyone can fish while a few catch fish, it is a time learned thing that you just have to spend time to know. The main thing is to enjoy what I learned when I was a small boy with my family on these river banks. Catching fish is a bonus but being with your family & friends is what really matters. Sharing old stories that are passed on from grandparent to younger generations & then passed on again over a burning campfire on a star lit night is something you will never forget. I listen to my friends talk about their trips to places I have been & we share stories about our trips. We know all of you have stories you would like to share. Leave your comments & ideas of your experiences on river or bluegill bass or pike fishing; we would like to hear from you.  Share your outdoor experiences with us.

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Dutch Oven Recipes – Camping Recipes

March 21st, 2012 by ironcooker

Dutch Ovens for Camping

Dutch Oven over fire pitTo have some of the best tasting meals for camping that is low fat.
For camping feast that are delicious & fun to make you can’t beat a cast iron Dutch oven hanging on a tripod over hot coals on a hot summer night. When camping in parks or way back in a wild setting campers like to tell stories & trade camping recipes.  It’s a great time for children toDutch Oven Pizza learn Dutch oven cooking from older campers & to learn how to use them.  If you’re on a lone country trail or  trekking by a mountain lake;  join your fellow campers & share a good camping recipe with them.

Baja Seafood Stew

1/2 c Onion; Chopped, 1 Medium

1/2 c Green Chiles; Chopped

2 Cloves Garlic;Finely Chopped

1/4 c Olive Oil

2 c White Wine; Dry

1 tb Orange Peel; Grated

1 1/2 c Orange Juice

1 tb Sugar

1 tb Cilantro; Fresh, Snipped

1 ts Basil Leaves; Dried

1 ts Salt

1/2 ts Pepper

1/2 ts Oregano Leaves; Dried

28 oz Italian Plum Tomatoes; *

24 Soft-shell Clams; Scrubbed

1 1/2 lb Shrimp; Raw, Shelled, Med.

1 lb Fish; **

6 oz Crabmeat; Frozen, ***

Use 1 24oz can of Italian Plum Tomatoes that are undrained and cut in half. **

The following fish can be used: cod, sea bass, mahimahi or red snapper fillets that

are cut into 1-inch pieces.

*** Crabmeat should be thawed, drained and cartilage removed. Cook and stir

Onion, chilies, and garlic in oil in 6-quart Dutch oven until onion is tender. Stir in

Remaining ingredients except seafood. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer

uncovered for 15 minutes. Add clams; cover and simmer until clams open, 5 to 10

minutes. (Discard any clams that have not opened.) Carefully stir in shrimp, fish

and crabmeat. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until shrimp are

pink and fish flakes easily with fork, 4 to 5 minutes.

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Iron Cooker Updates – March 18 Newsletter

March 18th, 2012 by ironcooker

Iron Cooker newsletter  3-18-2012

We are a little behind in our newsletter because we have been making changes here at iron Cooker. We have added several new products to our store inventory in the past few weeks that many customers have asked for in the Backpackers cookware setpast. We have added some new lightweight backpacking cookware to our store for campers that like getting off the main trail. Our backpacker’s stainless steel cook set priced at $18.50 is both lightweight & easy to stack together & carry along with your backpacking gear. Also we have some new blue enamel coated steel plates, cups & coffee percolator  for campers. It is very near time for homemade ice cream & we have an old fashioned looking ice cream maker that can either be used with hand crank or electric motor. You can have great tasting homemade ice cream just like your grandparents made years ago. We only have 40 of our farm all cast iron tractor seat stools left in stock & these are going fast. We do have  two other seats that are selling well also, one is a reproduction farm all tractor seat & Minneapolis Moline tractor seat that a lot of customers are using to make their own projects. Be sure to check our blog for camping news & recipes.
Also in news for this week we are posting to 2 other blogs also that you may be interested in reading.
One has great recipes & stories about Louisiana cooking & hunting adventures. If you like a good crawfish boil, visit our friends blog at
There is a good camping & all around outdoors blog that is starting up & taking hold with some good realistic adventures in real life experiences. I do like reading this blog & I am sure you will too. When you read these blogs don’t forget to comment on their post & tell them where you found them from so they know that we sent you to their blog.
For all of you that are new to our newsletter; at closing we post a new recipe that we have or one that one of our readers have sent in to us.Sweet & Hot Chicken Wings


1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon hot chili-garlic sauce, such as sriracha
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
16 chicken wings, wing tips removed
vegetable oil
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

Make the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk the sauces, sesame oil and ginger together.
Trim excess skin from the edges of the wings. Lightly brush or spray with the oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Grill the chicken wings over Direct Medium heat until the skin begins to crisp, about 10 minutes, turning once or twice.
Brush the wings with the glaze and continue to grill until the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 8 to 10 minutes, turning and brushing with the glaze 2 or 3 times.
Serve warm.
Servings: 4

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Family Camping – Camping News

March 16th, 2012 by ironcooker

Camping Experiences 

On several of our outdoor adventures we have encountered many families sharing their camping experiences with us.  Some write to us while others RV Camping newsshare their experiences on blogs & newsletters.
Wilderness outdoors is making plans for many trips to campgrounds this summer to visit with old & make new friends to share our family camping experiences. There are two blogs that we connect to that have helpful information on many areas of this country that we like to visit. When we look for camping news we always turn to these two blogs for information we know will be interesting. A recent post about an upper Michigan campground along Lake Superior was posted in family time blog. Here you will find some really great posts; one that caught my attention is this recipe for key lime pie. This is a recipe that I am going to try soon & I think you will enjoy this along with other postings in this blog.  Some of us are more adventurous than others & take our camping to more rugged areas where backpacking is an option to visit more remote areas. If your plans are for more than a few hours on a wilderness backpacking trip with your family you are going to want supplies for this. Some lightweight cooking Back packing cookwareaccessories should be first on your list because if you don’t have food & water on this long trek your kids will let you know that you forgot! What would be a great camping trip without great recipes? We have discovered some of the best tasting ideas from Campdog Cajun seasoning blog. With recipes, hunting stories & links with many interesting articles you will be sure to enjoy. Soon we will be packing our camper to make another adventure of our own so be sure to check in often for new camping news that we will be bringing you all summer long.

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Iron Cookware Recipes – Pie Iron Cooking

Friday March 30th, 2012 in Iron Cookware Recipes | 2 Comments »

Dutch Oven Recipes – Dutch Oven Bread

Friday March 30th, 2012 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 5 Comments »

Fishing – River Fishing

Sunday March 25th, 2012 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 12 Comments »

Dutch Oven Recipes – Camping Recipes

Wednesday March 21st, 2012 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 4 Comments »

Iron Cooker Updates – March 18 Newsletter

Sunday March 18th, 2012 in Iron Cooker Updates | 2 Comments »

Family Camping – Camping News

Friday March 16th, 2012 in Family Camping | 3 Comments »

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