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Cast Iron Cook Pot

March 6th, 2015 by ironcooker

A One Stop Solution to Explore Culinary

Dutch oven with feetBaking cake, frying chicken or stir-fry is incomplete without utensils made out of cast iron. With this metal pan, you can explore a wide gamut of culinary wonders. It is fun to cook in this pan. Use of these utensils, date back to the Han Dynasty, when they were used for the evaporation of salt. In kitchens across the globe, this cookware is treasured by generations owing to its manifold benefits. Over the years, appearance of this appliance has evolved. For the convenience of users, handles and stands are attached to these cooking vessels. Durability and even heat distribution are two important attributes that have made it a must have for any kitchen.

 

An age-old asset

You do not require any special utensil to cook food in this. Be it oven or stove, you can cook anything in a Cast Iron Cook Pot. A seasoned pot improves with age and lasts for a lifetime. These pans are made from a single sheet of metal and helps in uniform distribution of heat while cooking. Professional chefs, as well as your mother and grandmother, depend on this cookware owing to its temperature control attribute. Around the globe, enthusiasts opt for this vessel for fat-free cooking as food glides its surface seamlessly. Owing to even circulation of heat, you can use this cookware for searing, frying and baking.Bread in Dutch Oven

Take care of seasoning Cast iron Roast Beef Recipe

Versatility of cast iron pans and skillets makes it stand out. In fact, you can utilize your creative best and experiment with different cuisines. Cast iron is non-stick in nature. Curing and seasoning prevent food particles to stick to the surface and appearance of cracks. If you are using a frying pan, then preheat it. Avoid pouring cold liquid on a hot surface, as it will lead to cracks. While cooking in Cast Iron Cook Pot on the electric stove, you need to take extra care. Preheating and setting the temperature should be done with utmost care. If you heat the pan too fast then, it might form hotspots.

Maintenance of utensils

Every time you cook in these pans, the surface will appear smooth as seasoning fills the microscopic pores of cast iron surface. Maintenance of pots decides durability of Cast Iron Cook Pot. You can wash utensils in brief intervals and then dry to get rid of excess oil. Unlike utensils of other makes, you cannot wash a cast iron cookware in dishwasher. You can use water and dishwashing soap for cleaning utensils. Never let the water rest on the surface, as it will lead to the formation of rust.

Prevent it from rust formation 

In case, your food tastes metallic or has a blackish appearance then know that layer of seasoning has depleted. In Cast Iron Cook Pot, avoid storing food as it affects the curing level. Refrain from boiling water in these pans as it affects seasoning applied on the surface and causes it to rust. Metal pans are preferred for its unique cooking properties. Those suffering from iron deficiencies can benefit from the process of absorption of iron. However, quantity of iron absorbed depends on the age of cookware and duration of cooking.

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Annual Reunion of the National Threshers Association – Wauseon, OH

July 5th, 2014 by ironcooker

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 From The Desk of Iron Cooker

We had a great time in Ohio at the Annual Reunion of the National Threshers Association at the Fulton County Fairgrounds north of Wauseon, Ohio.

I would like to give a personal thank you to many friends, old and new, that showed up to see
us at this event.

It was a pleasure meeting Susie Chatfield from the Michigan Steam Engine & Thresher’s Club in mason Michigan. We will be setting up at this event that is going on July   25 – 27 2014

10505024_709166722464150_462828462604567867_oThanks so much To Rhonda Lane & her sister Karen Fridley for stopping in Saturday afternoon. We enjoyed meeting all of you so much, and I cannot describe the friendliness and hospitality of the folks at the show.

Very special thanks to John and Diane Dye for stopping at the show and taking us
out to eat after the event Friday night.
We stopped In Lansing to meet with new friends Steve and Becky Brown to deliver an order they had made from us. 9
This is just a few of the many of you that made our weekend a success. There is just too many to mention and know it was great meeting all of you.

For you that have one of our bags, you also have a list of places we will be this year.
Follow us on face book or twitter for upcoming news. We will be back next year in the same location & hope to see all of you again

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Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing

April 23rd, 2014 by ironcooker

Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing
Salmon are one of the most delicious and widely used fish.  It makes appearances in a lot of cuisines– from Japanese to Nordic, and even Polynesian.  You can pickle them, smoke them, bake them, and even make salmon jerky!  And while it’s a tasty and healthful ingredient to have in your kitchen, it’s also great sport to venture off and fish for your own salmon.  And whether you’re making a special fishing trip to Alaska or make it part of a camping trip, here’s what you need to know to go fly fishing for salmon.

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold: The Importance of Temperature

The Importance of TemperatureThe right water temperature is the key to success if you want to bag your own salmon. Invest in a quality thermometer, and keep an eye on how the water temperature changes throughout the day. If you can remember to take a reading at the same time each day, your readings will be consistent.  If you get a little sloppy about it, you’ll find some crazy jumps as the water temperature spikes or drops while it’s warmed by the sun or cooling off after noon.

Put the thermometer at least six inches below the surface of the lake or river, but don’t go much deeper than three feet.  If you can, try to take a reading at the same level each time, since temperature changes with depth as well as with the time of day.  Record your findings in a notebook, and get updates often.

Cool Waters Mean Better Salmon Fishing

Cool Waters Mean Better Salmon FishingExperienced fly fishermen know that salmon prefer cloudy weather. Less sunlight means that the water is cooler, and there’s more oxygen in cool water. And with more oxygen, salmon can be a lot more active.  But abundance doesn’t mean an easy catch: the energized salmon are sure to put up a fight to get away from the lure!

If you can find a midway point where the salmon will be present without wanting to put up much of a fight, you’ll be more likely to bring home a fish!

Taking Stock Of Your Fishing Equipment

Taking Stock Of Your Fishing EquipmentThe temperature of the water comes into play again, dictating what kind of rod, reel, and line you can use.  And of course, that also plays into which types of lures or baits will work.  Having access to those temperature readings really helps!  With that said, many fishermen have success with a lure or dry fly, in either a classic or contemporary pattern.  Check out what other fishers are using in your area when you’re looking into local regulations and licensing.

There’s definitely a lot of science and strategy involved in fly fishing for salmon. Knowing what types of rod, reels, lines, baits, and lures to use is a good start, but knowing about the regions climate, water temperatures, and oxygen levels can go a long way.

Do you have any tips on rods, reels, lures, or flies?  Have you made any catches because you were savvy to the water’s attributes?  And what are your favorite fly fishing spots (we’re all friends here, you can tell us!)?  Give us your feedback and tips in the comments section below!

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Campground Cooking

April 6th, 2014 by ironcooker

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Campground Cooking With A Dutch Oven

An Article by Nicholas Filonovich

After a full day of camping excursions, fishing, hunting, etc., is there anything better than coming back to camp with a hot meal waiting for you?
Well this is done easily with a Dutch oven. A Dutch oven is a large cast iron pot with a lid that seconds as a skillet for your breakfast eggs or bacon, and can give your outdoor experience a wonderful meal at the end of the day.

Dutch oven with feet The basic idea of cooking with a Dutch oven is slow, slow, and slow! After your morning campfire for your breakfast and coffee and you are ready to hit the trails or stream, you bury your Dutch oven in the coals with a great meal inside that will be waiting for you when you get back! But we’ll get back to that shortly!

let’s start with the basics. First off, you will need to purchase a true campfire cast iron Dutch oven. A “true” campfire Dutch oven is made of cast iron, big and heavy with sloping sides and three legs to stand on. The lid seals the pot tightly has a rim around it to hold coals and earth. The lid is also an excellent skillet when flipped over to cook your eggs and bacon in the morning. There are “modern” Dutch ovens that are made of Aluminum, though these are definitely NOT desired for camp cooking. They easily overheat and tend to warp, and when you are cooking an all day meal to come back to, the last thing you want is a pot full of coals and dirt. So after you have purchased your new cast iron Dutch oven, the first thing you need to do is to give it a very good washing in hot water and soap. This washing will prepare it for seasoning. Many manufactures coat the cast iron with wax or other sealers to preserve the appearance of the utensil. After a good cleaning it is ready for seasoning. Seasoning is when you coat your new cast iron oven with oil or grease and “cook” it in your oven or campfire for several hours. Generally a couple to four hours is fine. The more the better. This process can get smoky in your oven so make sure you have your vent on. Basically this lets the oil or grease prepare the metal for even cooking and adds that special touch to cast iron cooking. Once seasoned, you will not have to do it again, as long as you do not excessively scrub the oven. Warm water and soap will do just fine for cleaning. Never use a “Brillo” pad or harsh abrasives. All Right, back to the cooking. A Dutch oven is designed for cooking over or in an open fire. Being heavily made with very thick metal, it distributes the heat more evenly. So when it is in a campfire either covered with coals or on a hook over a direct fire, it cooks very evenly. It also works great withDutch Oven Breadcampfires as they tend to very in the amount of heat they give out due to flare-ups, burn downs, hot coals, etc. One of the best uses and one of my favorites of using a Dutch oven is burying the oven with your favorite stew in a bed of coals and earth after your morning meal. Let your meal slowly cook all daylong while you are away enjoying your day outdoors. Later in the article we have included some “recipes” for all day stews. Dutch oven cooking is like any type of outdoors cooking, i.e. grilling, smoking, or even cooking a hotdog over a campfire, it is almost an art of trial and error. There is no exact science of how long to cook, what to add, how much to spice it up. Every campfire will give different results, though a Dutch oven does compensate for many. As a general rule, as with a home Slowcooker/Crockpot, the longer the better. Long, slow cooked meals tend to be very tender and delicious. The same goes for Dutch oven meals covered with coals and earth. Tender meats, tasty vegetables and seasoning all blended after hours of cooking, what more can one ask after a long day outdoors!

Recipes:

Well, I did say that I would give recipes at the end and here is a very basic recipe for your enjoyment!

Beef Stew:

2 pounds of Stew Beef in 1-inch cubes
4/5 Carrots,
Sliced 1 Onion,
Diced 3 Potatoes,
Diced 2/3 Stalks of Celery,
Sliced 1 28 oz. Can Tomatoes
2 Bay Leaves
2 Cups Beef Broth
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
Salt and Pepper to taste

One of the great aspects of a Dutch oven is that you can combine just about anything to create a great outdoors meal. You can add any type of meat, vegetable and spice to create a wonderful dinner. Some helpful hints; -Brown whatever meat you are using by adding a little oil or grease to the oven when it is hot. Once browned, drain fat and return to heat. -Add whatever vegetables and spices you wish to the meat and cover with water. -Being that it will be simmering all day, the meal should take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours, all depending on the amount of heat, coals, wind, rain, etc.. Cooking with a Dutch oven is most definitely not an exact science, which is why I love it so much. You never know what to expect, and that is part of the enjoyment behind it. But after you come back to your campsite after a day outdoors and you smell that wonderful stew cooking, you will know another one of the great outdoor secrets!

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Hiking Tips

March 22nd, 2014 by ironcooker

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Hiking Tips To Help Make Your Outdoor Adventure Lots Of Fun

When you are camping, one of the most fun things you can do is go on a hike. It is great exercise; you can enjoy the outdoors, and you can see beautiful scenery. However, there are some dangers to hiking and you should be prepared for all events in order to remain safe and ensure you have a good time. Planning is essential so that you are not caught in a situation where you are not prepared. Use a backpack to store your items that you will take with you on a hike. Put heavier Hiking gearitems toward the bottom to help balance your center of gravity. If hiking with a group, distribute items equally amongst the group in case of an accident. If a backpack is lost and it was the only one that held the water or food, you might have a difficult time. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a spare set of clothing. If it is cold, wear layers and make sure to wear a hat for maximum warmth. Wear two pairs of socks and good hiking boots so you do not slip. Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen. Even if it is cold, the sun can give you a very uncomfortable burn. Also use insect repellant to protect you from pests and bites. Bring emergency supplies in case of an accident. This should include a first aid kit, rope, a utility knife, matches and a flashlight. Always have plenty of food and water. You need to keep hydrated and nourished during a hike. Beef jerky and trail mix are excellent energy boosting foods and will help get you through the day. Water is essential but you may also pack drinks like Gatorade that have electrolytes. Do not overdo it. Take frequent breaks and rest when you feel tired. Pushing yourself to exhaustion is unsafe. Use a walking stick to help keep you from getting tired and help you in climbing and keeping your balance. If you feel weak or light headed, sit down, take your backpack off, and eat and drink a little until you feel rested and ready to go on. Be aware of your surroundings. The picturesque scenery is a great time to take photos or sketch. These can be enjoyable past times but it is also a chance to run into wild animals, snakes and have an accident from not paying attention. Do not venture off trails into brush that may contain snakes or other Bootspoisonous creatures. You may want to carry bear repellant and a whistle in case you come across a wild animal. A whistle can also be useful if you fall or are trapped. Research the area where you will be hiking and plan what you will need to take accordingly. Do not be surprised by sudden climate changes. Take pictures and sightsee. Enjoy the outdoors and have a lot of fun, but be safe and prepared for anything. With a little planning, you should be able to make the most of your hiking experience

 

 

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The Minimum Outdoor Camping Gear You Need

March 21st, 2014 by ironcooker

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 Outdoor camping requires good cooking gear

by: Rudy Silva

Summer camp is coming soon. Outdoor camping requires good cooking gear. Camping gear like tents, bags and or foods are basic. You should also bring waterproof storm jackets. You should use the summer for more camping activities. Read this article to get more camping ideas.

If you are planning to have an outdoor adventure, you need to be prepared with your outdoor camping gear. It is not necessary to bring everything from your kitchen and bedroom to have a comfortable condition. All you need to have is the survival gear.

Depending on your adventure, you can have hiking gear and camping and hunting gear. For all outdoor adventures, you will need the essentials including footwear, clothing, backpacks, camping tents, campground cooking tools and accessories.

camping tentsMost outdoor foot wear is camping boots and trekking and hiking shoes. For serious hikers and campers, REI has high-end products for backpacking boots. You can also check out the hiking shoes of The Walking Company for good options, if you are an enthusiast of urban treks. Most shoes of The Walking Company ensure comfort.

Clothes are very important outdoor camping gear, because it can be cold at night when you are on highlands like mountain tops or hill tops. Be sure to bring with you a waterproof storm jacket. Check out Patagonia, Moosejaw and Backcountry.

Eastern mountain sports make quality backpack. Their products include daypacks, hydration packs and multi-day packs. Backpacks need to be durable because they hold and keep valuables. Camping tents provide shelter and protection for you when you are outdoors.

You will be shielded against the scorching heat of the sun, the pouring rain, and the rushing wind. Tents keep you guarded from pests like mosquitoes, noseeums and flies. They also protect your valuables like camp gear.

Outdoor camping gear would not be complete without your cooking tools. Whether you love cooking, preparing raw foods or opening canned goods, you will need to use fire. In most camp sites, a separate ground for cooking is prepared.cast iron skillets

Be sure to bring a bag of charcoal, spatula, propane stove, few pots, skillet and you will never be hungry. You can bring meat for steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. Among the camping accessories that you will need are the sleeping bags, compass and maps. You can also bring GPS.

Compass and maps are particularly important for people who visit a site for the first time or when there is no tour guide to provide directions. GPS devices are among the outdoor camping gear that is a product of technology innovation to make camping more convenient.

Sleeping bags and pads will not make you miss your bed at home. You will not have to sleep on hard ground as you can use cushions. You can choose inflatable pads or closed-cell pads. You will place your sleeping bag on top of the pads.

If you are new to camping or hiking, you should choose summer as the ideal season for you. If such is the case, you will not need an expensive sleeping bag for your outdoor camping gear. A lightweight rectangular sleeping bag will be comfortable for you.

If it is too warm, sleeping on top of it with a sheet or blanket is recommended. Of course, you need to bring pillow and blankets for a good night sleep. Hiking or camping is more enjoyable when you have complete outdoor camping gear.

 

 

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Cast Iron Cook Pot

Friday March 6th, 2015 in Iron Cooker Updates | No Comments »

Annual Reunion of the National Threshers Association – Wauseon, OH

Saturday July 5th, 2014 in Iron Cooker Updates | No Comments »

Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 in Hunting & Fishing Life | No Comments »

Campground Cooking

Sunday April 6th, 2014 in Campfire Cooking | 11 Comments »

Hiking Tips

Saturday March 22nd, 2014 in Outdoor Hiking | 6 Comments »

The Minimum Outdoor Camping Gear You Need

Friday March 21st, 2014 in Family Camping | 2 Comments »

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