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RV Cooking: The Dutch Oven and RVing

RVers typically appreciate the opportunity to cook homemade meals in their convenient and handy recreational vehicle kitchens. It’s one of the most popular aspects of RV travel. It decreases the need for eating out and filling up on junk food. It also provides the opportunity to veer away from the traditional modes of cooking popular amongst campers everywhere: campfires, tiny portable grills or other camping cooking devices, Dutch ovens, etc. Most of the time, RVers will agree that they prefer cooking in the kitchen over cooking in the outdoors, but there are exceptions to every rule.

In this case, RVers should be encouraged to make frequent exceptions to the rules. Experts will agree, that RVers should absolutely take advantage of the RV kitchen’s ability to decrease the bills associated with eating out and to keep the family provided with healthy, natural snacks and meals throughout the road trip. This is a great advantage and it shouldn’t be ignored. But RVers who plan to make exceptions to the rules find that campfire cooking can be fun when it’s not happening every night of the vacation. For those ready to go traditional, get the Dutch oven ready and make sure to have the right ingredients on hand.

Favorite Dutch Oven Apple Pie

Supplies:

Dutch oven, Aluminum foil or aluminum pie tin

Ingredients:

1 can apple pie filling

1 box Jiffy muffin mix

¼ stick butter

1 spray can of whipped cream

Pour the filling into the pie tin or aluminum foil formed into the pie tin. Sprinkle the dry muffin mix over the entire surface. Slice the butter into thin squares and place strategically across top of surface. Put 4 or 5 similarly sized and shaped pebbles into the Dutch oven. Carefully place the pie tin or filled aluminum foil on top of the pebbles. (The pebbles keep the tin off the bottom of the Dutch oven and reduce the chances of burning). Place the lid on the Dutch oven and place in coals of campfire. Carefully scoop several hot coals on top of the lid as well. Be careful not to scoop ash up with the coals as they will inevitably find their way into the pie when it’s time to open the lid. Depending on the heat being created by the fire, cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve it by scooping it out with a large spoon for each individual and top each serving with the spray whipped cream.

This is just one of many Dutch oven recipes that RVers everywhere love. They love it because it tastes good. They also love it because it’s a unique experience that brings everyone together as a group to cook outside. They love the camaraderie and togetherness associated with campfire cooking. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t excited to be able to whip up pancakes on the stovetop inside the next morning after rolling out of one of a full sized bed to eat at the kitchen table. Dutch oven cooking now and then simply makes the luxuries offered by the RV feel that much more luxurious. RVers everywhere agree…the Dutch oven is a fabulous activity once it’s not a required activity.

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