Alternate Ways to Cook (in all sorts of weather)

  • January 9, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Will DeCuzzi and I are joint teaching a class on cooking outdoors.

Dutch Oven Cooking

**How to choose a dutch oven

**How to properly care for a dutch oven, including: seasoning, cleaning and storing

** Additional tools needed to make cooking easier and safer

**Heat settings and cooking with charcoal

** Cooking demonstration on a volcano stove

** Bring a camp chair—we’ll be outside

Leave No Trace Fire Skills and Cooking

** How to make and use a Swiss Fire Log

** Gasification Stove --HUH?  What's that?  You'll learn

** Self-Feeding Fires 

Learn how to make and use them


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  • Wendi B.

    The class turned out great! It was only 27 degrees outside but we had about 25 show up. Not bad for a cold, dark winter day. I think the dutch oven food turned out quite yummy.

    Will did an excellent job of course. He was the hero because he got us out of the cold and back in the building with his powerpoint presentation. Thank you all for coming!

    1 · January 9, 2014

    • Wendi B.

      I cooked the beef first and then literally dumped in all the other ingredients. In the dutch oven it simmers for about 45mins until the noodles are soft. On the stove at home, same applies but it cooks a big faster 30mins or so. Hope that helps.

      January 17, 2014

    • Wendi B.

      Also, you can add twice or three times as much of each ingredient as you'd like. The above recipe fed about 20 people a modest size bowl. I've made it with 4 lbs of ground beef and three cans each of the beans and corn. The liquid stayed the same. I didn't add any extra pasta because.

      January 17, 2014

  • Rosemarie

    The class was really good - the dutch oven cooking and the fire basics. I learned a lot, as usual. The food was very good and the goulash, hot chocolate and pineapple upside down cake warmed us all up nicely when we were outside! Thanks to our teachers and their helpers.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • GLENN

    will and wendi both did an awesome job sharing their skills with us, the goulash and cake that wendi prepared were excellent, i'll be back for more next month

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Patrycja H.

    These are amazing folks, who are so willing to share their knowledge. They spent a lot of time preparing for the meetup tonight, getting all their gear and props ready and demonstrated in the bitter cold for over an hour so that they can teach us something.
    Will always has lots of info and background to share to make sure that everyone properly understands the subject. Wendi had an entire meal cooked for everyone with her Dutch oven - it tasted wonderful!

    2 · January 10, 2014

  • RoseSias

    Will and Wendi did an amazing job demonstrating how to build a fire using a Swedish log and cooking with a Dutch oven. The foods they prepared tasted better with the outside cooking.

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Will

    Proud of all the hardy folks who braved the elements for an excellent evening. Congrats Wendi for a great evening.

    January 10, 2014

  • Brian

    Sorry all, I can't make it tonight. I'm getting the cold bug the rest of the family has and feel terrible! Enjoy all and stay warm!

    January 9, 2014

    • Wendi B.

      We definitely missed you. Hope you're feeling better.

      January 9, 2014

  • GLENN

    THIS WILL BE MY FIRST MEET-UP MEETING...
    DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING OTHER THAN A PLACE TO SIT?? WHAT IS THE FEE FOR THIS MEETING?

    January 8, 2014

    • Will

      Warm gear ... including hands face etc

      1 · January 8, 2014

    • Wendi B.

      I agree with Will. It'll be cold. No fee. We do this for the love of preparedness. :) See you tomorrow.

      January 8, 2014

  • cire728

    How long is the class ? I am very interested but have to work later that night

    December 31, 2013

    • Wendi B.

      Hi Cire728--It should go for about 1 1/2 hours at the most. Unless you want to stay later and chat.

      January 3, 2014

  • Wendi B.

    This is not a class for wusses. :) It'll be cold. Who knows what the weather will be. But, more than likely if the power is out you won't always have perfect weather in which to cook. Let's learn it now.

    1 · November 25, 2013

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