Take a look at the Equipment and Recipes sections for more information about how and what to cook in a dutch oven. Check out these resources for more information too:
Netherlands perfected oven making
Easy to clean aluminum ovens
Dump cakes (desserts)
Ask a group of Boy Scouts their favorite food from a dutch oven. Their answer invariably leads to "dump cakes." Why? They are easy in that they don't require a lot of thought or ingredients, and they taste great!
Think about it. Combine apple pie filling with Sprite, pour yellow cake mix on top of that, butter on top of that, and bake. Boom! Dessert.
Its called a Dutch oven because in the 1700s the Dutch created a method of casting their iron pots using dry sand that was better than methods used elsewhere. Over hundreds of years of use, the basic pot has changed to suit the needs of cooks. For instance, Americans are credited with adding legs and a lip to the lid for cooking with coals. Why? Well, think about it: the legs provide stability over coals, the lip keeps them from falling off into the food when moving the cover.
There are many reasons. Here are a few:
Really, just about anything. Favorites among Boy Scouts and Scouters include:
Dutch oven cooking is a technique that uses, primarily, dutch ovens.
A dutch oven is a thick-walled cooking pot. Typical ovens are made of cast iron, clay, porcelain, or aluminum. Each has its advantages with some styles easier to find, purchase, or maintain.