Wooden-handled Vegetable BrushA vegetable brush is also an essential tool for cleaning your oven. Most of the time an oven can be cleaned by boiling water in the oven and then scrub it with the vegetable brush. Dump out the water using an oven mitt on the bail and the dirty leather glove on one of the legs of the oven and tip the oven to pour the water out.
Vegetable SprayAny time the oven becomes dry (usually after cleaning) and while it is hot, give it a shot of vegetable spray and wipe with a paper towel to keep its Teflon-like appearance. The vegetable spray will keep your oven well seasoned.
Serving UtensilsYou will be glad you remembered serving utensils when you are dutch oven cooking. Make sure to pack a large serving spoon, a metal spatula and a rubber spatula.
FirewoodMake sure to have plenty of firewood.
CoalsSome dutch oven chefs like to bring coals so they can be precise when counting each individual coal for specific recipes.
About the Chef:
Bob Sollima, "The Mad Chef of the Forrest" has been dutch oven baking for almost 40 years, 26 years of which he spent living in the backcountry. Sollima has camped extensively the past two summers and has cooked dutch oven goodies for various celebrities in the backcountry.
"You really have to camp for a spell to appreciate the wonders of the dutch oven. Anything you can bake in your conventional oven at home, you can bake in a dutch oven, and most of the time it tastes better in the dutch oven. Maybe it's the great outdoors or more likely, the sealed-in blended flavors one gets from the dutch oven by the campfire." ~ The Mad Chef of the Forest
Top Dutch Oven Recipes from the Mad Chef of the Forest: