Colonial Cooking in Cast Iron Cookware

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 08:12 PM

I watched an episode of one of Paula Deen’s programs the other day. It dealt with campfire cooking, but most of the cooking was done on, or in, an indoor hearth.

A gentleman was brought in from Colonial Williamsburg. For those of you not familiar with Colonial Williamsburg, VA, it is a restored village that stretches over 301 acres, and includes 88 original 18th-century structures. Hundreds of houses, shops and public outbuildings are reconstructed on their original foundations. Many people re-enact daily life from 18th century colonial America for visitors to witness. From blacksmiths to seamstresses, silversmiths and wig makers. They also cook, just like it was originally done back then. Open fires and cast iron cookware. Dutch ovens and cast iron skillets were placed over open fires, on heated bricks, or right in the coals for all cooking.

The gentleman on Paula’s show demonstrated a few traditional recipes from the time era. They stewed a bean dish in a Dutch oven hung over the coals. They made a beef and ale dish in a cast iron skillet. They also made an apple crisp for dessert also cooked in a cast iron skillet.

There are lots techniques that can be learned for Dutch oven campfire cooking. Civil War re-enactments, restored villages like Williamsburg, or Old Sturbridge Village are great places to see how colonial cooking was done. A great place to learn some of these techniques for yourself would be the International Dutch Oven Society. They have a newsletter with tips and a web site. They also have information about happenings, like schooling on Dutch oven cooking. Cast iron cookware, when properly cared for, will last for generations. That is a sound investment, in these tough times.

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4 Responses to “Colonial Cooking in Cast Iron Cookware”

  1. Hey, I think this is very good. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  2. wigelnyatt says:

    Thanks and you should try cast iron cookware

  3. Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last several posts have been kinda boring… I miss your great writings. Past few posts are just a little out of track! come on!

  4. wigelnyatt says:

    I am sorry that things have been slack of late. Some time has now been freed up, so hopefully the posts will get back on track. Anything in general you would like to know, give us a yell. Thank you for the critique. It was well received.

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