Dutch ovens are a great addition to any survival pantry. Quite possibly the only cooking utensil you will need for SHTF, it is also fantastic for day-to-day use, from gourmet cooking to a simple camp food. Here are four great reasons to invest in one right away:
You can use a Dutch oven on a stove, in the oven, or over a camp fire. It can be used in your kitchen, on a camping trip or when SHTF. You can use it for everything from boiling water to baking bread to cooking a whole chicken. It is a great addition to the survival kitchen for this reason, and the next:
Back in the day, Dutch ovens were passed down from generation to generation. Cast-iron Dutch ovens essentially last forever. Like any kind of cast iron, if you clean and season it correctly, it can be the only piece of cooking equipment you will ever need. So if you’re looking to pass your stash on down to your kids, a Dutch oven is a great choice.
Nothing boils water faster than a Dutch oven. The design and thickness of this amazing all-purpose cooking pot retains heat incredibly effectively, creating, well, a mini-oven. This is why it is an excellent choice for stews and sauces, for example, because it can maintain heat very well for a long period of time. Common survival food types are dried and canned, so a Dutch oven is a perfect choice to heat these foods up quickly and efficiently. Which brings us to our next point:
Because of their heat-retaining nature, Dutch ovens also require less energy. Over a gas stove, a very low flame can keep the contents of the pot stewing for hours, and over a fire, sometimes all you need are a few coals to maintain heat for long periods of time. This makes it an excellent choice for any off-grid or survival situation.