Campout Skillet!


I love my iron skillets! They are so simple and versatile and that really appeals to me. They are able to handle anything from gravy and goulash to frying to making pancakes!

They are the only pans I have that can be used on a kitchen stove-top, on a woodstove, or even on top of a campfire. If you are looking to buy a skillet, don't limit yourself to trying to find a vintage model. Older skillets are broken in and usually well seasoned, but it is easy to “break-in” a new skillet. Sometimes, unique-purpose skillets can be found in camping sections or in sporting goods stores, and though they are sold for camping, they can be used just as well on your stove-top, as long as they are an appropriate size.

My uber-sized skillet (13-inch) is awesome, but can really only be used on my woodstove or over a campfire. A good multi-purpose 10-inch skillet is perfect to start with. Many articles online can be found for seasoning a new skillet and while working on breaking it in, try frying some bacon or sausage in it.


Campfire Cooking

One of the most delightful things about camping is the cook-out!  Last time we went camping with some friends we put together a skillet meal that we all really enjoyed:

Place the cast iron skillet on a grate over some hot coals of the campfire.  Add a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil and let heat.  For this meal, medium heat works best.  If the skillet is getting too hot, simply remove some of the coals from underneath the grate with a fire poker.

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