Dutch Oven Cooking With Emergency Food Storage

by Linda Dixon
(Clovis, California)

Dutch Oven Rolls & Pineapple Upside-down Cake - From Camping Trip

Dutch Oven Rolls & Pineapple Upside-down Cake - From Camping Trip

I would like to share our story about how we started dutch oven cooking with emergency food storage recipes, using strictly food storage items.

My husband Archie decided we needed to write a book about cooking food storage in Dutch ovens. We had cooked many different foods in Dutch ovens: biscuits and gravy, upside-down cakes, cobblers, chicken with rice, beef stew, rolls, and even Chicken Cordon Bleu.

But we didn’t have any recipes using just dried and canned food, since that is what we had stored. In an emergency there would be no fresh meats, no fresh vegetables or fruit, no fresh milk products, no frozen microwave meals if the power was out and we could not get food from the store.

We were pretty good at Dutch oven cooking, but I had never used just food storage items to cook with, and had never even thought of cooking food storage in Dutch ovens.

That is when I got to work. I looked at recipe books from the 1930’s and 40’s that our mothers had used when growing up. I got a lot of great ideas from those. But I wanted to have recipes that we were used to. So I got out some of my favorite recipes and modified them to use only food storage items.

I really like apple cake and banana bread. I made those recipes out of dried fruit with no eggs.

Banana Bread from Food Storage

Banana Bread - Food Storage Recipe

12” or larger Dutch oven; 1 loaf
24 briquettes: 8 on bottom, 16 on top; cook 1 hour

1 cup sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 cup dried bananas, broken into very small pieces, soaked until tender, and drained
½ cup oil
¼ cup reconstituted powdered milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Lightly grease 8x4 bread pan. Mix dry ingredients (first 5) together. Cream together remaining ingredients, then add wet ingredients to dry. Mix well. Pour batter into pan. Bake on foil ring for 1 hour. Check for doneness. Cook until done (bread has pulled slightly away from sides). Do not add more briquettes.

Replace whole wheat flour with white flour

Replace oil with butter or butter flavored shortening
Replace ½ of sugar with brown sugar
Add walnuts

Note: You might say, “Banana Bread out of dried bananas?” Yes, this works really well. It is better the next day too, since the banana flavor has had time to permeate the whole loaf. Enjoy this one!

I really like pie, so I made whole wheat pie with dried apricots and raisins; also dried apple pie.

Picture of Apple Pie

I like Au Gratin potatoes and came up with the following recipe:

Au Gratin Potatoes - Food Storage Recipe

12” Dutch oven with 9” glass, 2 qt. casserole dish. You can also use 10” oven without dish.
24 briquettes: 8 bottom, 16 top; serves 8

5 cups dried potato slices
½ tsp.salt
1 – 2 Tbsp. dried onion
2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
¾ cup powdered milk in 4 cups water
Salt and pepper
½ cup cheese powder
1 cup crumbled bread crumbs

Soak potatoes and salt for 1 hour. Drain (save water for mixing with milk). Grease casserole or line Dutch oven in foil and layer ½ of potatoes in bottom. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and ½ of onion and ½ of cheese powder. Layer remaining potatoes, then salt and pepper, onion, and remaining cheese powder. Mix reconstituted milk and whisk in flour. Pour over potatoes. Bake in oven, checking every 15 minutes. On the 3rd checking, sprinkle bread crumbs over potatoes. Cover and bake 15 more minutes. Be sure bottom does not burn. It would be best to make a foil ring to set casserole dish on. Cook 1 hour, checking every 15 minutes.

Use white flour in place of whole wheat. Replace powdered milk with evaporated milk and water.

Use 1 cup grated freeze dried cheddar cheese to replace cheese powder

Note: When I first made these I wasn’t sure how good they would be, but after making my first batch, I am sold. You will need to increase the amount of dried potatoes you have in your storage, along with the cheese powder (store this in freezer for a longer shelf life).

Au Gratin Potatoes

I found a recipe for cracked wheat “meat” loaf that is really good and modified it:

Wheat Loaf - Food Storage Recipe

12” – 14” Dutch oven; serves 6 to 8
26 briquettes: 10 on bottom, 16 on top; cook 1 hour

1 cup uncooked cracked wheat
Dissolve 3 beef bouillon cubes in 2 cups water
¾ cup reconstituted powdered milk
¾ cup quick oats (old fashioned is OK)
1 Tbsp. oil
½ tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. dried onion
¼ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper

Soak cracked wheat and dried onion in bowl with bouillon water for 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. (The mixture will be very wet). Put in greased loaf or round cake pan. Place in Dutch oven on foil ring and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Add 2 Tbsp. dried green bell pepper
Add ½ tsp. rubbed sage or Italian seasoning

Replace dried onion with 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
Serve with ketchup

Note: If the family likes meat loaf then this will be a good replacement for the “real” thing. You might want to make some beef flavored gravy by dissolving 2 beef bouillon cubes or 1 Tbsp. beef soup base (this is better than cubes) in ¾ cup boiling water. Then mix 1 Tbsp. corn starch or 2 Tbsp. flour in ¼ cup water. Mix until all lumps are gone, then whisk into hot bouillon water. Heat and mix until thick and bubbly.

In making these recipes and many others, I discovered that you need to have lots of oil stored along with plenty of water. I had made rice pudding, but it just wasn’t very good, so the next time I added oil to the recipe it was to DIE for! You also need to have a little oil for maintaining your Dutch ovens.

Besides storing plenty of oil, you need lots of seasonings: spices, dried onions, bouillon cubes, vinegar, etc. These and other condiments can be added to your storage to make your cooking more flavorful.

Have fun learning how to cook just your food storage in a Dutch oven, so you will Be Prepared for any emergency. I’m really glad that I am.

Linda Dixon, Clovis, California

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Good Information
by: Anonymous

Hey Linda, its great information. But one thing that I am not clear here is that since you are using food storage items, will they have longer life as compared to the other foods that we cook in a regular way? Thanks in advance.gymnastic mats for schools

Good to read
by: Marie G. Hendricks

The way you express yourself is awesome.Hey, your blog is great.

nice posts

Book author
by: Linda Dixon

Hi. The prepared food will spoil just like any other food that is cooked. The separate ingredients will keep for years. Sorry for any misunderstanding.

by: Anonymous

Okay. I have thought of preparing this dish. I wanted to know if this can really be stored without the food getting spoiled. Well that is what you have written. I want to know if it is true. help with outlook

Wonderful MultiPurpose Uses!
by: WesMidwest

Thanks for this great article! I use a dutch oven frequent, both on stovetop and in oven. I love multi-purpose cookware and my dutch tops the list.

It's critical to have multipurpose items in emergency situations, especially if you're on the move.

Your contribution is a real blessing. Having tasty and well-cooked food can keep morale higher and stress lower. Thank you so much...

Wes T.

I like it!
by: RamboMoe

Cool article! I will link to it from my site.

More emergency food storage recipes
by: Linda

So glad many of you appreciate the recipes. If you are interested in our book of over 60 recipes go to justdutchit.com. Linda Dixon

OK, need pictures for this cooking challenged person
by: Anonymous

Yes, I will remain anonymous as learning how to cook wasn't high on the bucket list. Having said that, Ms. Dixon, when I read your recipes they look really good.

When you say 8 briquetts on bottom & 16 on top, I hope you are talking about BBQ briquetts. Or in my terms, fire coals under & on top of cast iron dutch oven to spread cooking heat evenly.

I've been stocking up at the bulk food store, all dry or dehydrated basics & now am pulling out gramma's 1900 cook book. I'm also getting back into canning, but have lots of questions on that too. Sure wish gramma was here.

Thanks for the recipe

Dehydrated Eggs
by: Anonymous

Add dehydrated eggs to your emergency food storage.

Great Tried and True Recipes!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much Ms. Dixon. Since I am new to this way of living, I find information such as the recipes you posted so helpful.


I Can't Wait To Try These!
by: Cheryl - Webmaster

Some of these recipes look better than recipes I have cooked with "conventional ingredients". The pictures look delicious also. Can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing these with us, Linda.

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