How not to make a campfire Dutch oven dessert

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  1. I am mourning your loss of campfire deliciousness. The horror upon opening the lid… I can only imagine. Have you tried heating the pan with vinegar in it and then scrubbing/scraping? Sometimes heating up that sugar with vinegar will break it free. Just ask my Christmas toffee that spent the better part of six months hanging out on my pan.

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  2. Sorry for the disaster! Couple of things: what you are using is a bean pot, not a Dutch oven. Dutch ovens have little legs (to hold the oven above the coals) and a flat lid with a rim (so the coals stay in place and don’t fall off). Still useable, but needs a little finesse.
    For cleaning: try putting the pot in your home oven with temp set to 450 – 500 deg to try to burn the blueberries out – or build a nice, big, HOT wood fire and put the pot directly on the coals & burn the remains out.
    You will have to re-season the pot, however you get it clean. Wash with mild soapy water, rinse & dry thoroughly. Use good-quality vegetable oil and oil all surfaces – inside & out – with a cotton cloth. Add enough oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pot & place in medium-hot oven until the oil is hot (approx. 30 minutes at 350 deg). Remove the pot from the oven and carefully swab the oil all over the bottom & sides. Add more oil & heat in 200 deg oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off & leave pot in there overnight. In the morning, rub all surfaces with the remaining oil & wipe off excess. (From “World Champion Dutch Oven Cookbook”).
    Some people line their Dutch Ovens with aluminum foil while baking to prevent burning food to the oven. And I think some sporting goods stores sell foil Dutch-oven liners. May be worth a try!

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    1. If I’d have followed your advice, it wouldn’t have been such a disaster 😉 I should have used your cobbler recipe! Thanks for the cleaning tips – we are determined to have success next time, and I’ll be sure you tell you all about it.

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    1. Thanks, Elle. We did learn a lot from the experience, though at the time, all I could say was “I don’t want to talk about it” to each idea Brian had about what we could do better. Now, though. Now I am determined. We will succeed!

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  3. Sorry to hear it didn’t work out. I have no advice as I haven’t worked with a dutch oven over the fire either. I can only extend my grief at your hard work and hope at a yummy treat turned disaster. The only consolation is that it was a dessert and not a whole meal where everyone was left hungry.

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  4. Reminds me of the time when you were a little girl we went camping at St. Joseph Peninsula. Dad put ribs on the grill and we all walked out to the beach to look at the waves. When we returned we had a roaring blaze on top of the grill where the ribs were burning merrily. I don’t remember what we had for dinner that night! Sorry the crisp didn’t work out.

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