Once mainly the realm of campers wanting to prepare delicious desserts in the woods, cast iron Dutch ovens have become mainstream. Dutch ovens are larger, much deeper pots that are excellent for everything from cooking a whole chicken to simmering a pot of beans to cooking a delicious peach cobbler to top off your meal. A good Dutch oven will have a tight-fitting lid and handles that are easy to grasp. Many modern cooks use them for stewing and braising. That said, they’re still great for camping! Note that cast iron griddles, skillets, Dutch ovens and other cookware should be seasoned before use if you don’t purchase a pre-seasoned model. To season cast iron cookware, apply a thin layer of neutral, high-smoke-point oil like vegetable or canola across the surface and bake at 400 degrees for one hour. Using your skillet regularly will help keep it seasoned.