Lodge L12DCO3 Deep Camp Dutch Oven, 8-Quart
Clever Kitchen Gadgets and Outdoor Cooking Gear
The only thing I'm more addicted to than books is probably clever kitchen gadgets. I have more than I need and certainly more than I use regularly, so lately I've been looking for ways to make one gizmo do mutliple jobs.

Nevertheless, I like to know that if a major event happened that cut off our electricity or made it impossible to cook in the normal way, I would still be be able to fix just about anything, thanks to a combination of clever tools, many of which do not require anything other than a little muscle and some common sense know-how.

For starters, what would camp or survival cooking be without the dependable, age old, cast iron pot. Try this 8 quart pot for cooking over an open fire.
We're talking about duck eggs, of course. There is a story behind our eggs. Years ago my husband cleared a few trees and brush to make the water in a swamp a little deeper and more visible to the occasional wild duck that flew over. He installed wood duck boxes, hoping to have the colorful birds find a home where we could watch them.

Alas, the wild ones never seemed to find a permanent interest. One thing led to another, and one day I got the idea of getting a few domestic ducks. My idea was to use them in my garden where I try to grow everything as organically as I can. Ducks are great foragers, so I was hoping to use them to eat all sorts of unwanted bugs around my vegetable plants. Well, George had a different idea. He offered to "support" me in my duck venture, but he wanted to see ducks on the pond.

So I bought 24 ducklings, of which 21 survived. Three of those turned out to be unusually saucy drakes, interested more in fighting than anything else, so I found them another home. That left me with 12 hens and six drakes, and for the most part they get along pretty well.

When we learned about ducks, we also learned about duck eggs. They are a bit larger than a chicken egg, depending on the breed of duck. And they are delicious--coming from ducks that roam the pond and woods all day long, then come obediently to their coop at night for fresh food and water and a safe place to spend the night. In the morning they deposit fresh eggs in their nest boxes--well, mostly. Sometimes they miss and drop their eggs in the hay on the floor.

We have started selling our duck eggs to area friends and family. Those who are familiar with ducks eggs are delighted to get them. They taste more like an egg should taste. By comparison, the store bought chicken eggs are bland and flat. Duck eggs also make baked goods rise higher than chicken eggs and they have greater quantities of the nutrients found in eggs. They truly are incredibly edible.

The Incredible, edible egg
Cooking indoors and out