A few weeks back, Sister Sue and I were reminiscing about the old family camp oven – wishing we still had it. We recalled chocolate pudding cake and corn bread baked on camping trips. Being on the thrifty order, we couldn’t bring ourselves to spring for a new oven.
Guess what I found on a junk pile at a barnyard “garage sale”? A rusty camp oven! It was so rusty I feared it might turn to powder when cleaned. Still, for $2.50 I took a chance.
All it took was a bit of tapping with a rubber mallet to get the dents out, removing loose rust with a wire brush, some sheet tin left over from a roofing project, and a can of heat resistant spray paint. It’s as good as new.
I couldn’t wait for a camping trip to try it out so decided to set it on the gas grill. I made a gluten-free version of chocolate pudding cake using sorghum flour. The thermostat held steady at 350 degrees, and the pudding cake baked perfectly.