Hearth cooking returns to Hagood Mill in March

Dutch oven class instructor Carol Bozarth shows students some of the finer points of hearth cooking during a recent class.

PICKENS — Local residents will be invited to make the most of their Dutch ovens by signing up for a class at Hagood Mill.

The class, featuring instructor Carol Bozarth, is set for Saturday, March 5, from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.[cointent_lockedcontent]

A Dutch oven class will teach hearth cooking at Hagood Mill in March.

A Dutch oven class will teach hearth cooking at Hagood Mill in March.

You can bake and cook much more than dump cake and stew in your camp Dutch oven. Create campfire meals of herb roasted chicken, dry rubbed pork tenderloin, lasagna, apple pie and more. Use your Dutch oven to the maximum by your fireplace, fire pit or campfire. Students will learn how to properly use a Dutch oven, how to make a Dutch oven, proper techniques involved in stacked Dutch oven cooking and baking, as well as the basics of survival cooking and fire management skills. Students will also be advised how to purchase, season, clean and care for cast iron cooking implements.

Classes are small and designed to be “hands on.” Come ready to participate, eat and have fun. All students will be cooking, managing the fire and cleaning cast iron. The class will be held in the Murphree/Hollingsworth cabin at historic Hagood Mill. The cabin is heated by the fire. There is no running water or electricity.

Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing (cotton, wool or linen) and closed-toed shoes. Students need to bring their own dish, eating utensils and beverage mug. All other supplies will be provided.

No hearth cooking experience is necessary.

A minimum of four and a maximum of six students can enroll for the class. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll. Fees are $75 per student. Advanced registration is required at least one week before the start date of the class, unless approved by Hagood Mill staff and instructor. Students can register online at using a credit card or Paypal account or pay cash/check at Hagood Mill Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All fees will be refunded if minimum enrollment requirements are not met.

Hagood Mill is located three miles north of Pickens off of U.S. Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road in Pickens.

For more information, call (864) 898-2936