What To Look For When Buying A Dutch Oven

cast-iron-dutch-ovenWhen you go shopping for a Dutch Oven do your research and  choose one that is obviously well made.

The oven handle should be heavy and securely attached to molded ears on the sides of the oven.  Avoid ovens with riveted-on ears as these can become weak over time and could be dangerous.  Many oven handles lie down flat on either side of the lid, but if you can, find one that lets the handle stand at a 45 degree angle.  This makes it easier and safer to pick up.

  • Make sure the lid has a lip or depression around its outer edge.  This helps to keep the hot coals on the lid.  It also prevents ash from falling into the food when you lift the lid.
  • Your Dutch oven must have legs if it is to be used over a campfire.  They must be long enough to lift the oven clear from the coals and allow air underneath, to keep the fire going.
  • If your oven is for home use on the stove top or in the oven, you need a flat bottomed one.

  • Read more about Dutch Ovens here…

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    Comments

    1. Larry Perkins says:

      I have and old Dutch Oven and would like to now what brand and how old it is. The only thing on it is some numbers.
      On the lid is 51
      839
      10 Inside of lid is smooth with two bumps where the handle comes through lid
      On the pot is 51 on the bottom,