Why are Dutch ovens called ‘Dutch’?

why-are-dutch-ovens-called-dutch1No-one is quite sure but there are various theories.

  • In 1704, an Englishman called Abraham Darby, travelled to Holland to see a Dutch casting process. On his return home, Darby refined the method and began casting pots. He shipped them to the new colonies in America and all over the world. The name may have originated from the Dutch casting process.
  • Early Dutch traders and salesmen peddled cast iron pots hence the name.
  • Dutch settlers in the region of Pennsylvania used cast iron pots or kettles.

Product of the Week – All-Clad 14pc Stainless Cookware Set

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Our product of the week is the All Clad 14pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set. If you are looking for quality cookware then All-Clad is the one.

This set includes:

- 2 frypans
– 2 sauce pans
– 2 saute pans
– a chefs pan
– stockpot

Check out our review of the All-Clad 14pc Stainless Cookware Set.

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Applemint – Blog of the Week

applemint.JPGWhilst doing a little web surfing yesterday, I came across a wonderful food blog that I knew would have to be our Blog of the Week. What caught my eye with this blog was the wonderful recipes and accompanying photos which are just superb.

Applemint is owned by Kate who has no formal training but obviously has a love and a passion for cooking.

Check out her recipe for Nectarine and Honey Yoghurt Lollies. These really caught my eye and I will be keeping this one for when the weather warms up here.

This is our recommended blog of the week so take some time to head over to Applemint.

What can I cook in a Dutch oven?

yellow-dutch-ovenPretty much anything! That is one of the reasons that they are so popular. A few ideas are pizza, bread, sauces, soups, stews, ribs, cakes, cobblers, poultry, meat, pies and cookies.

You’re probably thinking ‘How could I cook a cake in a stew pot?’ but with a Dutch oven, you can!

There are two methods of cooking. One is when food is placed directly into the pot. Cakes can be cooked in this way but the second method makes it easier to get them out! This is when a trivet is placed in the bottom and the food to be cooked is in a dish or pan which is placed on the trivet – cakes, biscuits, bread, pizza etc.

What Should I Look For When Buying A Rice Cooker?

sanyo-rice-cookerThe capacity of rice cookers is measured in cups. The smallest model cooks 3 cups of uncooked rice and the largest can go up to 10 or more.

Don’t be tempted to buy a cooker that is larger than your needs as each cooker is set to operate on a certain number of cups of rice and the relevant amount of water.

As a general guide, the sizes are as follows:

• Small Rice Cooker – 3 to 4 cups
• Medium Rice Cooker – 5 to 6 cups
• Large Rice Cooker – 7 to 10 cups
• Biggest Rice Cooker – 14 cups and over

If you’re buying a Japanese rice cooker you need to know that the manufacturer will be quoting cup sizes in Japanese cups. The Japanese cup is 200ml while an American cup is 240ml. To make life easier when you’re using your new rice cooker, use the measuring cup that will come with it.

Read more about rice cookers