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.

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    What is a Dutch Oven?

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    The Dutch oven is used when you want to have oven cooking conditions on your stovetop or over a campfire – or you can use it in your oven.

    The name ‘Dutch oven’ is used for various cast pots or kettles.

    The most usual one is the traditional, outdoor cast iron pot or kettle, with a flat bottom and three legs to hold the oven out of the campfire coals.  The lid is flanged and flat for holding hot coals, so that food is cooked from above and below.

    It has a steel handle which is attached to ‘ears’ on either side of the oven, to make it easy to carry.

    Stove top or ‘for use in the oven’ Dutch ovens can be cast iron or aluminum.  They have no legs, flat bottoms and usually have rounded lids.