How Should I Care For My Dutch Oven?

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The first thing you need to do is to check if your Dutch Oven needs seasoning. If it does, heat the pot until it is hot but still touchable. Coat the inside and outside of both pot and lid with cooking oil and leave it to cool completely.

Some Dutch ovens are now manufactured in such a way that they don’t need seasoning.

How you need to clean your your Dutch Oven depends on what it is made from. If it is cast iron, then you firstly need to remove any stuck on food by boiling warm, clean water in the Dutch oven. Don’t use any soap as this will strip off the seasoning and may impart its scent to your next Dutch oven meal. Gently scrape off any food and rinse the pot in clean, warm water. Leave it to air dry and then re-season before storing.

• Don’t ever allow the pot to sit in water or let water stand it – it will rust!
• Don’t ever put an empty cast iron pot over a fire. It will crack or warp.
• Don’t ever put cold liquid into a cast iron Dutch oven that is very hot – it will crack immediately!

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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.

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.

Dutch Oven – Quick Facts

dutch-oven-cast-iron-with-legsNow just how many items of cookware can boast their own International Society? Well the Dutch oven can!

That’s just how much people love their Dutch ovens.

Quick facts:

– In 1804, Lewis and Clark began on the first ever overland exploration of the United States. They travelled to the pacific coast and back again. On their return in 1806, they named the Dutch oven as one of the most important pieces of equipment that they had taken with them.

– The Dutch oven is the official cookware of the states of Texas, Utah and Arkansas.

– The camp Dutch oven is included as official equipment of the Boy Scouts of America.

Dutch ovens have so many uses. You can cook almost anything in a Dutch Oven including cakes and pies. This is one of the most versatile pieces of cooking equipment you will ever own.

The Dutch Oven is great for campfire cooking when you are out camping.

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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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