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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The Beauty of Calphalon Nonstick One Cookware

calphalon-one-nonstick-cookware-set We can’t get enough of the Calphalon One Nonstick cookware with its special nonstick cooking surface – the only one of its kind on the market today.

Calphalon One combines Calphalon’s exclusive infused anodized technology with a revolutionary nonstick cooking surface.

There are four interlocking nonstick layers which comprise the interior surface giving flawless release of sticky foods like sushi rice, cheese or caramel as well as delicate foods such as omelettes and seafood.

It is safe to use metal utensils on these pans.

The exterior of the pan’s heavy-gauge aluminum construction is infused with a special polymer that is stain resistant and makes clean-up easy..

The classically-shaped pan has a flared rim for neater pouring, and a long, double-riveted, cool-to-the-touch stainless handle which is perfectly balanced for lifting and carrying.

The glass lid is oven-safe to 450 degrees.

This 10-pc. set includes an 8 qt. Stockpot with Lid, 4.5 qt. Sauce Pan with Lid,  3 qt. Chef’s Pan with Lid, 10 in. Omelette Pan, 12 in. Omelette Pan and an 11in. Chef’s Skillet with Lid

Calphalon 10-pc. Nonstick One Nonstick Cookware Set

Turbo Oven Review – Convection Oven Review

Secura Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven, Deluxe Package W/extender Ring;tong;cook Racks 777MHEarlier this year I brought a turbo (convection) oven after one of the women at work told me how fantastic they are.

I have to agree with her and I was so impressed I brought all the kids one and they are all equally as impressed.

The oven sits on the bench top and I cook roasts and vegetables to perfection in it. There is also a wash cycle that makes the glass bowl and the stainless steel shelves easy to clean up in moments.

I have never liked my roasts cooked in the microwave, they just don’t seem to taste as they should, the meat looks pale and unappetising and pork crackling just doesn’t work in a microwave. Whereas the turbo oven cooks pork crackling just perfect and roast meat and veges to perfection.

I thoroughly recommend a turbo oven for convenience and great cooking results. I know I wouldn’t be without minet.

A turbo oven draws heat from the outside, heats it and swirls it around the food to cook it.

The oven is so easy to clean, simply add some water and detergent and turn the dial to clean and the timer 5 minutes. The turbo action swirls the water around and loosens all the grease, then when the oven cools to the stage where I can pick it up safely without burning myself, I pour out the water and simply rinse the bowl in fresh washing up water and wipe it over with a clean tea towel to dry.

I tend to leave the stainless steel racks in the oven when I am running it through the clean cycle as I find it makes them easy to clean as well.

I love mine so much that I brought one for  my daughters and my daughter in law for christmas. They love their turbo ovens as much as I love mine. In fact my D-I-L brought a second one as she has a large family, and she uses one for the meat and one for the veges.

This is one purchase you will never regret.

Where Can You Buy a Turbo Oven?

We found the best prices at!!

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Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Launch – Sept 07

cs-nonstick-small.JPGIntroducing Calphalon® CS Nonstick Cookware
Bring High Style into Real Kitchens—Yours!

TOLEDO, OH, July 27, 2007— This fall, Calphalon® will introduce a new line of nonstick cookware that’s 100% dishwasher safe. Ideal for cooks who love the lustrous, contemporary beauty of brushed stainless steel but consider no-fuss nonstick cooking and cleaning a must-have, Calphalon CS Nonstick offers both convenience and style, pairing exceptional nonstick performance with the striking good looks of Calphalon’s best-selling Calphalon Contemporary Stainless cookware.

Imagine yourself executing a flawless frittata. Picture your fettuccine alfredo sliding effortlessly from your sauce pan, leaving not a trace of cheesy sauce behind. Calphalon CS Nonstick is ideal for cooking and serving even sticky or delicate dishes like these with exquisite style. The cookware’s clean lines, curvy silhouettes and beautifully sculpted handles are a design enthusiast’s dream, while its dishwasher safe nonstick cooking surface is sure to satisfy even the most practical cooks.

Calphalon CS Nonstick features tri-ply construction for superb heat conductivity. Two layers of 18/10 stainless steel surround a heavy gauge aluminum core. Calphalon’s legendary nonstick coating guarantees exceptional release and durability. The pans are guaranteed to last a lifetime, even if you run them through the dishwasher every day. Long handles stay comfortably cool on the stovetop and the covers are made from a tempered glass, so you can peer right into the pots. Calphalon CS Nonstick is oven safe to 450 degrees.

Calphalon CS Nonstick will be available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s in September 2007. It will roll out to fine stores nationwide later in the fall.

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About Calphalon

Based in Toledo, Ohio, Calphalon (www.calphalon.com) is a leading manufacturer of professional quality cookware, cutlery, bakeware, and kitchen accessories for the home chef. Calphalon is a Newell Rubbermaid company.

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.