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.

Read more about Dutch ovens

Cookie Madness – Our Cooking Blog of the Week

Cookie Madness - Blog of the WeekI just found a great cooking blog that talks about nothing other than cookies and other sweet treats. Cookie Madness is authored by a talented lady by the name of Anna and includes a growing collection of recipes for cookies, cheesecakes, muffins, brownies, pastries and tarts.

Also check out the Tip Sheet that Anna has put together which includes essential equipment and ingredients you will need to make your baking endeavors a success.

This is our recommended blog of the week so head over to CookieMadness.net for a peak.

Our First Cookware Review – Calphalon Contemporary Skillet Set

calphalon-nonstick-skillet-set.jpgWe have decided to start adding reviews of cookware to our site. Our first product review is for the Calphalon 2pc Contemporary Skillet Set. This is a very popular set and at the moment is on sale for the hot price of $49.99. That is $50 off the normal price!!!

Read our review of the Calphalon 2pc Skillet Set

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Just take me to where I can buy a set….

Stainless Steel Cookware – Aluminum or Copper Base?

stainless-steel-cookware.JPGHave you ever thought about your stainless steel cookware? If you are like most people, probably not.

Not many people realize that stainless steel is not a particularly good conductor of heat. What this means is that hot spots can occur so if you are cooking a steak for instance you may find that part of the steak is cooked while other parts are undercooked. In other words your foods are cooked unevenly.

To overcome this problem, stainless steel pots and pans are often lined with aluminum or copper as both of these metals are quite good at conducting heat. However, because both of these metals are relatively soft and can react with certain foods, they are usually sandwiched between layers of stainless steel.

Although both copper and aluminum are good conductors of heat, copper is better because it reacts quickly to changes in temperature. This is why you often see professional chefs using copper cookware. It gives them greater control over their cooking.

The disadvantage of copper however is that it is more expensive than aluminum.

So if you are on the lookout for new stainless steel cookware then ensure that the base contains either aluminum or copper.