Tips for Using Your Dutch Oven

red-oval-dutch-ovenMany people in America have an unused Dutch oven in their loft that they have either inherited or bought. Dutch ovens are often be found in garage sales which is an inexpensive way to pick one up.

One of the reasons that some people don’t like using a dutch oven, is that the meat looks uncooked and there is nothing more unattractive than a white lump of chicken or meat even if it is cooked.  So the best way to overcome this is to always brown  the meat before putting it into the Dutch oven – just as you would when cooking meat in  a Slow Cooker.

Another reason people tend not to use their Dutch oven is because it may need to be seasoned, especially if it is cast iron. This must be done prior to use. Seasoning provides a non-stick surface and prevents foods from reacting with the cast iron. If you have purchased an enameled cast iron Dutch oven then this will not be necessary.

Season your dutch oven in the same way you season your other cast iron cookware and the more you use it the better the non stick finish and rust preventative properties will be.

A dutch oven is a remarkable piece of kitchen cookware – don’t let yours waste away in the cupboard. There are so many delightful recipes you can cook in it.

How to Season Your Cast Iron Cookware

If you own cast iron cookware then you know that to cook successful meals you need to season your cookware correctly.

Without proper seasoning your food will not only stick to the surface but it will also react with the metal resulting in food that tastes and looks unappetizing. Your pans will also begin to rust, making them unattractive.

You can use your raw cast iron cookware in the kitchen and it is equally serviceable for use on the campfire when you go camping.

Raw cast iron cookware will give you many years of good service if properly cared and these pans are often passed down through the generations. So they are definitely value for money.

In fact I have a set of 3 saucepans that were handed down to me from my grandmother and they are in as good condition as when she owned them.  And because I take the simple steps below, they will be able to be handed on to my daughter.

Here are the steps to seasoning your cast iron cookware:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300F and place aluminum foil or similar in the bottom of your oven to protect it from oil spills.  If you have purchased your cast iron cookware as new then you will need to thoroughly wash it with warm water and soap using a scourer to remove any rust proof coatings.
  2. Dry the cookware thoroughly before proceeding to the next step. You can place it in the oven for a short period in order to do this.
  3. Coat the pan and the lid evenly with a heavy fat like lard or bacon grease. Many use Crisco for this purpose. The pan should be coated inside and out.
  4. Place the pan and the lid upside in your oven for about an hour. If you place them right side up then the oil will accumulate in the bottom of the pan.

For best results repeat steps 4 and 5.

Repeating this process once or twice will ensure an optimal non-stick surface to cook on.

Read more about caring for your cast iron cookware…

 

Read why cast iron is one of the best…. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/01/prweb619511.htm

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