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 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.