Discover Dutch Oven Cooking
Cooking with a Dutch oven has a lot of advantages. It is so versatile that you’ll
be able to do basically all of your cooking in one easy-to-use pot. It has high, thick walls that promote even
heating. This way, you get perfectly cooked food every time. You will be able to make delicious stews and soups,
perfect for a camping trip or outdoor night. You will also be able to bake delicious cakes and even fry crispy
fried chicken. There is nothing impossible with this unique invention.
There are two ways to use this kind of cast iron pot. Firstly, you can cook food directly at the bottom of
the pot. This is perfect for frying and other general cooking methods. Secondly, you can cook your soups and stews
(even roasts) inside the pot.
When using your Dutch oven, the key is controlling the temperature. Cast iron tends
to retain heat for long periods of time. This means that if you get your pot going too hot, you might not be
able to control it. While you have the option to cook on an open fire, it’s still best to use coal or
briquettes. This way, you can discard any extra pieces just in case the pot gets too hot. You’re likely to end
up burning your food if you let the temperature rise. An open flame is fine for soups and stews, but not for
fry-ups and others.
Dutch ovens have the tendency to get hot – too hot.
This is why you need a pair of gloves so you can transport it from place to place. You’ll need some
fire-handling gloves, but working gloves will do the trick as well. These are especially handy when you’re
working outside in the campfire. Leather is still the best material when it comes to gloves, preferably with a
lining of insulation on the inside. This protects your hands fully from the heat and flames. If you’re cooking
outside, you might also want to bring a shovel with you. This allows you to stir coals or briquettes. You’ll
also be able to handle the pieces easier, as some cooking methods require you to place them right on top of the
Dutch ovens are typically made out of cast iron. This
gives the ovens a lot of durability. If cared for properly, they can last for generations to come. If you
buy them brand new, they will come with a thin layer of protective coating. You’ll have to wash that off from
your own oven. It’s okay to use a piece of steel wool for this job, but for future cleaning, you should only use
hot water and a soft sponge. Once everything is removed, you will then have to wipe the inside with a thin layer
of grease or oil. It needs to be baked inside a very hot oven for about an hour as this is called seasoning your
pot. Let the Dutch oven cool completely, and you will be ready to cook in no