Seasoning a new Dutch Oven

If you buy a Dutch Oven that is not pre-seasoned, you will need to season it on your own so that it will last a long time.They also cook better and clean more easier.First, you should wash the new Dutch Oven right out of the box with warm soapy water to remove the oil coating and wax preservatives.

This is the only time you will ever use soap on your Dutch Oven.Rinse and dry thoroughly, then coat all surfaces. inside and out, with a good quality vegetable oil using a old rag or shirt made of cotton.Then pour just enough vegetable oil in to coat the bottom of the Dutch Oven and put it in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, take the Dutch Oven out and wipe the oil inside the Dutch Oven around on all surfaces.Now turn the oven down to around 200 degrees and put the Dutch Oven back in for an hour or so.At the end of the hour, simply just turn the oven off and leave the Dutch Oven there overnight.The next morning,wipe out any remaining oil in the bottom of the Dutch Oven over the surfaces of the Dutch Oven and that’s it your done.

The baked in oil will turn the Dutch oven a dark brown color,almost black.As long as you don’t use metal cooking utensils,and don’t wash it with soap again, the Dutch Oven will last for years and should not rust.If your surface is ever ruined, you have to reseason it all over again.

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