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Dutch Oven Cooking

March 23, 2009

The dutch oven is a versatile piece of cooking equipment that dates back to the early frontier days.This handy cooking device looks like a big deep frying pan with a lid.The good dutch ovens are made of cast iron and are very heavy.It’s great for cooking on an outdoor camping trip or in the backyard.I think there is nothing quite like a dutch oven dinner when camping and having fun with others.The food smells great and it’s easy to prepare and really good when it’s done.


Dutch oven outdoor cooking provides the opportunity to cook a wide variety of foods.Dutch ovens are extremely versatile, and can be used for just about every cooking need.Dutch ovens can be used to boil, steam, fry, and bake, among other things.They can be used to cook meats, soups, breads, and deserts.

You can cook anything in a dutch oven that you can cook at home in the oven or on the stove top.You really don’t need special recipes for a dutch oven but their are many good ones.You need to learn some basic procedures and how to control the heat.If done properly, you can place the food in a dutch oven and go fishing while your meal cooks.

Dutch oven outdoor cooking requires hot coals.These can come from a wood or charcoal fire.Charcoal is a bit more easier to use, since they burn and heat more evenly.I like the smoke from a real campfire like oak, or hickory.To me it adds more flavoring to the cooking.There is nothing like food cooked over a real smoking campfire.

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Seasoning a new Dutch Oven

March 18, 2009

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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