21 January 2013

Lovin' The Dutch Oven

I love to cook and I make many a stew, soup, chowder or sauce.  My three girls know me so well that together the three of them gave me this wonderful Dutch Oven!

You know there are so many recipes that call for cooking with a dutch oven.  There is a reason for this.

Benefits of Dutch Oven Cooking

1. Cast iron evenly heats the bottom, sides and across the lid for superior heat distribution.
2.  Low to medium should be used rather than high because of the natural heat retention.
3.  Less energy is required to maintain a constant and consistent 
4.  Versatile-the dutch oven can be used on gas, electric and ceramic cook tops as well as in the oven for baking or broiling.

5.  The lid effectively holds in moisture which enhances the flavor of vegetables and meats
6.  Sizes range from 6 to 12 quarts.

Tips and Facts on Dutch Oven Cooking

1.  Because it is made out of cast iron it is a poor conductor of heat-meaning it takes it awhile to get hot.  But remember when it does-it's consistent.

2.  They are great for braising meat.

3. Bare cast iron dutch ovens are very popular for the camping crowd.  Everything from baked to chicken to a cobbler can be cooked in the dutch oven over slow burning coals.

4.  They have been used for hundreds of years from many different cultures.  The most basic of cookware originally designed with feet to sit above the hot ashes in a fireplace.

5.  Enameled prevents flavor leeching.

6.  Cool Enameled Dutch Oven completely before washing and please wash by hand.  This will keep the Dutch Oven from dulling and help on preventing chips.

7. Who makes Dutch Ovens?  LeCreuset, Staub, Lodge, Williams and Sonoma-the list goes on.

Do you have any Dutch Oven recipes to share??


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  1. I bought me one of these red beauties this past Christmas and I'm enjoying it! Thanks for the great tips!

    1. Cristina, aren't these such beautiful kitchen goodies!! When you cook something wonderful please share!!

  2. Excellent post. I might just find this on my Christmas list this year! Happy to be following you my friend. Diane

  3. I've been wanting one of these for awhile now. Unfortunately, I have to have a place to keep it (besides in the oven!) before I can get one :)

  4. I got one for Christmas and I don't know what to use it for. Thanks for the post - it's inspiring me to make something!!

  5. I've never used a Dutch Oven. Don't know anything about how they work. Glad you got one for Christmas, though. Susan

  6. I have been wanting a good dutch oven for some time! I love that you did a post about it! I'm a little envious!


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