Rohais Belrose. Dutch Oven. March 30th , 2017.
Over generations, this cookware has made it`s mark in the kitchen and outside cooking. Mainly though, it is popular for long and slow cooking. Call it however you may, the casserole dish of Britain, tetsunabe of Japan, the Australian bush stew or cocotte by the French, the dutch oven is ideal for cooking the same meals that it was originally made for back in the 1600s.
You can also use these Dutch ovens at home. They are safe for stove use or even in the oven, as long as the temperature does not exceed 400 degrees Fahrenheit. After use of these ovens, you will find it easy keeping them clean because they are dishwasher-safe. However, it is still best to wash them by hand with the use of a wood or silicone utensil to scrape off any residue.
After the oven has dried, set it on a stove to ensure that it has dried completely. Apply a layer of shortening from the inside towards the outside right after. Put it inside a preheated oven to 350 degrees F and let it stay there for an hour, more or less. After this process, wipe to remove excess grease and insert a paper towel in between the lid and oven when storing. Keep in mind though that a newly cleaned dutch oven should not be immediately used for any food recipe that contains vinegar or tomatoes. But it is recommended using a newly cleaned dutch oven for deep frying bacon, chicken and other similar ingredients.
Once seasoned, you will not have to do it again, as long as you do not excessively scrub the oven. Warm water and soap will do just fine for cleaning. Never use a "Brillo" pad or harsh abrasives. All Right, back to the cooking. A Dutch oven is designed for cooking over or in an open fire. Being heavily made with very thick metal, it distributes the heat more evenly. So when it is in a campfire either covered with coals or on a hook over a direct fire, it cooks very evenly. It also works great with campfires as they tend to very in the amount of heat they give out due to flare-ups, burn downs, hot coals, etc..
The basic idea of cooking with a Dutch oven is slow, slow, slow! After your morning campfire for your breakfast and coffee and you are ready to hit the trails or stream, you bury your Dutch oven in the coals with a great meal inside that will be waiting for you when you get back! But we`ll get back to that shortly!
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