Destanee Fournier. Dutch Oven. April 25th , 2017.
If this is your first oven, and you`re just interested in experimenting a little, I`d recommend a 12" shallow oven. This will have the capacity to feed a family of four with some leftovers, and can easily cook for a gathering of as many as 8, depending on what you`re cooking. Breads, stews, chilis, desserts, and even small roasts can easily be done in a 12" dutch oven.
Dutch ovens need heat from above and below for baking. The formula for the number of briquettes is the diameter of your oven plus 3 on top bottom minus 3 on bottom. So, for a 14 inch oven put 17 briquettes on top, 11 on the bottom. This will provide 325 degrees of heat. Since one briquette provides 10 to 15 degrees of heat, so add one on top and one on bottom for 350 degrees. Rotate your oven a quarter turn every 15 minutes and the lid a quarter turn the other direction at the same time. This prevents hot spots in the oven. Gloves and a lid hook are good tools for spinning. A small shovel will help move the coals.
Dutch ovens have a lid and it`s meant to be there not only to prevent the steam from escaping. The trick is to keep the temperature from top to bottom regulated and the best way to achieve this is to stack dutch ovens of the same size. Modern dutch ovens are usually made of aluminum or ceramics so you had better keep your hands covered at all times when cooking.
In order to avoid your food from becoming dry, or burned on the bottom or not cooked enough on the top make sure to purchase the right sized coals and space them properly in order to achieve the appropriate temperature inside the Dutch oven. You will want to use coals that are about the size of typical charcoal briquettes. Soon enough you will agree that Dutch oven cooking can provide you and your family with some excellent meals.
So, what is a Dutch Oven? A Dutch Oven is a round pot used for cooking. The pot holds in heat in to cook the food, much like a oven. Generally, there are two types, kitchen and camp. The kitchen model is made for placing in your oven at home and cooking. The metal is thinner and the bottom is flat. The camp version is heaver, thicker walled and has legs. These legs are used to lift the oven off the ground so you may place charcoal under it.
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