Rohais Belrose. Dutch Oven. November 22nd , 2016.
Dutch ovens can be selected according to how and where you are going to use them. Basically, they are functional and convenient enough to be used both indoors in your kitchen and outdoors during camping. For outdoors, the Dutch oven should be made of bare and heavy cast iron with 3 legs at the base, a tight lid for supporting the charcoal, and a wire handle. Outdoor Dutch ovens distribute heat internally like typical household ovens.
When using a dutch oven cookware, your primary responsibility is to supervise what you cook. Not that other types of cooking do not require supervision, it`s just that dutch oven recipes go through such a slow cooking process. But what is so special about cooking in dutch ovens anyway? Those who love to use it love to eat stews, casseroles and most especially roasts. Actually, dutch ovens are best loved for making roasts the way they have been made over many years!
A "camp" Dutch oven is primarily designed for outdoor cooking using wood coals or charcoal briquettes. It`s got a lip around the perimeter of the lid that keeps the coals on the lid, and prevents ash from falling down into the food when you lift it. It`s also got legs on the bottom that lift the Dutch oven up above any coals you want to put underneath.
Dutch Oven cooking is done with coals. So first step is to set up an area for setting the Dutch Oven. You can use a fire pit, but I prefer using a metal oil drip pan on the ground. The nice metal ones are hard to find now, but check your auto parts store. Most auto parts store have oil drip pans, but they are plastic. However, I have seen a metal catch pan that is very shallow - almost like a large cookie sheet. Pet cage trays or garbage can lids will work also. It needs to be larger than your Dutch Oven and have some room to store extra coals. We want to use a pan to protect the ground and make clean up easy. Remember Leave No Trace!
If you are looking to have your own Dutch oven cookware, then read on to discover a few basic tips to getting started. Here you`ll find a brief overview about what to look for in a cast iron oven and also what to look for when purchasing your accessories. When shopping for your cast iron Dutch oven cookware there are a few basic points to keep in mind. If you are planning to use your oven on a bed of coals in the great outdoors, then there are a few construction specifics that you should look for. Many ovens that are available on the market today are made for stove top use and thus are flat on the bottom and have a domed or rounded lid.
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