Rohais Belrose. Dutch Oven. March 24th , 2017.
Larger and smaller ovens will come in handy in more specialized situations. For example, I use my 14" ovens to cook turkeys and larger specialty meats. My 8" Dutch oven I`ll use for sides of rice or sauces. There are two basic materials used to make Dutch ovens: Cast iron, and aluminum. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Even though all of my Dutch ovens are cast iron, I`ve seen chefs that swear by each one.
If you want to make some tasty meals for your family with Dutch oven cooking, perhaps while camping, there are some useful tips that can increase the chances that your family will enjoy the meal. Typically, Dutch ovens are made from cast iron or aluminum. The aluminum Dutch ovens have the advantage of being significantly lighter in weight. The aluminum version doesn`t need any curing and just like the cast iron types they have been designed for cooking on open fires and can be heated with coals.
Most department stores that offer a large variety of cookware usually have limited items to choose from, but they also have the trend of offering free demonstrations, classes, trade shows, and fairs that can visually assist you to better understand the type of Dutch oven you will be buying. Department stores also offer rummage sale, and if you are diligent enough to be an early bird, you will be picking a good discounted cookware ahead of others. The only setback in department store shopping is the inadequate supply of good brands that often leads to buying the only available cheaper brands.
Some off-brands will use different alloys or different sources for their cast iron stock. That can make for variations in the thickness of the pot, as well as the density of the metal. In either case, that can make for more uneven heating and hotspots. Unfortunately, you can`t really check for that in the store. It`s one reason why you might want to go with a more respected brand.
If you select a cast iron dutch oven for cooking meals the oven has to be properly cured. A Dutch oven that has been properly cured will not rust and will provide the inside of the pot with a surface that will keep your food items from sticking to the pot while Dutch oven cooking. After you have sufficiently cured the oven it`s a good idea to keep the cure and improve it by wiping the oven with a little oil, lard or shortening while the oven is dry and warm. Experts suggest that you never clean the Dutch oven with wire types of scrubbers or brushes since they can easily eliminate the curing that you have produced in the Dutch oven.
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