Destanee Fournier. Dutch Oven. April 28th , 2017.
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.
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the Australian bush stew or cocotte by the French, the dutch oven is ideal for cooking the same meals that it was originally made for back in the 1600s.
On the other hand are Kitchen Dutch ovens that are also called "bean pot ovens". Made of heavy cast iron with smooth bottoms and no legs, they are rimless with high domes and 2 handles. Dutch ovens are commonly made of aluminum or cast iron. The latter is heavier (20 pounds) and you need to protect it from moisture as it is susceptible to rusting. Cast iron ovens won`t easily burn your food and they retain heat, which makes them ideal for use in cold places. Meanwhile, aluminum Dutch ovens are lighter at 7 pounds and they are easier to maintain and clean. They won`t rust but extremely high temperatures can cause them to melt. However, they cool and heat up faster so they are ideal for cooking food that needs to be cooled down immediately.
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.
Dutch oven lid lifter - This is one of those tools that you just about can`t do without! While different styles may be available for sale, the basic idea is a heavy-duty metal hook that you can use to lift the hot lid of your oven. Also can be used to pick the oven up and move it using the wire handle. A very handy accessory!
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