Destanee Fournier. Dutch Oven. March 22nd , 2017.
Dutch ovens come in different styles, metals, sizes, qualities and brands. Before deciding to buy, make a good listing in mind of what to look for when getting a new oven cooker. Buying without planning makes it easy to buy the wrong one, and using a cooker that you don`t enjoy can influence your cooking. It is only essential to understand the features and costs of different Dutch ovens.
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.
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.
A "stove" Dutch oven is designed primarily for use indoors, in a conventional oven or on your stovetop. It won`t have the legs, because you`re setting it in your oven or resting directly on your stove`s burner. It doesn`t have the lip around the lid because there`s no coals to be put on top. Some of these will even be coated in colored enamels.It IS possible to use a camp dutch oven indoors, but it`s not as convenient. It`s possible to use a stove dutch oven outdoors, but it`s tricky.
I should add a note or two about seasoning and how that impacts your purchase as well. The seasoning is the black coating of burned-on oils that gives the dutch oven its characteristic blackness. It keeps the dutch oven from rusting, it helps transfer the heat to the food, and it also builds up, over time, to be an amazing non-stick surface, as good as Teflon!
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