Cooking with a Dutch Oven

Learn how to cook with a Dutch oven in many different places including the stove, a campfire, and even your den fireplace.


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If you saw a TV commercial that advertised one cooking pot that would bake bread, steam vegetables, boil shrimp, fry eggs, stew wild game, and broil meats, chances are you might be interested. But what if the commercial went on to say that this non-stick pot could be used to cook a meal on your home stove, in your den fireplace, on the patio, in a campfire at a state park, or on family camping trips, plus it was guaranteed to last several generations of use? Your interest would probably peak and you would want to know a lot more about this magic pot.

This Magic Pot Is the Dutch Oven


"The magic cook pot that can do it all is the Dutch oven."

There are a lot of different designs of cooking pots that are called “Dutch ovens.” Some are modern aluminum pots designed to be used with modern stoves. Others are cast iron pots with legs that have been made famous by cooks on African safaris. (The real name for these pots is potjie and it dates back to the 1500s.) Yet others are cast iron pots with rounded bottoms that are designed to be used hanging over an open fire. And there are flat-bottomed cast iron pots designed to sit on a stove. These are often called kitchen Dutch ovens. I have used them all with satisfaction, while debating against their being called Dutch ovens.

8/13/2018 7:44:52 PM

THANK you for this article...I recently purchased a 2nd hand Dutch Oven (A cast Iron one..and things are sticking ): Not exactly what i was hoping for!

8/13/2018 7:19:32 PM

I recently purchased a 2nd hand cast iron dutch oven...Everything is sticking ): Not exactly The cooking experience i was hoping for...Any suggestions?

7/20/2018 1:43:54 PM

J. Wayne and Jay, thanks, good article. I've been a fan of cast iron for many decades. It was my first non-stick cookware. LOL, but serious. I came home from work once and a new girlfriend had been soaking my cast iron skillet in the soapy dishwater all day. My scream clued her into the fact that I will never use soap on a cast product, ever. ;) The DO immediately came out and I double boiled it before seasoning. (Fill with water get to running boil for 10 minutes, then rinse. Put back on the flame 'til hot and then season with Crisco or whatever veggie oil is handy, (since I used it daily) then cool and wipe down with PT. // I lost my old cast DO to a kid with a pesticide sprayer who dosed it nicely, so I couldn't trust it. Got a nice cast dutch oven for Christmas last year but haven't yet taken her out for a spin. // Found a CD on Ebay with 10,000 Dutch Oven Recipes for a couple bucks, and it's very usable. Thanks again. Cast iron is worth its heavy weight in gold, AFAIC // P.S: "interest would probably peak" should be "pique".

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