When it comes to preparing all the food you love, Dutch ovens are a must. They can turn any dish into your favorite comfort food. When the days and nights get chilly, these cast iron cookware are great to use. They enable you to make delicious soups and stews that are heartwarming and hearty.
There is a long history when it comes to Dutch ovens. There are a lot of theories as to how it got started in the United States. Most believe that Pilgrims who came from Holland boarded the Mayflower and brought it to the country. Some say that American pioneers molded and cast their own Dutch ovens. Whichever the case is, it has become a part of cooking for Americans. Traditional Dutch oven cooking is very rewarding. In fact, there are still a lot of people who support this. Old fashioned ovens have a rounded bottom, and come with a stand. Sometimes, a wire can be use so that the pot is suspended over an open fire. However, perhaps the most popular cooking technique is using charcoal briquettes or hot coals. Usually, the pot is placed in a hole in the ground (or fire pit). Charcoal briquette or coal pieces are then placed at the lid of the pot and the bottom. The lid of the pot is specially designed to keep any ashes out of the food.
Rounded bottom Dutch ovens are very traditional. However, they can be quite hard to use indoors, especially on a stovetop or oven. They are harder to balance, and are more suited for outdoor use. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use a Dutch oven inside the kitchen. You can use flat-bottomed ovens when cooking indoors. These are easier to use as you can mount it on the stove or cook your food in the oven. These are more versatile, as although they do not come with a stand, you can use them outdoors as well.
There are a few quirks when it comes to Dutch ovens. The main problem for people is that they need special care and attention. You can’t just put them in the dishwasher like all your other pots. You’ll have to use very hot water or just burn off any food that sticks to the bottom. Using soap will damage the seasoning and while we’re on the subject, remember that you’ll also have to season and re-season your pot periodically.
Enameled Dutch ovens are a step up from other regular cast iron pots. They have a thin layer of enamel. This makes the oven look much more sophisticated, meaning you can serve your food directly in it! Also, it creates a barrier between moisture and your cast iron pot, preventing rust. You won’t have to season your pot often. Furthermore, they are dishwasher safe. You won’t have to go through all the hassle of cleaning a regular cast iron pot. Because of the glass finish, you won’t be embarrassed to take this pot out to the dinner table.
The name Dutch Oven; has been used to refer to a variety of lidded pots over the generations. However, to fully understand what a real Dutch oven cooking is and why this pot is important you have to understand the history behind this incredible cooking apparatus.