A dutch oven is such a versatile kitchen essential that will last you for years and years. If you know how to take care of it. Trust me it is not that difficult, it just sounds like it may be hard.
The reason you want to “season” your dutch oven is so the pot or pan will not rust. Seasoning also helps to create a nonstick surface so you can experiment with making desserts, bread, stews, the possibilities are endless!
Today, there are so many options and varieties of dutch ovens. There are so many to choose from the question is “How do I choose?”
For me, I went with durability. Sometimes you have to go with the brand and the reputation the brand has developed. When I was in the States I had a beautiful Martha Stewart number in mind.
Here are a few options for you to consider. Remember, as with the styles the price is can range from reasonable to expensive. When choosing a dutch oven, keep in mind you are buying a kitchen item you can use on the stove, and in the oven. Taking really good care of your dutch oven and as I said it will last you a lifetime, something you can pass on to your kids.
Dutch Oven ideas!
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The first dutch oven I love is from Martha Stewart. This guy can run you $199.00. Though when Macy’s has their sales, which they do a lot, you can find this sweet Dutch Oven on sale for as low as $89.
Another great choice is the KING of such ovens and can cost anywhere from $110-500. But as I said this is an investment. Founded in 1925 Le Creuset makes “French Ovens” that are top of the line. You will find not only different colors of the “French Oven” but also different shapes. The quality of these ovens is incredible. So if you are getting married, put it on your list! If you have an anniversary coming up, birthday, or you just need a new pan this one is a great investment.
This 6 Quart Dutch Oven is, brace yourself, available at Target and Walmart. You can get this guy for about $69. (regular price $115)
Depending on your needs, or if you are a new cook this is a great option for anyone. Personally, I don’t like to part with a lot of money for something I can wear. If you are like me then this is the option for you!
Let’s Season Those Dutch Ovens!
Now that you have selected your dutch oven, let’s get ready to season them.
1. Prep your Dutch Oven
The very first step you have to take, can not be skipped. if you skip this step you may leave behind some particles or dust or whatever that is clinking to the sides. of the pot and that is not what you want. You will have to start over if you skip this step.
So what is this step! Wash your pot! Make sure you use soft dishwashing soap and a gentle sponge you don’t want to accidentally ruin the coating. I have a cleaner that I make (which you can get the recipe here), that I sometimes use on my pans. Here I used a gentle soap such as Palmolive.
2. Dry your pan
Once your pan is clean you want to get it as dry as you can. No water left behind! I let mine air dry for a minute before I used a clean tea towel to get any leftover moisture.
3. Oil your pan
Chose an oil that has a high smoke point. Flax oil is the chosen oil but it can be kind of pricey. However, you can also use canola oil or olive oil. You want to use a cheesecloth, or better your fingers so you don’t scratch the lining. Also, don’t think that your pan is super fragile you have to treat it with kitten gloves. Enameled Dutch ovens have very few drawbacks, one being they chip.
Before you begin using your new Dutch Oven you want to rub it with oil, all over! Just coat it. This is really fun to do with your fingers. 🙂
4. Use your pan
The possibilities are endless. You can create a pie! Just remember a few things when you are using your dutch oven. You want to heat it up slowly, and you want to add something into the pot right away. You don’t want it to sit on the stove getting too hot. Having said that, once it is properly heated or warmed up you can crank up the heat.
When cleaning your dutch oven you never ever want to put it in the dishwasher. Doing so will either chip it, or cause the enamel to become damaged. After washing by hand with gentle soap and sponge then you will want to reapply the oil rub.
Your dutch oven will come with a booklet full of tips and recipes. Be sure to read the tips before you do anything to your dutch oven.
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