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Dutch Oven - the extremely versatile fire pot for outdoor cooking fun!

This cooking device is very similar to a fire pot. Both are made of heat-resistant cast iron and are suitable for the production of many different, delicious dishes. Often the two terms are put together among grill friends. Find out everything you need to know about a Dutch Oven in the following article!

History:

The origin of the Dutch Oven is not fully documented. What is certain is that many people of the earth have used similar devices for centuries for cooking etc. The term Dutch Oven originally comes from England. In the 18th century, a manufacturer patented a method for the melting of cast iron, for which he found inspiration in Holland. From that point on, the Briton manufactures cookware for the entire Empire. The Dutch Oven, as it has been called ever since, finds its way into today's USA. There, the European settlers spread the Dutch Oven over the entire country. Some historians call the Dutch Oven, as the most important metallic device during the colonization of the West, even topping the revolver.

What you can cook in it:

In a Dutch Oven you can make a lot of dishes. The possibilities range from soups, stews to own bread or even cakes. Even the Sunday roast can be prepared without difficulty in a Dutch oven. Stews of every kind are also very successful in a Dutch Oven. Of course, this also applies to the classic Chilli con Carne. This dish has to simmer for several hours. For this, the cooking appliance is ideal. What tastes better than a well-pulled chilli from an open hearth?

How not to use it:

Under no circumstances should an empty Dutch Oven stand in the embers or on the fire for a long time. The heat can easily break the unfilled cookware.

Principle:

The Dutch Oven is a pot with thick walls made out of cast iron. The extra thick cast-iron walls are of course excellent heat storage. Of course, the material is also very robust and of course not very light. However, the weight is important for the stability, so overturning is almost impossible. Once the lid is closed, you can also put hot coal on top of the pot. But the lid itself, is provided with high edges. This gives you a constant supply of heat from both the lower and the upper side. Thanks to this method, you can really see the Dutch Oven like a small oven and use it as such.

Which cooking methods are possible with a Dutch Oven?

You can use this outdoor kitchen appliance almost universally.

Of course, you can use the Dutch Oven like a normal pot and cook in it. Even braising is possible with this outdoor kitchen appliance. You can also roast with a Dutch oven. You can even fry and bake in a Dutch oven. All cooking methods at a glance are:

  • Cooking
  • Frying
  • Baking

What you should do before you use it for the first time:

Before you use the Dutch Oven for the first time, it is advisable to "burn it in" first. But what is meant by that and how does it work? Often new Dutch Ovens are treated with a protective wax layer. This must be removed with a sponge or brush along with some detergent and water. Then the Dutch Oven is dried and rubbed with sunflower oil. Then the cooking utensil is turned upside down on the grill or the oven rack. However, it is advisable to carry out the burning in the open due to the strong smoke. The lid can simply be placed on the three feet of the Dutch Oven. Now, the oil is baked at 200-250 ° C in the pot. You should leave the Dutch Oven for about an hour and a half. The purpose behind it is that the oil gets thinner due to the heat and can penetrate into the cast iron. The resulting layer protects against rust and is at the same time a non-stick coating.

Can you use the Dutch Oven everywhere?

The cooking appliance can be used in many ways. Because of the refractory material that makes such a Dutch Oven, you can even place it directly in an open hearth. The tripod ensures a secure footing. With a frame, you can also hang it on the handles over the fire. This allows you to act much more freely on the cookware instead of cooking in one rigid place.

The proper care of the Dutch Oven:

Of course, the Dutch Oven must be thoroughly cleaned of the leftovers after each use. To remove stubborn dirt, you can use some warm water. However, dish soap is not a good idea. This could be attacking the protective layer. The next time you can use the cooking utensil without hesitation, you should just brush it with a thin layer of oil after cleaning.

The care clearly includes proper storage. Because the Dutch Oven is made of cast iron, it needs a dry place as storage. In addition, you should always make sure that the lid is not directly on the Dutch Oven while the cookware is being stored. The air inside need to be able to circulate, otherwise the oil layer will go rancid. You will notice this if there is a slightly sour taste in the cooked food.

Conclusion:

A Dutch Oven has a lot of similarity to the well-known fire pot. Therefore, both terms are often used as synonyms. This special cookware originated in England. From there, it conquered the North American continent. You can use a lot of cooking methods in a Dutch Oven and therefore, create a lot of wonderful dishes with it.  You can even bake in it or prepare the Sunday roast with its help. The areas of application are just as varied! Thanks to the robustness, you can even place a Dutch Oven directly in the embers. That's what he's done for! A practical tripod always ensures the necessary safety. Do not place it empty in the fire. The cast iron could become porous and even break in the worst case. But it is also possible to hang the cast-iron pot directly above the hearth. Before the first use, you have to burn the Dutch Oven once. If you properly use the cookware, you will enjoy it for a very long time.

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