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The Dutch Oven!

The Dutch Oven!

The classic open fire cooking object is the Dutch Oven: a large cast iron pan on three legs, which you can place on coals. The oven has been used since the seventh century, but has proven itself as a timeless and indispensable attribute for outdoor cooking. The oven is said to have got its name because Dutch merchants sold the oven to people at the door. Dutch settlers who lived in America used the oven regularly. The oven was soon sold among Americans, since the Dutch Oven offered the opportunity to cook tasty under primitive conditions.

The Dutch Oven!

Populations have used open-air cooking since the era of hunters and collectors, but in recent years outdoor cooking has been on the rise. Outdoor cooking involves different techniques and materials. It therefore takes some time, skill and patience, but once you have mastered it, you can enjoy the most authentic way of cooking. And that results in delicious dishes.

The classic open fire cooking object is the Dutch Oven: a large cast iron pan on three legs, which you can place on coals. The oven has been used since the seventh century, but has proven itself as a timeless and indispensable attribute for outdoor cooking. The oven is said to have got its name because Dutch merchants sold the oven to people at the door. Dutch settlers who lived in America used the oven regularly. The oven was soon sold among Americans, since the Dutch Oven offered the opportunity to cook tasty under primitive conditions.

 

Using a Dutch Oven

You can prepare all imaginable dishes in the Dutch Oven: from pizzas to stews and from roasts to pies. In principle you can immediately start cooking in a Dutch Oven: all you need is the oven itself and a fire. Of course there is enough knowledge to acquire to become an expert in the field of Dutch Ovens. You can opt for an open fire made of wood or briquettes. In addition, there are different types and sizes of Dutch Ovens, each of which has a different function. The Dutch Oven in our Starter set is ideal in that regard for the novice outdoor chef.

 

Do you want a Dutch oven, but you don't know which size?

Look in this size chart for the Dutch oven:

  • 3QT: 3 persons
  • 6QT: 6 people
  • 9QT: 8 people

 

Do you want to get the right heat in your Dutch Oven?

Nice those Dutch Ovens, you can do a lot with them, but how do you reach the right temperature? You can go a long way with the diagrams below!
The accompanying pictures give a good indication of the number of briquettes to use and where / how to place them.
Do you want absolute certainty about the exact temperature in your Dutch Oven? Then use a suitable thermometer to check the temperature in your Dutch Oven!

 

Distribution of coal or briquettes at a Dutch Oven

How do you place the briquettes / coal at a Dutch oven?

When you grill, you only use top heat. The coals are therefore only on the lid and are evenly distributed. under the pan. When baking, you need both top and bottom heat. about 2/3 of the heat comes from above. It is best to distribute these coals evenly. 1/3 of the heat comes from under the pan. Divide this along the edge of the pan. When stewing - or frying - you only use heat under the pan. Spread the coals evenly under the bottom.

 

 

Number of briquettes at a Dutch Oven

Number of briquettes to be used with a Dutch Oven

The "O" indicates the briquettes under the pan, and the "B" indicates the number of briquettes on the lid.
So with a 6Qt Dutch Oven you need 5 briquettes underneath and 16 briquettes on the lid to reach a temperature of 165 degrees Celsius.
(Thanks to The Windmill for providing these images!)

 

 

Maintenance of your Dutch Oven

For optimal life, the products must be properly maintained. After use, the cast iron should be cleaned as soon as possible. Do not use soap and do not soak the cast iron in water. After all, moisture is the enemy of cast iron. To clean the product properly, follow steps 1 to 4, after which you can store the cast iron. Cast iron is NOT dishwasher safe.

 

The first use; Burning in your cast iron Dutch oven

If you want to use new cast iron products, they must be fired. This ensures a perfect non-stick coating and prevents the product from rusting. To burn cast iron you need Crisco (or another cast iron conditioner) and a cotton cloth. Follow the next steps:

  1. Clean the Dutch Oven with hot water and then dry thoroughly.
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  3. Heat a closed barbecue or oven to 120 degrees Celsius, place the product in the oven for about 60 minutes and let the cast iron heat up well. The heat opens the pores of the cast iron and allows the moisture to evaporate. This is very important, because moisture in cast iron can lead to rust.
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  5. When the pan is hot, lubricate the "Crisco" in the cast iron with a cotton cloth. Not too thick, and don't forget to grease the outside. The stainless steel handles of the pie-irons should be removed when you place them in the barbecue or oven!
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  7. If the product is well coated, heat it until it starts to smoke. Then allow the product to cool.
  8. Repeat steps 1 through 4 at least three times. The more often the steps are repeated, the more beautiful the cast iron becomes. After burning in, the product is immediately ready for use
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Note: Cast iron gets extremely hot. Do not just pick up the pans, Dutch Ovens and the poffertjes pan, but use heat-resistant gloves.

 

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