Dutch Ovens

dutch-oven-cookingThe original Dutch oven had 3 legs so it could be placed on top of hot coals.  Today, many campers use a Dutch oven for all their cooking while “out in the woods”.  They can be used for roasting, baking, braising, frying, boiling, and baking.

Now Dutch oven cooking has been brought indoors. Today these can be used on the stove top as well as inside the oven. There are a variety of different Dutch ovens available.

Basically, these ovens are a heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid to retain the moisture.  Most are made of cast iron.  The updated Dutch ovens can be used on top of the stove. They have porcelain enamel on both the outside and inside.  There are also some made of heavy aluminum, stainless steel, or stoneware.  Most can go from the stove top to inside the oven.  Before purchasing make sure you check out how high the oven can be set, as there are different temperature ranges available with different products.

These wonderful little ovens come in a range of sizes usually from 2 quarts up to 8 or 9 quarts.  They are usually round, but some are oval which are designed for roasting large turkeys.  Make sure before you start using your new Dutch oven to thoroughly read the instructions that come with it.  Most of the problems users have go back to the owner not reading the instructions for properly cleaning, maintaining, or use.  If you read the booklet and follow the suggestions you will not only be pleased with your purchase, but most importantly, prepare some savory and delicious meals.

Lodge Color Dutch Oven – Island Spice Red 6-QuartLodge Color Dutch Oven – Island Spice Red 6-Quart

  • Dishwasher-safe, but washing by hand recommended; lifetime warranty.
  • Lid fits 11-inch Lodge color skillet; oven-safe to 400-degree F
  • 2 Coats of durable porcelain enamel in colorful exterior, cream-colored interior
  • Heavy cast iron pot cooks on stovetop or in oven; superbly retains heat
  • Lodge color series enameled cast-iron dutch oven; holds 6-quart
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Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 8-Quart Dutch Oven with CoverCalphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 8-Quart Dutch Oven with Cover /span>

  • 8-quart Dutch oven made of durable stainless steel with full aluminum core
  • Loop side handles stay cool to the touch and come riveted for strength
  • Tempered-glass lid helps trap in heat and moisture while making it possible to check on food at a glance
  • Dishwasher-safe; broiler-safe; oven-safe up to 500 degrees F
  • Measures approximately 15-2/5 by 14-4/5 by 6-3/5 inches; limited lifetime warranty
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Le Creuset French OvensLe Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven

  • 45% larger handles that provide a sure grip, even with oven mitts
  • The superior heat distribution and retention of le creuset enameled cast iron
  • An advanced sand-colored interior enamel with even more resistance to wear
  • A larger composite knob that withstands temperatures up to 500ºF
  • Colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel that resists chipping and cracking
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