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Dutch Oven: The Big No's

 
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dutchovenpro



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PostPosted: Saturday 2-10-2018 3:37 am    Post subject: Dutch Oven: The Big No's Reply with quote

Dutch oven gets passed across generations. This is due to its high durability and tolerance. However, unless you maintain your Dutch oven properly, there is always a concern of it losing its performance.

Big Noís

1. You cast iron Dutch Oven should never be placed in water for a long time, or have water on it or in it. No matter if you have applied a good coating on it, it will rust anyway.

2. Avoid using soap. Avoid as in never use soap. It will get into the pores of the metal and it will taint your meals. But accidents happen donít they. If you accidentally use soap then remove the coating by scrubbing it and reapply the coating.

3. Never place your cast iron Dutch oven over direct hot flame. Aluminum can take it well but cast iron will crack over such high temperature.

4. Cast iron distributes heat very well it has good conductive properties. So donít be in a rush trying to heat it up. Your food will burn and you might even damage your oven.

5. Donít try to cool your Dutch oven down fast by applying very cold air, ice or water. Rapid cooling will result in damaging your oven for sure.

Enjoy cooking!
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PostPosted: Saturday 2-10-2018 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dutchovenpro wrote:


3. Never place your cast iron Dutch oven over direct hot flame. Aluminum can take it well but cast iron will crack over such high temperature.


DOpro. Welcome to the forum. You might want to click on the Howdy thread to let everyone know a bit about yourself.

While cast iron care has been covered extensively on this forum for many years, itís always good to have reminders. Thanks.

Iím guessing what you mean by #3 is donít put cast iron on a direct flame empty and walk off. Many of us long time DO users put our iron on a direct flame after washing in order to cook the moisture out of the iron before we reseason it or store it but we do it while closely attending it. And obviously when we use our iron to cook food on a gas stove we expose it to direct flame.

Again welcome.
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PostPosted: Tuesday 2-20-2018 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another big NO! Don't ever cook in bare feet!

I learned this the hard way. I stepped on an errant coal with a bare foot while checking a recipe after coming back from the shower house. My camping neighbor said he learned four new cuss words that day. And he was a lineman for the power company!
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