by April Reinhardt
(last updated July 18, 2016)
Made of cast iron, a Dutch oven is a cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Because of its thick iron composition, a Dutch oven is a favorite cooking utensil for campers. Originally made by the Dutch in the late 1600s, the cast metal cooking vessels were tall and had a flange around the top edge to keep coals and ashes out of the food. In early American history, legs were added to Dutch ovens to hold them above campfire logs and coals. Dutch ovens were so popular that they were willed to family members at death.
Centuries later, Dutch ovens are still mostly made from cast iron, and are still a piece of favored cookware. Cleaning a Dutch oven depends upon the age of the iron, the method of cooking you've used, and what types of foods and elements you've had inside of it. Follow these steps to clean a Dutch oven:
Once your Dutch oven is well seasoned from many uses, you do not need to wash it with soap and water. Simply scrap out any food remnants, wipe it out with paper towels or a wet rag, rinse it, then pat it dry with a paper towel and put it away.
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