A Dutch oven is a heavy cooking pot used for various cooking purposes. It has an air tight lid which helps in retaining the temperature throughout the pot and give the best cooking results. This pot is very handy. You can use it in your kitchen as well as in outdoors. You can take it on camping for use on grills. A Dutch oven is made of cast iron so it is more likely to be affected by rusting process. This rusting can give you adverse cooking results. Seasoning of a Dutch oven is needed to make it nonstick. This can ensure its easy cleanliness and protection from rust.
A seasoned Dutch oven can give you the best cooking results because its efficiency is enhanced due to the presence of a seal of oil between iron and the cooked food.
You can simply season your Dutch oven in your kitchen by using a stove or an oven. Here are some simple steps to season your pot in a kitchen oven:
- Firstly make sure to clean your pot properly. Its surface should not contain any food particles or rust. Wash it if required and then dry it COMPLETELY with the help of a cloth or towel.
- Then comes a step of choosing a good grease for the seasoning of your Dutch oven. Although there are many options available, the use of vegetable oil and vegetable shortening are most recommended for this purpose.
- It is better to heat your Dutch pan for some time before greasing. You can do it on a stove as well as in an oven at around 250 to 350 degrees. Grease your Dutch oven with a paper towel (if cool) or with a silicon utensil (if you preheated it). It should be greased properly from inside as well as from outside. Its lid should also be greased properly with oil.
- Place your pot upside down on a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Then place it in your oven at 350 degrees. Lot the oven bake for an hour.
- Turn off the oven. Let the dutch oven remain on the burner or in the oven until it attains room temperature.
- Use a towel in case of excessive grease.
However, it is better to season your Dutch oven outdoors because the whole process produces smoke and smell that can fill in your house. You can season your Dutch oven by using a grill or charcoal. The process is almost the same as mentioned for the stove seasoning:
- Clean your pan and dry if necessary.
- Heat your pot for some time on grill before greasing it .This can give the best results.
- Grease your hot Dutch oven carefully with unflavored vegetable oil. Use of gloves should be ensured to protect your hands. The pot should be greased properly from inside as well as outside.
- Now put it again on the grill. The heat from charcoals will make the seal from oil and after some time your nonstick will be ready for cooking.
You can season your Dutch oven, again and again, using the same steps to build up a thicker seasoning on the dutch oven.