What is a Dutch Oven Used For?
Dutch ovens have been in existence for centuries. Often Dutch Ovens were used in medieval times as the primary source of cookware, they have now become one of the favorite ways for many families to cook when camping. A Dutch oven can be used to cook in many different ways depending on the food and dish you want. For most families when camping, Dutch ovens are primarily used to cook one pot meals. Here are several ways that a Dutch oven can be used for cooking:
- Dutch ovens can be used at home on the stove top as a cooking pot. Because Dutch ovens hold and transfer the heat evenly they make a great pot for cooking stews or soups in. They allow for consistent heat which reduces the chances of scorching.
- Dutch ovens can be used as an oven away from home. One of the most common uses of a Dutch oven is as a cooking item when camping or away from home. Because they require no electricity to run and cook like an oven they are a great option for creating home cooked meals. There are thousands of Dutch oven recipes for meals while camping.
- Dutch ovens can be used in your traditional oven as a roasting pan. You can add the flavor of a Dutch oven to any meal at home by using it as a roasting pan. A Dutch oven can be just as easily used in your oven at home as above a campfire. When using a Dutch oven inside your oven at home the cast iron helps to transfer the heat and allow for more even cooking.
- Dutch ovens can be used to create entire meals. Combined with other Dutch ovens, they can be used to create a cooking tower to create a complete meal with several different items. When cooking in a Dutch oven one of the advantages is that you can use multiple Dutch ovens to create an entire meal in the same amount of cooking time. Using larger to smaller Dutch ovens you can cook a main course meal, a bread item, vegetables or side dishes, and even a dessert; all in one Dutch oven tower.
Dutch ovens have continued to become more popular for everyday cooking and are now available in enamel coated versions as well traditional bare cast iron. When cooking over a campfire the more traditional bare cast iron is preferred due to the soot that will often build up on the outside, but for cooking at home an enameled Dutch oven gives you all of the benefits of using a Dutch oven for cooking while allowing for ease of clean-up and a prettier display.
Dutch ovens are versatile cookware. From home to camp and back again you can cook many complete meals in your Dutch oven. You’ll soon find that cooking in your Dutch oven is not only convenient, but that it is fun. You’ll want to begin trying out a variety of new Dutch oven recipes every time you go on a camping trip, and even when at home.