Guide to Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
Although cast iron Dutch oven is a kind of pot you cook your food in, it is also associated with a cooking method that people of old had used. This cooking method, as they have used it centuries ago, can be compared to campfire cooking. In this type of cooking, the pot, with all the ingredients inside and with lid tightly fitted, is heated by putting a precise number of hot coals under it and on top of the tightly fitted lid.
How much hot charcoal briquettes or block, compressed charcoal you need and where to place them depends on what you are cooking and the size of your Dutch oven. The reason being, that shorter ovens spread heat to the center of the oven quicker than those deeper type ones. If you are cooking food that needs a high temperature like pies, then you would need to use a short or shallow oven. On the other hand, if you are cooking roasts, ham, or chicken, foods that need lower temperatures to cook, you should use the taller ovens. It is also here when you want to control the amount of heat on top of the oven for even browning like rolls and bread.
There is a good reason why there are many today who are very enthusiastic about Dutch ovens and it is because any method of cooking can be done in this pot. You can stew, braise, roast, broil, fry and even bake all your favorite dishes in it. So you only need this single cookware to be able to cook in different methods. A Dutch oven is considered the most versatile pot yet known. Its versatility does not only include the types of cooking you can do in it, but also it also includes the places where you can use them, that is, both indoors and outdoors. This cookware is indeed very durable. It is made of super strong and sturdy cast iron. There’s not a lot you can do to truly damage one permanently, as evidenced by the fact that many are still using this as hand-me-down from grandparents.
Other than that, there are also health benefits of cooking with cast iron. Not only can you cook with less oil similar to using a nonstick pan, but also cooking with cast iron fortifies your food with iron.
The popularity of Dutch ovens today is not surprising; what with its fundamental cooking features, versatility and durability, especially with people who are active outdoors where you can still enjoy gourmet cooking despite being in a remote place.