Caring for your Dutch Oven
Whether you purchased a new dutch oven or inherited an ancient one, it should be still be making great food long after you and I are gone and forgotten. A dutch oven is nearly indestructible, so they should never wear out or need to be replaced. But, like every tool or utensil, dutch ovens require some preventive maintenance and care.
The main care for your dutch oven is discussed on the following pages:
- Seasoning - baking on a layer of oil to protect the metal and improve meal taste
- Cleaning - removing food bits, but leaving the seasoning layer
- Storing - protecting your oven when it won't be used for a few months
- Fixing - restoring life to an abused dutch oven
Some tips to keep in mind:
- Never allow your dutch oven to sit out in the rain or in water. It will corrode.
- Placing a dutch oven directly onto a very hot fire may warp or crack the metal. See cooking tips for advice on using your dutch oven.
- Pouring liquid into a hot oven will crack the metal.