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Is it safe to leave a gas oven on unattended

Is it safe to leave a gas oven on unattended the whole day (with a closed dutch oven inside it braising beef etc.), similar to crock pot cooking? It is a gas oven with pilot lights on the stove, so I ...
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sauce pan vs. dutch oven vs. stock pot - any difference besides size?

I have to admit, I've been pretty ignorant about cookware terminology for my whole life - I've had a set of pots and pans of various sizes, and I've used them. Now I'm in the market for a nicer, new ...
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Should bubbles be forming only in center of pot when simmering? (Dutch oven on gas burner)

I'm cooking Marcella Hazan's bolognese/ragu recipe using a brand new Le Creuset 7-quart round dutch oven. For the long simmering stage, the recipe says to keep the heat very low, which is what I'm ...
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How do I pour from a dutch oven without making a mess?

This is a seemingly simple question, but I can't seem to find good helpful techniques or suggestions for this. After frying in a dutch oven (or any other pot with little or no lip) and letting the ...
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How do I know if my cast iron dutch oven is preseasoned?

So I bought a cast iron dutch oven. It doesn't say anything on the box about it being preseasoned or not. So I looked up some guides online to see if there was anything special I needed to do before ...
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Are oven bags anything more than disposable dutch ovens?

A few months back, on a whim, I bought plastic oven bags. I'd never seen them before so I was curious. According to notes on the packaging I can cook chicken, beef and pretty much anything else in ...
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Why are stone ware and dutch oven items exempt from bacteria?

As I am doing the dishes, I come upon my wife's stoneware "pans". These pans, I am told, do not need soap. "Just like a dutch oven". In fact, soap will ruin them. Now I did this with dutch ovens ...
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Using a Dutch Oven as a Heavy Skillet replacement

I don't own a large heavy skillet - the one I do own is small and can't hold much. Is using my Dutch Oven on the stove a reasonable replacement, if I leave the lid off?
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Why are most enameled cast iron dutch oven's only rated up to 400-450 F?

I've been investigating getting an enameled cast iron dutch oven and am surprised to find that most of them don't recommend going over 400-450°F (200-230°C) (most even on just the base, so the lid ...
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Dutch oven cooking

I'm looking to improve my dutch oven cooking skills. What is the best source for proven recipes and good dutch oven techniques?
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What's the difference between a French oven and a Dutch oven?

I've been haunting the discount cookware sites looking for Le Creuset pieces that won't put me in the poorhouse. I found two pieces that are similar size and price - one is a French oven and the other ...
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Can I deep fry in my Le Creuset dutch oven?

It's an enameled cast iron dutch oven. Just wondering if I could take off enamel by deep frying in it.
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When to heat oil in dutch oven?

I have an enameled cast iron dutch oven. I thought the pamphlet that came with it said not to heat the cast iron dry -- I could be imagining things, though. Part One So, am I supposed to put the ...
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Cast Aluminum Vs Cast iron Dutch Oven

I have seen a lot of meat roasting recipes that require using Dutch ovens, most of the cooks doing the presentations have enameled cast iron Dutch ovens. When I looked into what a Dutch oven is I ...
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Le Creuset vs. Lodge Enamel

My wife and I both love to cook and I'm looking to buy a nice, 6 qt, enameled dutch oven. Le Creuset is the first that comes to mind, but I've been doing some research and have since learned that the ...
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What to look for when choosing a dutch oven?

I've never had nor used a dutch oven, but I have a pile of recipes I want to try that require one. Are these all pretty similar? Or are there things I should look for in a good dutch oven? Or will ...
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Dutch Oven alternative for campfire?

I am going camping shortly. I have done some dutch oven cooking before, and there is one recipe that I want to make that uses one. However, I do not have a dutch oven... I am thinking of using two ...
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Dutch oven instead of oven?

I'm moving into a small apartment with no oven. Before, I had a 16" oven stone to bake my bread and I'm looking for something to keep baking. Would a duch oven over a gas kitchen work? I can't use ...