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A Dutch oven is a kind of cooking pot with a lid, usually made from cast iron. It is suitable for use on a hob and in an oven, as long as the handles are oven-proof.

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Building multiple fonds while cooking/multiple deglazing

First time poster. I'm just a home chef that makes meals once a week, but I've been recently gifted a dutch oven and would like to up my sauce game a bit. I am perhaps too quick to deglaze with a tiny ...
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Will a lye solution damage enameled cookware?

Got some very thick baked on oil inside of a Lodge dutch oven with an enamel lining. Avocado oil, baked on in a 500F oven while making bread. Can I save some time by just filling it up with warm water ...
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Is it possible to make a Dutch baby, or similar, without an oven?

I find myself temporarily without an oven, but am really craving a Dutch baby. Since a Dutch baby is cooked in a very hot oven, clearly I can't make a normal one. But is there any version of one, or ...
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Can Le Creuset Dutch Oven be used in the microwave in convection mode?

I am reading that cast iron may pop or crackle in a convection oven, and aluminum is best for it. Since Le Creuset Dutch Oven is just enameled cast iron, I couldn't help but have a safety concern over ...
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Will I crack the enamel if I put a room temperature dutch oven in a pre-heated oven?

Is it safe to put an enameled cast iron dutch oven in a pre-heated oven, when the dutch oven is starting at room temperature? Or will this cause thermal shock and break the enamel? The Internet says ...
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Baking Bread in Dutch Oven with Hairline Crack

I recently bought a ceramic slow cooker insert at a thrift store. It has a glass top and is the perfect shape for using as a Dutch oven in baking bread, which I do regularly. When I got home, my ...
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Can you put a clay pot into a preheated oven?

I was making salt baked chicken last night, and I didn't have a casserole dish big enough for the bird. So, instead I used a half glazed Chinese clay pot, and put that straight into a pre-heated oven ...
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Is it safe to use an enamel/cast iron Dutch oven with small cracks and worn enamel

I have a few-years old enamel/cast iron Dutch oven. I haven’t looked after it that well, and the inside is showing small cracks (crazing), and there is some grey discolouration which looks almost like ...
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browning meat in Dutch oven--why doesn't it work for me?

A stew recipe I was using said to brown the meat in the Dutch oven first. I tried to--added oil and let it get hot on the stove top with lid off. However, the meat did not appear to brown as much as, ...
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Does black interior of a cocotte/dutch oven such as Staub create problems with accidentally burning ingredients/fond?

The Staub cocotte has a black interior (in contrast to the Le Creuset) as can be seen below. Does this black interior significantly increase the chances of accidentally burning the ingredients and ...
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What accounts for Dutch Oven price variation?

I have recently been looking to buy a good Dutch Oven that will last a while, and I am a little lost since there is so many options at many different price points. I recall a few years ago I bought a ...
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Candy making in Dutch Oven when there is only one of you

I’m trying to make fudge and other hard candies such as peanut brittle in my Lodge Dutch Oven. The problem that I’m having is that I cannot hold the pot and scrape out the inside by myself. ...
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How does water behave in Dutch oven baking?

Recently I made a research about how steam works in baking. I found four main functions: Steam condenses and keeps the dough surface cool, preventing the crust to form too soon, what could hinder the ...
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Does wear and tear limit the usefulness of a Dutch oven?

I bought a no-name Dutch oven* about eighteen years ago and have used it steadily since. It continues to serve me well, but I'm wondering whether I need to worry about the wear and tear on the enamel, ...
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Should I add broth to the bottom of the Dutch Oven?

I am roasting a chicken in a dutch oven. Should I add any type of liquid to the bottom of the dutch oven before putting it in the oven?
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How to not burn the sugars in veggies when simmering in a dutch oven for a long time?

I cooked a vegetable stew (onions, carrots, cabbage, potatoes) in a dutch oven on the stovetop for about 30-40 minutes on medium heat. The food turned out fine, but there's a thick layer of black ...
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Why does my bread taste like flour?

TL:DR; My third attempt at making dutch oven bread from scratch still tastes like flour, although a little less so than previous attempts. Why? My first attempt I tried this recipe by Tasty. I ...
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Attempted deep frying smoke fiasco

I recently tried deep frying some chicken and it went horribly wrong. The oil started to smoke so much that I had to step outside because it was so thick. Even after I brought the Dutch oven I was ...
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What am I doing wrong that is making my dishes spicier when served as leftovers. Am I not simmering long enough?

For some reason the last three dishes I've cooked seem to get spicer leftover the next day. When they do obtain close to room temp they've all been stored in Pyrex and placed in the same fridge but ...
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Paper towel gets completely dark after I wipe my Dutch oven [duplicate]

I bought Lodge cast iron dutch oven a few weeks ago. I didn't season it right away since I kept it in a dry closet. Last week seasoned it with pure almond oil (because I read it somewhere it's ...
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How can a dutch oven reach 400°C on an electrical stove?

I have a pretty average stove and oven. The oven can't even make 300°C. Yet today I measured the temperature of my dutch oven, heated on the stove and it read almost 400°C. How is this possible? Can ...
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Lodge Dutch Oven seasoning fail (My first cast iron experience)

I bought this. It was a little rusty. I cleaned the rust with salt. I wanted to remove preseasoning but I don't have requirements for that process. Washed the dutch oven with soap and cold water. ...
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Can you deep fry chicken in a 6.75qt dutch oven?

I wanna fry up some chicken and I'm wondering if my 6.75 Le Creuset will be large enough. Assuming it's half to two-thirds of the way full (3-4 QTs of oil). Does anyone have experience with this? ...
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Sourdough Breadmaking: Adding Water to Dutch Oven to create more steam?

Is there any benefit to adding some boiling water to a preheated dutch oven (under some parchment paper) just before putting the lid back on? EDIT: Well I did it. It seems to improve oven spring. ...
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Dutch oven bread - bottom always burns

When I bake bread in my dutch oven, to get the bread crust a darker brown and where it should be, the bottom will burn. I've used several recipes and different ovens with the same problem outcome. The ...
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Iron cast cookware: rust-ish or black coat even on new cookware, is it safe?

Some time ago I got iron cast dutch oven, alomost right away I noticed that when I wash it (just water, no soap) when I wipe it with white paper towel I get something black on it (see pictures). ...
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How did rust appear on my cast iron in a matter of minutes?

So this has been an on-going saga the last few days, and I've already posted several related questions here, and I am feeling quite defeated. I have/had a beautiful 16" cast iron dutch oven from ...
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Have I over- or under-cleaned my cast iron dutch oven?

There are several questions on this site addressing how to fix a cast iron pan or dutch oven when it collects rust or gets rock hard black food melted into it, including this question that I posted ...
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How to salvage a totally nuked cast iron dutch oven? [duplicate]

Please note: I don't believe this question is a dupe. There is this question, which has some excellent answers, but they are suggestions that don't apply to my situation because I have ruined my cast ...
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Use foil as dutch oven lid for loaf pan

Can I lay foil over the dough in a loaf pan, to contain moisture like a dutch oven? I've practiced using cast iron dutch oven baking, but this time I would like to use a loaf pan, so I can cut the ...
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Need to replace my "Bean Pot" what should I look for?

I have this 5 quart, aluminum nonstick pot. It is my go-to pot for candy making (fudge, toffee and brittles), jams and jellies. It also gets used for stews and chili. The non-stick finish is ...
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When slow cooking a whole chicken for curry, should I put the vegetables in at the same time or wait?

Hi guys I need some quick advice. I am about to slow cook a whole chicken and I and one question: Should I put the vegetables in while its slow cooking or will it be too mushy?
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Temperature for dutch oven curry with venison

I'm making a slow cooked curry with venison in my dutch oven and I would like to know what temperature would be a good medium between what I need for a tender venison without overcooking the rest of ...
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Is it ok to use an enamelled Dutch oven on an electric stove top with the older ring burners?

I bought my first enameled Dutch oven and I've been trying to do some research on whether or not I can use it on the older electric ring burner stove tops without it cracking on me. If anyone could ...
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What causes dutch oven flavor?

I love the added flavor that comes from cooking in a cast iron dutch oven like the one shown below: What is it that causes this? Is it from the charcoal or from the seasoning? If I season a legless ...
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When braising, how deep should I fill a single pot?

Mark Bittman's recipe for chicken Adobo says: "Combine the [ingredients] in a covered skillet or saucepan large enough to hold the chicken in one layer". The recipe calls for 3-4 pounds of chicken. I'...
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How to get uniform bubbles in simple dutch oven bread?

I'm using the "Saturday White Bread" recipe from Ken Forkish's Flour Water Salt Yeast. I'm very happy with the results so far, except for the irregularity of the bubbles. Here's my loaf: ...
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Braising with 2 dutch ovens - time?

So, the wife and I are in charge of New Years dinner. That involves 2 5-lb boston butts. One dutch oven is allclad, the other dutch oven is cast iron. The braising recipe calls for 8-10 hours on low ...
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What are the differences between a Dutch oven and ceramic casserole?

I've been looking for information about the difference between cast iron Dutch ovens and ceramic casseroles. I use my Dutch oven for baking bread and would like to know if ceramic will have the same ...
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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 enamelled cast iron dutch ovens only rated up to 400-450°F?

I've been investigating getting an enamelled 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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