We all have pans or pots that we prefer when we are working with any new recipe. This pot we trust and is probably the most used. It’s a Dutch oven for me.
I have this in several sizes, but I usually cook for me and my sister, so 3.5 liters is what we use the most in our house. Boiling Pasta?? Dutch oven. Sear meat? ? Dutch oven. Soups or frying? Dutch oven, there’s no match for the dutch oven.
After most Dutch oven cooking, you only need a scrub, brush, soap, and water to make it spotless. However, sometimes it can be difficult to clean. Today we will help you with various ways in which you can clean your Dutch oven.
What is a Dutch oven?
Dutch ovens are thick-walled pots used to cook a variety of dishes. Dutch ovens have a snug-fitting lid and are available in cast iron, enamel or ceramic.
The beauty of the Dutch oven is its “seasoning.” Some will require you to season them yourself while others come pre-seasoned with an enamel finish.
Enamel French Oven is another type of dutch oven. This Dutch oven has an enamel finish to provide an additional layer of protection and a non-stick surface.
The French company decided to enamel cast iron to create a non-stick surface without needing it to season.
The third type of material is ceramic. Dutch ceramic ovens are lighter than other types, so it is much easier to handle. It has all the benefits of pure cast iron and enamel.
However, They are much more likely to crack during a fall or sudden temperature change.
What is Seasoning?
When fats or cooking oils are heated to their smoke point in cast iron, fatty acids oxidize and rearrange (or “polymerize”) into a new layer of molecules.
This layer sticks to the surface of the pan and bonds with the metal itself. This process creates a slick coating known as seasoning. This seasoning helps create a non-stick layer on your cast iron dutch oven.
How to clean a dutch oven
Following are the methods to clean all the three types of dutch ovens,
How To Clean A Cast Iron Dutch Oven
What You’ll Need
- 4 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- wooden spoon
- Pour 4 cups of water into your dutch oven and cook over medium heat.
- When the water boils, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Let the solution simmer for a few minutes. Take it off the stove and let it cool down.
- Drain the solution.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry it using a clean cloth.
- Once it’s completely dry, grease it with a little bit of cooking oil and store it.
How To Clean an Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
What You’ll Need
- Two tablespoon dishwashing liquid
- Two cups of hot water
- 2 tablespoon of Baking soda
- Plastic (not metal) scraper
- Plastic (not metal) scrubby sponge
- Pour two cups of hot water into the pot.
- Then add two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Mix everything well, cover, and leave for 15 minutes.
- Drain about half of the water, then use a plastic scraper to remove the burnt flakes.
- Empty the pot and scrub again using water and dishwashing liquid. This time scrub it with a scrubby sponge.
- Finish by washing off the dirt and rinsing with clean water.
- Use a towel to dry it completely.
How To Clean A Ceramic Dutch Oven
What You’ll Need
- Bar Keepers Friend
- Dishwashing liquid
- Wash the Dutch oven in a dishwasher to wash away all the debris stuck to it.
- Then add enough barkeeper friends to the bottom surface to cover the area.
- scrub the surface with a sponge until the pot is clean.
- Wash off with warm soapy water.
Tips on how professional chefs clean Dutch ovens
- Make sure to clean the dutch oven right after use, while it is still warm.
- Wash the dutch oven using soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid using abrasive washing liquids, as it can ruin the pan’s coating.
- To remove sticky food, scrub the surface with salt and a sponge. Then wipe it with a paper towel.
- Hard to scrub burnt food can be removed with boiling water in the dutch oven.
- Always let the pot dry thoroughly after washing it. Use a paper towel to lightly grease the inside of the pan with cooking oil.
- Store the pot in a dry place.
What if there are black flakes in the Dutch oven?
If you see black flakes in your food in the dutch oven, it is because it has not been washed well or your seasoning is flaking off. If your seasoning is flaking off, all you can do is scrub off the flakes and start over.
Seasonings are done with a conventional oven on the cleaning cycle, a fire or on a propane burner. Turn the Dutch oven over and burn off the old seasoning. When the old seasoning is stripped off, let it cool and season again for a new coating.
How to store a dutch oven?
First, keep the Dutch oven away from moisture. It is a hard piece of cast iron that can rust over time and when it’s exposed to water. After drying and seasoning properly, store in a well-ventilated place to avoid rust.
Another great practice is to put something in between the lid and oven to maintain air moment. Keeping a pack of folded paper towels in the oven can prevent the oil from rancid and prevents the iron from rusting.
Is it important to season a dutch oven?
Dutch oven seasoning is the process of applying oil to cast iron to protect it, to prevent rust, and prevent sticking to the surface. It is important to the season before first use.
Is rust on cast iron dangerous?
Most culinary authorities say that if the rusty dish is made of cast iron, it can be completely recycled. Experts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign agree that a small amount of rust won’t hurt you.