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How to Cook in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven

If you have a cast iron Dutch oven and you want to get the best out of it, then it is great to follow these reminders and tips for cooking in it.

A Dutch oven works like a pressure cooker steaming the food from the inside out. The top and bottom of your food will be burned if you let the steam out of the over which will not be helpful to the food at all.

If you want to avoid generating hot spots, the procedure is to rotate your cook ware every 15 minutes, 90 degree turns for both the cookware and the lid but in opposite directions.
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If you place the lid over the fire or stove upside down you can make error free pancakes and eggs that don’t run all over. Because lids are shaped like shallow bowls if you put eggs or pancakes in it, then they will naturally stay in the center.
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Temperature control is the real secret to perfect Dutch oven cooking. While you can use your oven to cook over an open fire, many Dutch ovens use charcoal, particularly those used for camping. Cooking in charcoal has a greater tendency to cook evenly and maintain a more consistent temperature.

If you want to know how much coals to use, the general rule is to use twice as many as the size of your cookware. To illustrate, a 12″ oven will need 24 to 25 coals. The deeper the oven it, the more coals is required. When the day is cold or windy, then you will also need more coals.

The briquettes that you should use are the ones that are of good quality, which are easy to light and will last for a long time. If you want to maintain an even temperature, you should put your briquette on top of and under your Dutch oven.

For those who are using a simple cast iron cookware, you can benefit from this cooking tip. How do you turn an upside down cake out of an oven without the cake getting ruined? You should first let the cake cool in the oven for around 10 minutes. Then with a spatula, run around the inside edge of the oven to loosen the cake. Parchment paper should then be placed across the top of the oven replacing the lid. One gloved hand should then be put on the oven lid and the other under it. Then flip the oven carefully onto the lid. Tap the bottom and sides of the oven lightly to ensure the cake didn’t stick.




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