2.07.2013

How to Master Your Kitchen


durable dutch oven


For the third installment of How to Master Your Kitchen, I am sharing a favorite pot of mine, the classic dutch oven. A Dutch oven is a very heavy duty pot that retains heat and conduct heat more effectively. Dutch ovens are heavier than your normal sauce pans and are a great cooking vessel for braises, stews, pot roasts and slow-simmered soups. Dutch ovens can also be known as cast iron, and they be cooking on the stove top and then transferred into the oven to finish cooking, just remember to use oven mitts to remove the Dutch oven.
If a recipe calls for browning your beef or pork, a Dutch oven is the best cooking pot to use.

This very useful pot is good for frying foods in because the sides are very tall and will keep the oil an even temperature.
When choosing a Dutch oven, it is better if it is enamel coated because the coating will last a lifetime and you don't have to preseason your Dutch oven before each cooking.

I recently made a pot roast, it was Pioneer Woman Cooks recipe, in my Dutch oven and the results were amazing. I also heard that there is an overnight bread recipe that calls to be cooked in the Dutch oven, I need to try that recipe.
My Dutch oven is part of the Martha Stewart collection and ever since my mom got this for me one Christmas, I am constantly using this pot. Some Dutch ovens, the top of the line, like Le Creuset will set you back a few hundred dollars but you can find some reasonably priced Dutch ovens.
Thank you all for commenting on this series, your comments encourage me and excite me for each installments in this series. If you have a favorite tool let me know, I would love to feature it or if you have any suggestions, talk to me.
The two previous installments of this series are a zester and a food processor.


24 comments:

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

Our Le Creuset pots are like my babies. I cook everything in them!!

Simply LKJ said...

We had a lodge cast iron one, but recently spent the bucks on a Staub...we are in love!!!!

McKenna Ryan said...

I really need to buy myself a great Dutch Oven. I will have to make that purchase soon. xx. McKenna Lou
www.lynnandlou.com

Jessi Bridges said...

I LOVE my dutch oven. I don't know what I'd do without it!! I have that red one in the picture at the top. I actually store it just sitting on the stove top because I love looking at it all the time :)

Mellissa Rondinelli said...

Love this! I've been thinking about purchasing one - good to know there are cheaper ones out there. Love these posts you are doing!

Shia
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Sarah and Stewart said...

I think I may have gotten one of these as a wedding present, but I'm not sure since all our gifts have been stored in my parents garage for the past year. I guess I'll find out when we move into our new house and open all our stuff!

Richelle Lynn Garn said...

I have a camping dutch oven. I really need to get a kitchen dutch oven. I really love these mastering your kitchen posts. Thank you Megan.

Kristin @ w/milk and sugar said...

I have the same Martha Stewart one (same color too!) and use it all the time. It is so convenient for transferring to the oven.

Heather said...

I don't have one of these yet! Thanks for sharing. I will add one to my wishlist.

Rachel said...
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Rachel said...

I love a good heavy duty dutch oven! Le Creuset is worth every penny, that Martha Stewart one looks super nice though too!

Amanda said...

I could not live without my dutch oven! Whenever I'm cooking for a crowd I always use a recipe that can be cooked in mine!

Krista said...

I have the same Martha Stewart one in yellow :)

Darby Hawley said...

I want one of these sooooo badly!!! I love the bright colors; so pretty!

Alexa said...

Such a good run-down of dutch ovens. I'm going to get one for my Dad for Father's Day, so needed some guidance on the matter! :)

B said...

oh i love dutch ovens! perfect for the "one pot wonder" and you picked some very pretty ones to display!!

Allison Clements said...

I wanted to put this on my wedding registry, but we forgot :( They are amazing!

Oh and I told you I would find you :)
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Oh, My Darling said...

I've always wanted to get a dutch oven!

Maggie Donnelly said...

I can't wait to get some dutch oven pans of my own! =) They look so sturdy and pretty all at the same time. I love all the colors they come in, too. Thanks for sharing!
~Maggie

birdie to be said...

I definitely need one of these! Happy Friday! Xo

Wendy said...

Amen all the way... Too the dutch oven and the Pioneer Woman's recipes (they never let me down)!

Anne said...

I love using my Dutch oven....but I DESPISE cleaning it afterward. Yes, I hate doing dishes!

Glad I found your blog!

Ashley said...

The pioneer woman recipe for pot roast is my favorite!!

Maggy said...

This is great! Do more! I love cooking and I don't have a Dutch oven, but I have also only really associated it with roasts. I wasn't clear on what else I could use it for and since a roast isn't really in our budget, I was on the edge on how much I'd really need one. Maybe I will start saving my pennies!