5 Things You Should Know Before You Cook With a Dutch Oven
You may have received a dutch oven over the holidays and were left wondering what exactly you can do with it? Aside from its centerpiece-worthy status, your new Le Creuset, Lodge, or Staub dutch oven can do much more than just look pretty. This not-so-humble kitchen workhorse is arguably one of the most versatile tools to add to your cooking arsenal.
A dutch oven is a large, cast iron cooking pot that comes with a fitted lid, and generally has a seasoned or enamel-coated nonstick surface. Though it may come with a hefty price tag, it can help you accomplish your most ambitious culinary goals with its ability to withstand a variety of cooking techniques like baking and braising, to name a few.
Start the year off right with a pot of homemade bone broth or a hearty lentil stew using your soon-to-be-adored dutch oven. Or, continue the bread-baking craze that took 2020 by storm by making perfectly golden loaves with steamy, pillowy centers using your cast iron pot. Though it may seem slightly intimidating at first, we've compiled a few helpful tips for making cooking in a dutch oven a worry-free task (and be sure to read the biggest mistakes you're making with cast iron cookware, including dutch ovens).