Seasoning A Dutch Oven
The first step in Dutch Oven care is seasoning. You'll need to do this before you use it.
This will turn your Dutch Oven into a fabulous non-stick pot which will be a breeze to use and to clean.
This aspect of Dutch Oven care takes some time and effort, but it's worth it! If all goes well, you will have to do this only once.
Season your Dutch Oven as soon as you get it!
You will need
- vegetable oil
- paper towels or a clean rag
- baking sheets
What to do
- Make sure your Dutch oven is completely dry.
- Preheat your kitchen oven to 190'C.
- Use a paper towel or a clean rag to coat the Dutch oven (inside and out) with a generous layer of vegetable oil.
- Do the same to the top and bottom of the lid.
- Place the Dutch oven and the lid upside down on baking sheets and place them in the oven.
- You many wan to open a window or turn the extractor fan on at this stage. There will be some smoke and odor.
- Bake for about an hour.
- Turn off the oven and allow the Dutch oven and lid to cool slowly. (It's easiest to let them cool overnight.)
- Repeat the process: preheat the oven, coat the pieces with oil, place them upside down, bake for an hour and let cool.
- You're almost done! Now, just warm the Dutch oven on the stove and coat its interior with oil one more time.
Your Dutch oven is seasoned and ready to use!
The great thing is that each time you use the Dutch oven, you'll be re-seasoning it as you cook! The more you use it, the better seasoned it will be!