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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Seasoning Your Dutch Oven


Taking good care of your dutch oven is important if you wish to keep using it for a long time.  Seasoning prevents rust, corrosion, and allows for a non-stick surface to your oven.  Proper seasoning of your oven will  allow you to get years of use out of it.  

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to season your oven:
To properly season a dutch oven you will need about an hour of time.  It is a relatively simple process, but needs to be done correctly.

Here are the steps:
(1) Preheat your over to a minimum of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
(2) If using a kitchen oven, wrap a cookie sheet in aluminum foil and place in your oven's lowest rack.  This will help to prevent oil from dripping all over the oven.
(3) Clean your oven with a mixture of soapy, hot water.  This is the only time you will need to do this.  Once you have initially cleaned your oven with soap and water, it is not recommended you do it again.
(4) Thoroughly dry the dutch oven with a paper towel or cotton cloth.  Then, place it back in your oven or grill to allow it to reheat, and to help it fully dry.
(5) Remove from oven or grill.  Rub vegetable shortening such as Crisco or Wesson all over the oven including all holes or dimples.  DO NOT use butter.  Butter burns! 
(6) Place oven back in your kitchen oven or grill upside down.  This will allow the excess shortening to drip off the grill preventing a pool of it at the bottom.
(7) Bake oven for 45-60 minutes.  Do this with windows open as smoking will occur!
(8) Allow oven to cool after initial "cooking" time for at least 15 minutes.
(9) Remove oven from your kitchen oven or grill.
(10) Using paper towels wipe off the excess shortening. 
(11) Repeat steps 5-9.
(12) Allow to cool completely. 
(13) Wipe off excess shortening. 

Periodic reseasoning of your grill is recommended especially if you cook a lot of acidic foods, or you find that food is starting to stick.  If the oven rusts, reseason it!

Your oven should have a dark coating all over it.  It should appear glossy, but not sticky.  If it's really sticky than you will need to reheat it.


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