For those unsure what, exactly, a Dutch oven is, it is a thick-walled pot with a tight-fitting lid. Well suited to slow cooking roasts, stews, and casseroles in the kitchens of European countries with more inhospitable climates, it has the capacity to maintain heat within itself, concentrating and intensifying the flavors of the recipe. They are typically made from ceramic or cast iron, and so, are very heavy and require a bit of care when handling. However, they offer several benefits over other pots and appliances.
Planned obsolescence proof
If you’re worried about products that quickly burn out forcing you to to buy them again and again, then this product is for you. Dutch ovens are made to last for many years. However, they need care, especially if they are made of cast iron. Never wash them with soap and water like you might with other pots or pans, as this can lead to rust. To preserve yours, you should let it rest with coarse salt to absorb the residual fat from cooking, and then wipe it out, avoiding using water at all costs.
Dutch oven or Thermomix?
Technology has come a long way in aiding us with useful gadgets that streamline the preparation of meals. A device like a Thermomix that boasts 24 functions could be seen as a counter argument to what appears to be a glorified cauldron. But keep in mind this pan is multipurpose too; you can use it for browning, baking, roasting, boiling, and frying.
In a bit of culinary nesting dolls, you can put your Dutch oven in the oven, and due to its thermodynamic powers, it can resist long exposure to high temperatures. Inexpensive brands, like Tramontina’s, can be easily purchased. However, we recommend higher quality models such as those made by Le Creuset, Cuisinart, or Kohl.