Why is a Dutch Oven Called a Dutch Oven?

Have you ever had something pop into your head and you wondered why it is named that? You do not need to be a linguist to ponder this question.

In fact, one of the most commonly searched terms about Dutch ovens is related to how a Dutch oven got its name. Have you been wondering this too? If you have been wondering how a Dutch oven got its name, check out the article below for additional history about the Dutch oven.

History about the Dutch Oven

While it is unclear exactly when the Dutch oven was invented it became known to the public in the 17th century when someone named Abraham Darby visited the Netherlands from England.

He had the opportunity to see how individuals in the Netherlands cooked and as a result of how he saw the Dutch people cooking while in the Netherlands, he decided to patent a product that resembled that and he called it a Dutch oven. This term has stuck around since the time he invented it.

The Dutch oven that was introduced in America had less depth than the pots that were originally used. Additionally, several feet were added so that it could be used over fires.

Since the time that the Dutch oven was introduced, it was an incredibly popular product (largely for the same reason it is today). Namely, the ovens were known to last a long time and be able to be used in a variety of different ways.

Are there Different Types of Dutch Ovens?

Yes, there are indeed several different types of Dutch ovens. One of the first types of Dutch ovens that emerged were those used for camping. These ovens tended to be slightly different from the Dutch ovens that were made for home uses. For example, they had legs so that they could be used over fire and a lid that is concave in order to allow for coals to be placed on top of the lid.

Another type of Dutch oven was used in South Africa. This type of oven is called “potjie” which means little pot in English. This type of Dutch oven was also tweaked a little bit to fit within the cooking context of the South African nation.

More specifically, the bottom of this pot was rounder than pots from other areas. These pots were especially common among the Zulus and other area tribes.

A third type of Dutch oven was called the Chugun. This type of pot was primarily used in Asia and Eastern Europe. It has a wide top and a narrow bottom. It is traditionally larger than the Dutch oven types that were described above. It requires a long tool (with a handle) be used in order to place it into the fire.

Do I Need to Season My Dutch Oven?

Whether you need to season your Dutch oven depends largely on whether you have an enameled Dutch oven or whether you have a cast iron Dutch oven. If you have an enameled Dutch oven, you will never need to season your Dutch oven. However, the tradeoff is that your oven might be more prone to having food stick to it than the bare cast iron Dutch oven.

If you have the bare cast iron Dutch oven, you do indeed need to season your Dutch oven prior to its first use and then on a regular basis after that. In order to clean cast-iron products, you need to use hot or boiling water, a steel brush, and no soap.

Make sure that you allow the product to completely dry before doing anything to it. After the Dutch oven has completely dried, you will want to use a little cooking oil and rub it all over to avoid rust from developing on the cast-iron.

What Should I Consider When Purchasing a Dutch Oven?

If you are planning to purchase a Dutch oven, there are several factors that you will want to consider. A primary consideration for many people is the cost. In general, the bare cast iron Dutch ovens tend to cost less than the enameled Dutch ovens.

In addition to costing less, the bare cast iron tends to hold up better over time, so you will incur less of a cost replacing the product. It is important to consider how large of a Dutch oven you want. Some ovens are just big enough to make 1-2 meals, while others have enough capacity to feed a very large family. The larger you go the more time it will take to heat the material.

For many people, the aesthetic appeal is an important consideration. In general, the enameled Dutch ovens tend to offer many more color choices in eye catching colors. However, the cast iron Dutch ovens usually come in a plain black color.

It is incredibly important to think about what types of food you will be cooking in your new Dutch oven. In fact, this should be one of the first considerations that you contemplate.

The reason is that if you are planning to make foods that have a high level of acidity, such as tomato sauces for pizza or pasta, chili, or vegetable soup, you will likely want an enameled Dutch oven. The acidity in certain types of food will damage the bare cast iron and you will be required to season it much more frequently.

Another factor that many people find important is the quality of the warranty that comes with the product. Some of the better companies offer a lifetime warranty, since these Dutch ovens (especially the bare cast iron) are made to be very durable. However, the enamel Dutch ovens tend to have a shorter lifespan, even if you are very diligent about cleaning them.

A final consideration that is important is whether you are willing to have additional metals added to your food. The bare cast iron products deposit additional iron into your food, which is a concern for some people while other people like the added vitamins. If you do not want anything added to your food, then the enamel Dutch oven is a better choice.

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