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Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:36:39 PM »
I have always loved to grill and smoke various foods outdoors, and recently have began setting up to do some Dutch oven cooking.
I have used cast iron skillets and griddles for many years, but never for slow-cooking/baking.

I hope to be posting a few recipes and/or experiences soon.

 
Anyone else a fan of, or old hand at this?
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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 12:44:10 PM »
I make a skillet corn bread that's pretty tasty!  Lack a Dutch oven at the moment, AKA, The oven of yesteryear.

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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2014, 01:04:21 PM »
I have all my grandmother's old cast iron cookware. She didn't use a Dutch oven though.

I just got a new 12" Carolina from our local ag supply store last week...... It is pre-seasoned, but not knowing what they use, I want to clean it and season it my self before cooking in it.
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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2014, 01:23:35 PM »
Pork product+ beans= win. Chillie is awesome too.  Otherwise any thing you would cook in a crock pot is great in a slow cooker.
I always break all the clay pigeons,  some times its even with lead.

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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2014, 03:45:39 PM »
When I was an Explorer leader, we would use a cast iron dutch oven with a rim around the top of the lid.  maybe an inch tall.

We would dig a pit a bit bigger around and deeper than the dutch oven and burn wood to hot embers...then scoop them out leaving the bottom covered and put the dutch ove in....and cover the sides and top with the embers.

Don't remember what we made...but it was always good.

http://www.outdoorcooking.com/camp-chef-classic-10-dutch-oven.html?gdftrk=gdfV25448_a_7c1850_a_7c7563_a_7cSDO10&gclid=CI_564668r0CFdBcMgodNG4Ayg
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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2014, 07:06:07 PM »
I use peanut oil to season my cast iron because it has a high smoke point. And I never use soap to wash cast iron except when I haven't seasoned it yet. I may have said this before but my ex wrecked my big skillet by putting it in the dishwasher. It took years to get it solid black again. Now it's almost non-stick.
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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2014, 07:27:49 PM »
A high smoke point might not be the best way.

Some say that a temperature around the smoke point of the oil or fat should be targeted since this will allow vaporization of impurities from the oil, and polymerization and carbonization to occur.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasoning_%28cookware%29

Here is what Lodge sells for the seasoning job.  Seems expensive.  I use bacon grease.

http://www.lodgemfg.com/cooking-accessories/seasoning-spray

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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2014, 07:52:15 PM »
Lard!  Canola oil and crisco be damned!  Stick with good old lard!

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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2014, 08:03:24 PM »
Some good stuff if  you are into cast iron.

I read a couple of years ago that the seasoning process occurs when the heated iron with the carbonized oil has it's expanded pores filled with the carbon material...and when it cool, it compresses the trapped carbon material ...

Haven't see that verified anywhere else...but his link gets close to that.

http://www.cookingissues.com/2010/02/16/heavy-metal-the-science-of-cast-iron-cooking/
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Re: Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooking
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2014, 11:25:28 AM »
Lard!  Canola oil and crisco be damned!  Stick with good old lard!

That is what my grandmother used.....so I do too. Pure lard.
The secret is to put just enough of a coating on that it renders and goes into the pores, and wiping off the excess so that it doesn't get rancid if stored for long periods without use.
I have some of her skillets that are 60+ years old and they have better non-stick surfaces than the best teflon pans.


And, like Frank said, soap is a no-no....unless you are planning to re-season.

Solus, the one you linked to is like the one I have. Made with the lip around the lid for top-coals style cooking.

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