What is a Dutch Oven?
A dutch oven is a wide, relatively shallow pot with a tight-fitting lid that can be used for anything from one-pot meals to crusty homemade breads to a savory and aromatic brisket cooked low and slow all day long.
Dutch ovens are heavy, often made of cast-iron and are capable of maintaining a temperature for a long period of time whether on the stove or in the oven. With the help of a dutch oven, you can braise, sauteé, simmer, slow cook and more.
The two most common types of dutch ovens are enameled cast-iron and traditional cast-iron. Enameled cast–iron has a smooth, non-porous surface and can go from the stovetop, to the oven straight to the table. They should not be subjected to extremely high temperatures, so avoid using your enameled cast-iron dutch oven on a grill or in a campfire.
Traditional cast-iron dutch ovens are sturdy and durable. They should be seasoned before they are used and should only be cleaned with hot water. Just like their enameled counterparts, traditional cast-iron dutch ovens can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. They can also be used over the campfire or on a grill, for even more versatility.