Things I Love

August 28, 2013

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Taking the bread out of the oven this morning, it hit me that this wonderfully homely creature is the most-used pot I've got.

I bought my Dutch oven at a thrift store, maybe thirty years ago, for five bucks. Since then I've used it almost every day.  It's perfect for baking bread; if you put it in a really hot oven before you put the dough in, it becomes an oven within an oven, shooting intense heat at your dough from all sides so it emerges with a fine, crisp crust.

It's wonderful for braises; the little raised points inside collect steam, returning it as liquid so your meat is constantly basting itself. Nothing makes a better pot roast. On top of the stove it's teh perfect vehicle for stews, soups and sauces. 

You could buy a new Dutch oven, but why would you?  Thrift stores almost always have a few on hand. It's not just that you're saving money, but getting a little bit of history as well.  I like to think about my Dutch oven's last life – and wonder about its next one. 

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  • Emily Adams says:

    You can cook bread in a Dutch oven? I definitely going to try this. I have a Dutch oven, but I’ve never used it to bake inside, much less bread. I’m excited to try it!

  • Emily Adams says:

    You can cook bread in a Dutch oven? I definitely going to try this. I have a Dutch oven, but I’ve never used it to bake inside, much less bread. I’m excited to try it! (Oops, re-posting this. Sorry for the duplicate!)
    ~Emily
    http://www.theorangeslate.com

  • Great tip about the little spikes in the lid! I dont have a Dutch oven yet, but I’ll now be on the lookout with one containing that feature! Thanks!

  • I have one that I have used for years. The best story is that a few years ago I took a plane trip with it as a carry-on, and inside it was an Appalachian apple stack cake my mom had made. I felt like someone from the Beverly Hillbillies….and not at all embarrassed about the fact.

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