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New Dutch Ovens

Postby Vedette » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:43 pm

Well, a year ago I hardly knew what a DO was and did not think I would ever be using one to cook our meals.
But all of a sudden we are using our 12" regular Lodge at least once a week and having friends and family over for DO night.
Have had an 8" waiting for me on the other side of the border for a month now, and Yesterday after having friends over Saturday night for a new recipe.
|I got on eBay and bought TWO more ( Lodge 10" and 14" deep)
Guess you could say we are officially hooked! :twisted:
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby bobhenry » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:20 am

so is the food any good.................. ?


and just where are the pictures :D
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby grantstew8 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:18 am

Just like Vedette, I barely knew what a Dutch oven was before I started building my TD and reading this forum.

I've been watching ebay for months and found one; I bought it for £30 $50(ish) inc delivery It's a Staub Cocotte, made in France with a self basting lid.
It's a reasonable size and probably too big for the two of us. In the photo I've included a mug and tape to try and show the proportion and size of the DO.

I can't wait to test it out....so many other things to do.....

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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby Vedette » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:13 am

Dutch Oven cooking has become our new form of entertaining.
Everyone that come for diner now gets subjected to a DO cooked meal on the deck.
Love it!
We have 4 DO's now and a Waffle Iron.
Even getting back to the old cast iron frying pan as opposed to the new non stick frying pans that only work for about a month.
Then everything sticks to them??? :cry:
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby Maureenm » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:45 pm

Yes, Bobhenry, the food is great! I've only had Sandi's now famous chicken, but it's delicious. :wine:
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby Vedette » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:48 am

Thanks Maureen
We are practicing so we can expand the menu for the 2014 Camping season. :twisted:
Bring your plates!! :R oh and a bottle of Red!!!! :wine:
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby KennethW » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:52 am

What mystifies me is why do people think cast iron is only for camping ? I learned that a properly seasoned cast iron fry pan is a lot better (holds the heat and nonstick)then most if not all other pans. On top of that they last a very long time so buying the best cast iron (If used) is a lot cheaper. :applause:
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby grantstew8 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:01 pm

You're right it's not just for camping. One serious downside with cast iron is weight. As an everyday pan and pot it's heavy empty and when full difficult to lift. I can, because I'm 6' 200lb of rippling muscle :) and lifting off a glass top stove or out of the oven is easy. Sara who is a 5' weakling (her strengths lie elsewhere) she needs to wait until I get home. Yes there are a range of sizes however compared with stainless I lost the argument based on weight alone.

When we camp I am around to lift heavy things, so it works. No glass top to smash or scratch. (No comment on my intellect) :lol:
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby tony.latham » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:29 am

I've been using aluminum DOs for camping and at home for thirty years. I have no interest in switching back. They're great.
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby grantstew8 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:28 pm

Of course, I'd not thought about Aluminium...
We had a rounded lid cast Iron pots, I did not know they were called a dutch ovens and were used in the aga. Too heavy and I gave them away. :?
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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby tony.latham » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:11 pm

I cut the legs off of my (aluminum) Dutches. That should make some heads turn. I do this for two reasons, the first is that you can cook on your stove without the legs. The second is that the legs take up storage space. I've got a wooden box my 12" fits in and my 10" fits inside it (if you flip its lid over). When I want to cook using traditional charcoal briquette cooking, I find three egg size rocks and use them for legs.

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Re: New Dutch Ovens

Postby bdosborn » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:00 pm

tony.latham wrote:I've been using aluminum DOs for camping and at home for thirty years. I have no interest in switching back. They're great.


We switched to the GSI anodized aluminum DO about two years ago. We never could get the seasoning right on out cast iron pots, it was always a mess to cleanup. The aluminum is light, and best of all, cleans up with soap and a scratchy!

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