Dutch Oven 101



Cooking in a Dutch oven can be fun, but you can’t just load your dirty Dutch oven into the dishwasher when the cooking is done. Follow these directions to properly clean and store your Dutch oven.

Dutch Oven 101: Cleaning

Clean  out food residue using cooking oil and paper towels. Add warm soapy water, and wash using a dish cloth or sponge with an abrasive back. Rinse and dry  Dutch oven thoroughly, and wipe off all surfaces with a paper towel to remove any remaining dirt, ash or water (including the bottom and the lid). Coat all surfaces of the oven with cooking oil, starting with the inside. Wipe off any excess oil, replace lid on Dutch oven, and store for the next use. If oil inside oven becomes rancid, wash it with warm soapy water and repeat directions above before using.

Dutch Oven Hummingbird Cake

This Southern cake is traditionally topped with cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans. Try this dutch oven version alongside vanilla or butter pecan ice cream.

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup banana, mashed

Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Add eggs and oil, and mix until just moistened. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread batter evenly in 12″ dutch oven that has been greased and coated with flour. Bake at 350 degrees fro 50-60 minutes (8-10 coals on bottom, 14-20 on top).

Farm to Table Dinner

Is your mouth watering for Dutch oven flavors? Come to the Farm to Table Dinner at the USU Botanical Center on September 15. Renowned Dutch oven chef Blaine Scott will prepare a delicious dinner of roast beef, cheesy potatoes and Mexican-style street corn. A seasonal fruit cobbler will be served to complete the meal. Save your place at the table and buy tickets here.



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