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Did You Ever Wonder About Dutch Oven Cooking Over Coals?
Just like convection cooking a dutch oven is nothing more or less then a cooking pot. It is an iron, most of the times cast iron, thick walled cooking pot that has a lid that is tight fitted. In the past, dutch oven cooking over coals would mean that the whole pot, even the lid, was covered with coals just to make sure that the heat would be all around the pot. When you buy a dutch oven these days it will have legs to hold it above the coals. You will even see that a flange is added to keep the coals out of the food. This type of cooking is a slow and intense process.
A very popular way of cooking with a dutch oven is using it to prepare a roast. The oven will make sure that the meat is evenly cooked because of the thick walls which makes it very insulated. It is a delicious way of cooking and all the juices will absorbed by the meat, because it is a closed system they are steamed up and fall down on the roast again. Mix">All the flavors of the vegetables and all the spices that are there in the pot together with the meat will circulate together and are going to be present in every bite you take.
So you see that dutch oven cooking over coals can really be ideal for the next time you think about getting a roast done for the family. It will be hard to overcook and get a dry piece of meat.
Using a dutch oven for your stew is, of course, perfect just for the fact that a stew needs to simmer slowly. The combination of liquid and solid food, using meat or seafood, vegetables and spices all together slowly cooking in this oven is just perfect. All the flavors of all these ingredients will melt together and the lid on the oven will make sure that it doesn't cook dry.
You will find that a casserole is not that different from a stew, the only difference being that the the meat and vegetables are cut in smaller pieces. A casserole often is served in the dish in which it was cooked. A dutch oven is a perfect piece to put on the table and even more perfect to cook your casserole in.
When your an outdoor person and go camping a lot it will be nice to know that dutch oven cooking over coals can also be done on the camping site. The newer ovens are designed to be more convenient in this way but still have the same basic functions.
Just give it a try, if you have never done this type of cooking try and find people who have experience with it and ask them for advice. Ones you see, and most of all, taste what you can create with a dutch oven you will never do it any other way. Your table guests will love you for it.
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