You’ve just finished a big fabulous family feast and now you need to clean and care for your Dutch oven. The cleaning and care process for your Dutch oven is rather simple. That being said, people ruin their Dutch oven every single day by not properly taking care of it. These are some very helpful tips and tricks when taking care and cleaning your Dutch oven.
How To Cleaning And Care For Your Dutch Oven
First: If you are at home turn on the sink and get the water as hot as possible. If you’re camping you can skip the step.
Second: Rid your Dutch oven of any leftovers, food particles or any standing food in the oven.
Third: Fill your Dutch oven with the hot water that’s been running in the background while you’re tending to the food particles in your Dutch oven. If you’re camping just fill it full of water and place the Dutch oven back on the campfire.
Fourth: Use a light scrub brush to clean the inside of your Dutch oven.
(Note: Do not ever use dish soap or a Brillo pad/scratcher on your Dutch oven. If you use dish open it will taint the seasoning and you’ll taste dish soap in your food flavor forever. If you use a Brillo pad or scratcher you can actually damage the seasoning layer that has been applied to your Dutch oven.)
Fifth: Rinse out the Dutch oven with freshwater. If there are still a few food particles repeat the steps again until all the food particles are gone.
Sixth: Dry the inside of the Dutch oven with a paper towel or cloth and try to soak up as much standing water as you can.
Seventh: Turn your oven on to about 200° and place the Dutch oven with the lid on it upside down back inside the oven. If you’re camping just place the Dutch oven back on the campfire. When the cast-iron is heated the iron with expanding which will allow the Dutch to fully dry and prevent the oven from rusting.
Eight: Remove the Dutch oven from the oven or the campfire. Once the oven has cooled off apply a light layer of all of oil to the entire oven. By doing this it will prolong the life of your oven. You want the oven to be warm wind doing this so the pores of the cast-iron will absorb all of oil.
There you have it! By following these simple and easy steps to cleaning and caring for your Dutch oven it will last you a lifetime. You will be able to pass this Dutch oven from generation to generation.
Here is a trick to removing a discolored (black) patches from the distracted cook:
To remove burnt patches, let the pot cool down, fill about 1/4 the way with water, add a handful of baking SODA and boil up. Then let sit off heat. The action of the alkaline soda on the somewhat acidic burnt food will lift it right off the bottom in big flakes. Then you can wash out the pot as usual. For stains, you can use a paste of baking soda or try some Bar Keeper’s Friend (which is said to be non-abrasive.) The pot will eventually stain a bit on the bottom, and that is called “patina”; in other words, don’t fret.