Our Dutch oven has become a very integral part of our homestead. It is extremely versatile and can bring the entire family together around the campfire as the aroma fills the air. There are some things to look for, though, when you look for a dutch oven for your homestead.
If you are planning to cook outdoors with your Dutch oven, you will want to get what is known as a “camp oven.” These will come on three short legs under it and a lid that is flanged. Between the three legs is the place your charcoal ring will go. You can also put charcoal in a layer on top of the flanged lid in order to help the cooking process and keep the heat in your oven.
Here are five things to remember when you go to buy your Dutch oven at the store:
- Make sure the Dutch oven you buy has the three stubby legs under it. This will help life the oven up some, keeping it out of the fire and allowing your food to cook more evenly with less spots that get too hot.
- Look closely over the lid. Is it able to fit all the way around securely without any gaps? You will want the lid to fit tight in order to keep the heat in the oven, which makes your food taste better. If you happen to get a lid that doesn’t fit well, you can use a compound for valve grinding on the rim and the edge of the lid on your oven, then twist the lid to find the right fit.
- Inspect the casting of the metal. The metal should be about the same thickness around the entire oven. If it has thin spots, cold and hot spots will be created during the cooking process, thus causing food that is either undercooked or overcooked.
- Make sure to get an oven that has a wire loop handle on the lid. This is important for lifting the oven safely out of the fire.
- Test the wire hand on the lid. Is is strong enough to use in order to life the pot?
Once the Dutch oven has passed these tests, you have found a good one. Now go enjoy cooking your food over the fire!