curing a dutch oven

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curing a dutch oven

Postby NightCap » Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:01 pm

I did a search on curing a DO, but could not find the following info. Is there a DO section to the forums or is it entwined with cooking and camping secrets? I did a search on the internet to get the curing info. Also does this sound correct to everyone?

Curing It

To cure your oven, pre-heat your kitchen stove to 350 degrees. Place the Dutch oven on the center rack, with the lid open slightly.

Allow it to heat slowly until it is too hot to handle. Apply a thin layer of salt free cooking oil with a clean cloth to the Dutch oven inside and out.

Place your oven back inside the stove with the lid slightly open. Bake your oven for about an hour.

.Repeat

After baking , allow the Dutch oven to cool slowly.

When it is cool enough to handle, repeat the oil again the same as before and bake again.

When cool enough apply a third layer of oil, but this time it is ready for use.

Preparing your Dutch oven in this way prevents rust and makes for much easier cleaning as well
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Postby Dale M. » Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:44 pm

Try a more generic search, "curing cast iron cookware".... GOOGLE produced for a start....

http://housewares.about.com/od/cookware ... stiron.htm
http://www.kitchenemporium.com/info/castiron.html

I particularly like one below...

http://www.melindalee.com/Cast-Iron.html

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Remember to not use any harsh scrubbing implements or course abrasives when cleaning, dry over heat and be sure surface is lightly oiled when stored for long time....

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Postby Ma3tt » Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:09 pm

I predict this thread will eventually discuss electrolysis......
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Postby steve wolverton » Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:53 pm

So, what do you guys think about electrolysis?
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Postby Kurt (Indiana) » Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:54 pm

Ma3tt wrote:I predict this thread will eventually discuss electrolysis......


electrolysis......???

Nope, I use charcoal with my DO. :oops: :o :thinking:
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Postby Podunkfla » Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:31 pm

steve wolverton wrote:So, what do you guys think about electrolysis?

I think my girlfriend had her bikini line done that way... :o
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Re: curing a dutch oven

Postby Kevin A » Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:38 pm

NightCap wrote:I did a search on curing a DO, but could not find the following info. Is there a DO section to the forums or is it entwined with cooking and camping secrets? I did a search on the internet to get the curing info. Also does this sound correct to everyone?

Curing It

To cure your oven, pre-heat your kitchen stove to 350 degrees. Place the Dutch oven on the center rack, with the lid open slightly.

Allow it to heat slowly until it is too hot to handle. Apply a thin layer of salt free cooking oil with a clean cloth to the Dutch oven inside and out.

Place your oven back inside the stove with the lid slightly open. Bake your oven for about an hour.

.Repeat

After baking , allow the Dutch oven to cool slowly.

When it is cool enough to handle, repeat the oil again the same as before and bake again.

When cool enough apply a third layer of oil, but this time it is ready for use.

Preparing your Dutch oven in this way prevents rust and makes for much easier cleaning as well

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Here's one of the better DO sites, you can't go wrong with Byron's tips on seasoning your DO.
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Postby Scooter » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:00 pm

Podunkfla wrote:
steve wolverton wrote:So, what do you guys think about electrolysis?

I think my girlfriend had her bikini line done that way... :o

This thread is worthless without pics. :lol: :lol:
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Postby NightCap » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:05 pm

Thanks Kevin A, Dale. The rest of you, Pffft :D
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Postby doug hodder » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:19 pm

Nightcap....actually Ma3tt doesn't deserve the Pffft....its one method to prepare the oven prior to seasoning...Doug
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Postby martha24 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:20 pm

Nightcap,
I just seasoned a couple DOs, and read a variety of directions.
What I did was sort of a combination. I did the first hour at 350 - 375 temperature. That didn't get it all that black. I did the second hour at 500 for one hour, turned off the oven and let it sit for an hour. The higher temperature gets it blacker.
The only problem I noted it where the DO hits the oven rack, the oil seems to stick better to the rack than the DO, leaving lines on the DO.
I did them in my kitchen oven, and didn't have a problem with smoke, some smell but did have windows open. My oven is a self cleaning type, and if I ran that it runs a lot hotter and longer than doing a DO & doesn't smoke up the whole house so I figured it shouldn't be too big a problem to do a DO. Besides my barbecue isn't very big anyway.
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Postby martha24 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:37 pm

Also for anybody who missed it, Steve did a fantastic job with his thread:
Members advise Manuals, Products, Tools & Iron for Cooks under
Recipes by and for teardroppers

here is the part dealing with seasoning:
Members advise Manuals, Products, Tools & Iron for Cooks

Dutch Oven discussions of Cleaning, Seasoning & Storing Cleaning
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=14602
Seasoning
Rocky’s way
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=10588
Much discussion on seasoning
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=8779
Storing
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=12494

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Postby NightCap » Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:35 pm

doug hodder wrote:Nightcap....actually Ma3tt doesn't deserve the Pffft....its one method to prepare the oven prior to seasoning...Doug


Sorry Ma3tt. I had no idea. :oops: I take back the ill thrown pffft. I'll haveta read up on the procedure.

Thanks Martha. I wound up doing it in my oven as well. Got some good smoke. I will see if stuff sticks on my next outing. I cured 2 twelves an eight and three skillets. I can't find a couple of others I have been looking for like my griddle.
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Postby Kurt (Indiana) » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:36 pm

Nightcap, The seasoning process really works well if done the way you described. I usually boil the residue out after cooking and then coat the entire DO with light oil again. Storing the oil rag inside seems to help also.

I get a little rust on my skillet, but need to work on that a little.

Have fun with it, it can be your best friend. :thinking:
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Postby dmb90260 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:10 pm

Podunkfla wrote:
steve wolverton wrote:So, what do you guys think about electrolysis?

I think my girlfriend had her bikini line done that way... :o

She did not try the ripped jean shorts - sparking grinder method?
Must not have been a teardrop person. ;)
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