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What is a Dutch Oven?

A Dutch oven is a thick-walled iron (usually cast iron) cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid.

A cast iron Dutch oven can be used in the oven, on a stove top or over a campfire. Dutch ovens can be used for many different cooking techniques from simple steaming through to baking.

American History
The Dutch oven is as popular now as ever. Dutch ovens have evolved over time with the addition of legs to keep it above the coals, it became shallower and a flange was added to the lid to keep the coals out of the food whilst removing the lid.

Colonists and settlers loved the dutch oven for its versatility and durability.  It could be used for roasting, frying, baking, stews and boiling.  Just about anything could be prepared in a dutch oven.  They were so valuable they were mentioned in wills in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The dutch oven was part of the equipment carried by Lewis & Clark when they explored the great American Northwest in 1804-1806.  It's popularity quickly spread across the North American continent as the early pioneers settled.  It has become Utah's official state cooking pot.

Dutch ovens were also used by the mountain men when exploring the great American frontier in the late 1800s, and on cattle drives from the mid-1800s into the early 1900s.  Every chuckwagon cook had numerous Dutch ovens.  He was able to cook up a pot of beans, make pies, chili, biscuits and even a full roast dinner.  Enough to keep the cowboys well fed whilst working hard on the cattle drives.

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