How to Clean and Season Your Dutch Oven

posted Jul 9, 2013, 4:17 PM by Troop814 Webmaster   [ updated Jul 9, 2013, 4:26 PM ]

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  For a new dutch oven or a dutch oven that needs to be seasoned, wash the dutch oven with dish soap and water.  Use a green scouring pad to scrub you dutch oven.  Thoroughly rinse your dutch oven with hot water to remove all soap.  This removes any anti-rust chemicals and anything else that is adhered to the cast iron.  This is the only time that soap will be used for cleaning.

  If you are using your kitchen oven, wrap a large cookie sheet with a raised edge in aluminum foil and place it on the lowest possible shelf of the oven. This cookie sheet catches oil that drips from the dutch oven so make sure it is bigger than the diameter of your dutch oven.  This will reduce excessive smoking in the oven.

  Thoroughly dry the dutch oven and lid with a cotton towel or paper towels. Place it in the grill for a minute or two to really dry it and heat it up a bit. Use an oven mitt to remove the dutch oven from the grill or oven and let it cool just enough so you can touch it.

  Rub vegetable shortening or kitchen grade mineral oil all over the inside and outside of your dutch oven and its lid.  Use a paper towel or cotton rag and rub the shortening into all the pockmarks, holes, and dimples in the metal surface.

Preheat your grill or oven to 350 degrees. 
Place the dutch oven upside down in the grill close the grill lid. By being upside down, the melted shortening will drain out of the dutch oven leaving an even oil coating rather than a pool in the bottom of the oven.

  Place the lid in the grill also so it bakes along with the dutch oven.

  Bake the dutch oven for 30 minutes. Remember to open windows and temporarily disconnect your smoke alarm while doing this.

  Turn off the grill or oven and leave the dutch oven inside to cool for 15 minutes.

  Using an oven mitt and paper towels, remove the cookware from the grill.

  Use paper towels to wipe off excess oil from the inside and outside of the dutch oven and lid.

  Allow the cookware to cool until you can pick it up.

  Wipe off all excess oil with paper or cotton towels and your dutch oven is ready for use!
By: Matthew V.