At A Stylish Kitchen, we consider our Dutch ovens to be one of the most essential cooking tools in the kitchen. You can braise in it, bake in it, prepare wonderful soups and stews in it and you can even fry in it. The Dutch oven is a versatile piece of cookware essential to your stylish kitchen and they are so pretty to boot!
What is a Dutch oven? It is a deep, heavy pot most commonly made of cast-iron and it has an equally heavy and tight fitting lid which traps steam and heat producing wonderful outcomes. The Dutch oven made of cast iron may be enamel coated which will make the surface non-reactive to acidic foods, or it can be made from high quality stainless steel or aluminum. You want the walls and bottom of the Dutch oven to be thick and the pan should feel heavy. You want to be sure the lid fits securely. The thick walls and tight fitting lid allow the Dutch oven to create an even and steady temperature which is why it is so great for producing moist and delicately tender meats and vegetables.