Dutch Oven Cooking Time - How to Clean Oven

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I have been checking into how to clean my dutch ovens. I bought new ovens and seasoned them while taking a class in college. Now my dutch ovens have been sitting there waiting for me to use them. I have been running back and forth from one state to another for two years and I do not even remember if I put newspaper in them so they would not go rancid. This is why I have been searching for ways to fix that so I can get them out and use them.

One suggestion I found that might save me from re-seasoning my dutch oven is to place the oven on the coals or another heat source, put in one cup of vinegar in the oven and fill oven with water. After it comes to a boil the extra possibly rancid oil should release from the oven. Boiling about a 1/2 hour. Pour out the water and reheat to dry the oven. After it is cool put a paper towel or newspaper between the lid and the oven. Place the paper so that it is partially inside the oven and partially outside of the oven.

Does anyone else have any suggestions on how to take care of an oven that may be rancid? Anyone have a great recipe I should try? 

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Rainmaker
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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
I have always cleaned mine as you describe - I have also simply thrown mine in the fireplace with a fire - then when the fire went out scrubbed it - then heating in the oven and re-oiling it - my understanding is heat is the best - since it opens the pores of the cast iron
May 05, 2008 03:41 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT
I seasoned them in my oven and that was smoky. I am considering the BBQ grill next time I have to heat them through.
May 05, 2008 03:53 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Carol Judd
New Star Real Estate - Vernal, UT
Vernal Utah Real Estate

We had alot of smoky smell when doing them in the oven.  That was when new though.

 

May 07, 2008 09:32 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT
I hope it isn't as bad the next time around because I would not be putting shortening on them. I would just be burning any extra oil that may have gone rancid off of them.
May 07, 2008 10:24 AM #4
Rainer
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Patrice Estess
PB APPRAISALS - Kerhonkson, NY
I would reseason from an outside fire source.  The heat is the best thing to insure it is done properly but the smoke would be terrible ...
May 08, 2008 01:28 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT
I am hoping this will work and that I won't have to reseason them. Some one told me if they don't smell rancid they are okay.? 
May 08, 2008 04:41 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Have you ever made "dutch oven cobbler"? If not I would definitly suggest it.

1 white cake mix

1 can 7-up(sprite also works but the 7-up seems to turn out better)

2 cans fruit filling(apples,peaches and blueberries work out the best)

Pour pie filling in the oven. In a separate bowl mix the cake mix and 7-up, then dump  over the top of the fruit filling. Bake with 15-20 hot coals on top and 15-20 on the bottom. Continue to cook until lightly browned. Enjoy!

May 19, 2008 05:21 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT

Thanks for the information. That recipe would have more liquid than the one I used. I am determined to keep trying!

May 20, 2008 04:28 AM #8
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