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A CENTURIES OLD TRADITION

A CENTURIES OLD TRADITION

Dutch Ovens have been in use for many centuries.  In the United States, they were especially useful as the country expanded westward. Families could not bring their large cook stoves with them so they learned to cook complete meals, ranging from stews and soups to bread and desserts, in their Dutch Ovens over an open fire.

It was Abraham Darby who traveled from England to Holland In 1704 to inspect a Dutch casting process used to fashion cast brass
vessels in dry sand molds.  When he returned to England, Darby experimented with the same procedure and eventually patented a casting process using a better type of molding sand. He also baked the mold to improve the casting smoothness.  Darby began to cast pots and ship them to the new colonies and throughout the world.

It was  a man named Ragsdale who suggested that the name "Dutch Oven" may have derived from the original Dutch process for casting metal pots.
Others have suggested that possibly the early Dutch traders or salesmen of cast iron pots may have been responsible for the name "Dutch Ovens".

There is still another idea that proposes that the name came from Dutch settlers in the Pennsylvania area who used similar cast iron pots or kettles.

Today  the name "Dutch Oven" is generally applied to various cast pots or kettles.  The most common usuage of the name appliesis to a cast iron pot or kettle with a flat bottom and three legs to hold the oven above the coals. It is molded with flat sides and a flanged lid for holding coals. These ovens have a steel bail handle attached to "ears" on each side of the oven near the top for carrying.

No matter what you call it or in what shape it is cast, a well prepared meal
from a Dutch Oven has an incomparable and delicious flavor that no other cookware can match.

Note: See the book Dutch Ovens Chronicled: Their Use
in the United States by John G. Ragsdale, published by the University of
Arkansas Press.






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