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Discussion in 'Dutch Oven Cooking' started by dcel, Jan 6, 2014.
Guess what I'm doing?
Seasoning your cast iron of course...
Yes! I am preparing for the next camping season. We got our dutch oven for Christmas and can't wait to use it. The skillet has never been used and it is probably 6 years old and had mild surface rust.
The house is starting to smell like cooked vegetable oil. How long do you let it bake? Lodge manual says until it turns black.
Baking an upside down cake ????
Blackpot is much better at this than me....lol...I'd cook bacon in it every day until camping season starts.
Tis the season
Just got my first camp Dutch Oven over the weekend. Made Apple Crisp last night and it was "oh so yummy". I think I'll make some meaty, potato, cheesy thing tomorrow. So easy! The hardest part was going out into the cold to rotate the Oven and lid. I already have many blissful weekends booked for summer camping, and DO cooking.
I don't recall exactly how long I let mine season when I did it in the oven. But when I seasoned the big dutch oven, I cooked it the first time for an hour. Reapplied the Crisco and then cooked it until the coals burned down. I repeated the next day.
An hour at around 350 degrees should be good. I always go through the process twice on my cast iron too.
Ok, it seemed like an hour passed until the smoke of the vegetable oil finally stopped. DW came home from work and was not pleased that the whole house had an oily smell. I opened some windows a little, but it was below 20degreesF outside. Maybe next time i season them i will wait for a nicer day.
I usually season mine in the gas grill outside. That keeps the wife happy.
yea, I been down that road before....seems like dw always comes home at the wrong time
I am doing the same thing. I left my DO in the shed and there was a few rust spots.
I found out that I can fit a 12, 8, and 6" DO and the large grittle from Lodge in my oven.
I have seasoned other cast iron in the oven, but when I "bought MY Mother's day gift", last year, a nice big DO, I seasoned it on the grill! Really smelled a lot better in the house. Found a cardboard box to fit exactly and that is what it sits in on top of newspaper. Keeps the PUP clean.