scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Dutch Oven
Fri May 19 2000 - 20:19:15 CDT
In a message dated 5/19/00 4:54:49 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> I am now in possession of a Dutch Oven but it has some rust on
> the inside and out. How do I get the rust gone?
A rusty dutch oven can be cleaned up with steel wool, sandpaper, or even a
handful of sand. When the rust is gone, wash with hot water and dry.
Immediately coat with a thin layer of vegetable oil or salt-free shortening.
Then do one of the following:
1 - Heat with charcoal (15-18 briquettes on top, 12-15 underneath) until it
2 - Have a fish fry (or something else that is deep-fried such as doughnuts).
3 - Heat in the kitchen oven at 300-350 degrees until it stops smoking (open
the doors and windows to keep the house from filling with smoke).
This "seasons" the pot which prevents rusting while not in use and prevents
the next meal from sticking -- a poor man's Teflon. The coating should look
and feel like black or dark brown varnish. If it's sticky, you put the oil on
too thick, didn't heat it long enough, or didn't get it hot enough. Seasoning
can be repeated if desired. When seasoning is complete, store the pot
upside-down with the lid off.
Warning: Long-term storage of dutch ovens is very bad for the soul. Get that
pot out regularly and use it!