10 Steps to Cleaning a Dutch Oven
Before you cook, oil the Dutch oven with vegetable oil! All inside surfaces including the lid, this will help make clean up much quicker.
After finishing your meal or dessert, scrape all food out with a plastic scraper or wooden spoon. Often you can wipe oven out with paper towels to an almost clean surface. It is best to do this while the oven is still warm.
After scraping the food out, rinse it out with a bit of water.
Using a apple cider vinegar solution (with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water), scrub the interior of the Dutch oven with a sponge and/or clean plastic scrub brush. Reapply vinegar solution to areas that are particularly crusty and place lid on warm oven. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
Repeat this step until all evidence of food is gone. Wipe oven out with paper towels.
Warm Dutch oven by heat source.
Apply small amount of oil to all surfaces of the Dutch oven, including the lid.
Allow to cool.
Place a paper towel folded lengthwise several times between the Dutch oven and the lid.
It is now ready to be used for the next meal or to be stored away.
Never store a Dutch oven wet; it will rust overnight.