Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cleaning a Dutch Oven in 10 Easy Steps

10 Steps to Cleaning a Dutch Oven

Step One

Before you cook, oil the Dutch oven with vegetable oil! All inside surfaces including the lid, this will help make clean up much quicker.

Step Two

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.

Step Three

After scraping the food out, rinse it out with a bit of water.

Step Four

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.

Step Five

Repeat this step until all evidence of food is gone. Wipe oven out with paper towels.

Step Six

Warm Dutch oven by heat source.

Step Seven

Apply small amount of oil to all surfaces of the Dutch oven, including the lid.

Step Eight

Allow to cool.

Step Nine

Place a paper towel folded lengthwise several times between the Dutch oven and the lid.

Step Ten

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.


  1. This is good to know! I have a Dutch oven, but have been meaning to buy a cast iron skillet for a long time! I'd love to bake in it:)

  2. Great tips, I have some cast iron cookware and wasn't sure of all the do's and don'ts.
    *kisses* HH

  3. Awesomely informative post! I should send this to my friend...he has a dutch oven and we cooked in it last week...and had quite a difficult time cleaning it!

  4. I love the apple cider trick. I will definitely be referring back to this list.

  5. Great tips! Dutch ovens are always so hard to clean.


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