Dutch ovens are versatile and durable cookware usually made from cast iron. When cared for properly, dutch ovens can last a lifetime. Here’s a quick guide for proper cleaning.
Cool Down Completely
After cooking, allow your Dutch oven to cool down naturally. Placing a hot Dutch oven in cold water or on a cold surface can cause it to crack.
Remove Food Residue
Use a spatula or wooden utensil to scrape off any stuck-on food from the interior of the Dutch oven. Be gentle to avoid scratching the enamel or seasoning.
If there are stubborn residues, fill the Dutch oven with hot water and let it soak for 15-30 minutes.
Use Mild Soap and Scrub Gently
In most cases, you can clean your Dutch oven with just hot water and a soft cloth or sponge. But if there are tough stains or lingering smells, use a bit of mild dish soap. As best you can, try to avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners that can damage the enamel.
After cleaning, dry the Dutch oven thoroughly with a soft cloth or paper towel to avoid water stains.
You’re done! If necessary, you may want to reseason before your next use.