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How to Cook With a Dutch Oven: A Simple Guide

Cooking great new recipes can be exciting, but oftentimes, it can seem like too much work. Trying new recipes can be time-consuming, and the cleanup afterward might make it seem not worth it.

Luckily, you can easily use a Dutch oven to cook a variety of different meals. Keep reading for a full breakdown on how to cook with a Dutch oven.

What Is a Dutch Oven?

If you’re unfamiliar with it, a Dutch oven is a heavy cast iron cooking pot. It has a pair of handles on either side and a lid that fits tightly on top.

Because cast iron is not a good heat conductor, when a Dutch oven gets hot, it stays hot for a long time. When you need to cook with a lower temperature at a slower pace, a Dutch oven can be perfect.

But what are some different things you can make when cooking with a Dutch oven?

Use it For Soups and Stews

Soups and stews require a low and steady temperature. This tenderizes the meat (think of meat that “falls off the bone”) and also causes the different ingredient flavors to meld together. Because of this, they pair perfectly with a Dutch oven.

Pork shoulder, beef chuck, and anything else with a lot of fat will braise perfectly in a  Dutch oven. 

Similarly, you can also use it to soften different types of vegetables. Greens such as kale and collards and root vegetables such as carrots and turnips are delicious when brewed in a Dutch oven.

Sear Meat

The cast iron material of Dutch ovens allows them to do a lot of things all in the same pot.

After you get it hot and smokey on the stove, you can then directly add your meat to brown it. Follow it up by then adding liquid and any other ingredients, and they’ll all cook easily together.

The same pot can handle everything!

This makes it even easier to use than a Crockpot, which requires a separate skillet to sear the meat.

Cook Over a Campfire

Are you a fan of camping? If so, consider bringing a Dutch oven on your next camping trip!

Dutch ovens have been used to cook in the wilderness for hundreds of years. Even when your miles away from civilization, with nothing but stars and a campfire, you can still cook some delicious meals. Just put it directly over the fire!

Wondering what sorts of things you can cook over a fire? Check out this guide for a list of camping Dutch oven recipes.

How to Cook With a Dutch Oven? It’s Easy!

If you’re wondering how to cook with a Dutch oven, know that it’s easy! With a simple cast iron pot, you can cook a huge variety of dishes, and in a number of different places.

Do you have any other suggestions for dishes you can make with a Dutch Oven? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Make Chocolate Cookies From Scratch: A Helpful Guide

The average person in the US will eat almost 20,000 cookies during their lifetime!

Do you love eating cookies? To make sure you’re eating the best possible option available, why not master the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe yourself?

In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to make chocolate cookies from scratch! Don’t be disheartened if it takes you a couple of batches to perfect this recipe.

Once you get the hang of this classic recipe, you’ll never eat store-bought cookies again. Keep reading to learn how to make the cookies! 

Start With Simple Ingredients 

Before you start baking, it’s important that you’ve weighed out all of your ingredients so that they’re ready to go! You’ll need: 

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups of baker’s sugar 
  • 2 medium-sized eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips (or more depending on your tastes!)

You’ll also need to grease a baking tray. This should be done in advance to ensure the cookie mixture can go straight into the oven as soon as it’s ready.

Let’s Get Baking

The directions for making chocolate chip cookies are simple and once you’ve read them through a few times you’ll know them by heart!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until creamy and pale in color. 
  3. Crack the eggs and add them one at a time, slowly mixing them into the dough.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and salt.
  5. Sieve the flour into the bowl slowly and fold it into the mixture.
  6. Finally, add in the chocolate chips.
  7. Once everything is stirred together, drop spoonfuls of mixture onto your greased baking tray.
  8. Bake the cookies in the oven for ten minutes or until they look golden.
  9. Remove your cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack.

Finally, it’s time to taste your delicious cookies! Make a pot of coffee and share them with family or friends.

Useful Tips for Baking the Perfect Cookies Every Time

Although this is a very simple recipe, it may take some time to master completely. There are many variables that can make getting the perfect cookie somewhat difficult.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can ensure your cookies don’t come out too hard, soft, or cake-like!

Don’t Over Mix Your Cookies

It can be very easy to overmix your dough, especially the first time you make your cookies. However, this may result in very flat cookies that spread across the baking tray and turn into one giant cookie!

Furthermore, overmixing your cookie dough will mean that the ingredients will become warm which can also result in flat cookies!

If your dough appears too warm or runny, simply chill the ingredients in the refrigerator for half an hour before baking.

Overbaking Your Cookies

Even if your cookies look slightly underdone when you pull them out of the oven, you’ll be amazed by how delicious they taste after half an hour of cooling. 

If you overbake your cookies you will end up with hard, crystallized bites that simply aren’t as doughy and delicious as they could be! Of course, this does depend on personal preference.

Using Too Much or Too Little Flour

Too much flour can be disastrous for your cookies as they’ll come out very dry and crumbly. Make sure your cup of flour is completely level.

If you have too little flour, your cookies will be too greasy and buttery which also makes for an unpleasant cookie experience!

Salted Butter

When you’re baking, it’s always a good idea to avoid pre-salted ingredients. If you like salty cookies, you want to be able to adjust the levels of salt in your dough by yourself!

By adding salted butter, you throw off your ratios. Before you bake your cookies, give the dough a little taste to ensure it’s the right level of saltiness for you!

Too Tall Cookies

If your cookies don’t flatten at all, then it’s likely that your oven is set to the wrong temperature. You may want to consider buying a thermometer to check the temperature manually. 

However, it could also be that your dough was too cold when you baked it or that your butter and sugar mixture wasn’t creamed well enough. 

Delicious Additions to Your Cookies

If you’ve perfected this recipe then it’s time to jazz it up a bit more! Why not add in some walnuts, orange rind, or swap one cup of white sugar for a cup of brown sugar?

There are many ways to alternate the flavors in your cookies. Experimenting with your favorite textures and flavors is the best way to find your perfect recipe. 

You may want to add in your favorite snack foods such as salted pretzels or candies such as M&Ms. 

Foods Guy offers some brilliant ways to make your meals more interesting by adding just a few simple extras. Check out his website!

Now You Know How to Make Chocolate Cookies From Scratch

Try making multiple batches and take note of all of your adjustments to figure out exactly how to make the perfect cookie to your tastes.

Now you know how to make chocolate cookies from scratch, why not move onto baking brownies, cupcakes, florentines, flapjacks, and scones?

When you’re comfortable with your baking abilities, bake a bunch of cakes and serve them to friends and family with a cup of tea. This is a great birthday party idea!

Have you enjoyed this article? Visit the rest of the website for more baking tips and tricks. 

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Thanksgiving Recipe – Brown Sugar Nut Pie

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