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Ways to use a Dutch Oven

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Ways to use your Dutch Oven

A good Dutch Oven is a kitchen essential, heavy and thick enough to conduct and retain heat; deep enough to handle large cuts of meat and quarts of cooking liquid. Its heavy-duty construction and versatility make it one of the most useful pieces of cooking equipment, and one that every home cook should have in their cabinet. Here are 6 ways to put your cast iron Dutch Oven pot to work:

1. BREAD

Who doesn’t love a freshly baked loaf of bread? Bread baking in a Dutch Oven is the perfect vessel for making artisan-style loaves. The lid traps in moisture and steam released by the bread, creating that perfect crispy crust. To get a better crust, preheat your Dutch oven before adding in the dough and line the interior with parchment paper. Follow this classic homemade recipe from Tasty .

2. DESSERTS

Traditionally, people cooked these over a campfire, but don’t pull out your flint and steel just yet. You can make these treats indoors thanks to your modern oven and have your cake without the campfire.

Make this Cinnamon Rolls for a delicious breakfast or dessert!

3. SOUP, STEWS & BRAISES

Nothing beats a hearty bowl of soups, stews or braise, especially on a raining day. Dutch Ovens particularly excel at simmering and braising as it keeps heat consistent during cooking. Additionally, it retains heat long enough for at least 30 minutes after it is removed from the stove.

Try making this Dutch Oven-worthy recipe – Pumpkin Soup

4. DEEP FRYING
Frying can be a daunting task — and a messy one. The key to fright-free deep-frying is using a pot with tall sides, it helps to cut down on oil splatter as the cast iron handles very high heat without burning. If you’re looking to fry something unique and tasty in your Dutch Oven, try out this Fried Chicken recipe from Food Network

5. ROASTING

When placed inside an oven, Dutch Ovens conduct heat and transfer it to the food inside from all directions. The ability of the cookware to hold this heat means that less energy is required for long, slow cooking methods. The ovenproof lid helps retain moisture and prevents drying during long cooking times. This makes Dutch ovens perfect for slow roasting meats or vegetables.

6. CASSEROLES

The versatility of a Dutch Oven to be transferred from a stovetop to inside an oven makes them the perfect tool for casseroles. Meats or aromatics can be sautéed in the Dutch oven while on the stovetop, and then the casserole can be assembled and baked in the very same pot. You’ll be surprised at how well-textured, juicy, and flavorful the result is.

OUR RECOMMENDATION

Lava Enamelled Cast Iron Round Casserole 28cm 6.7L

Lava Cast Iron Cookware is suitable for use on all types of stovetop cooking surfaces  – in the oven or your outdoor grill.

With three coats of beautiful porcelain enamel layered onto premium cast iron and fired twice for maximum beauty, it has lasting durability and superb cooking performance.

LAVA enameled cookware are dishwasher safe. Comes in six vibrant colours to choose from.

Available at ToTT stores.

Inspiring Kitchenware for Kids

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Kid-Friendly Kitchenware for Kids

Pique your little ones culinary interest by involving them in the kitchen and help them discover the world of cooking and baking with these must-have kitchen tools!

  1. DANIELLE’S KITCHEN ESSENTIALS KIDS KNIFE

Improve those fine motor skills with this kid-friendly knife and let your little one help in the kitchen by cutting up their own food and prepare meals together. Use this gem in the kitchen to teach kids on healthy eating and inspire them to cook, bake & host. Made with German high-quality Stainless-Steel blades, it features a rounded-tip blade to keep young hands safe without accidents.

Available at ToTT stores at $13.40

2. CUISINART ICE CREAM AND SORBET MAKER

What’s better than whipping up your own ice cream or frozen yoghurt at home in just 20 minutes or less! The fully automatic Cuisinart Frozen Yoghurt Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker let you turn ingredients into a delicious and healthy frozen treat with no fuss and mess. Simply add your ingredients to the bowl, press ON, and the machine does the rest! Oh, and did we mention that it can serve as an educational opportunity to learn about science – turning regular milk or cream into a cold and tasty treat!

3. LEX LIVING SILICONE DINOSAUR CHOCOLATE AND ICE CUBE TRAY ORANGE

This cute and quirky silicone mould by Lex Living is ideal for cooking or baking with kids. Skip those nasty preservatives and make your own treats like chocolates or even fruit flavoured jellies – a great kids party idea. Easy to clean, flexible and easy to release, simply pour your favourite recipe into the mould and let it cool completely. Once it is ready, turn it upside down and with a little push from the bottom – pop them right out.

Let the fun begin!

4. CUISINART VERTICAL WAFFLE MAKER

Are your kids obsessed with waffles? Get the family together in this fun activity and let the little ones whip up the batter and decorate freshly baked waffles with their favourite toppings. Worried about not having enough space in the kitchen? The Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker compact design makes it great for small spaces and it truly excels at turning out consistently delicious, fluffy waffles that are just as crisp at the outer edge as in the center.

5. ZYLISS EASY SPIN SALAD SPINNER

Tired of arguing with your kids about having their greens? Involve them during the preparation process, with the Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner. Allow your little one to work their muscles by getting them to spin the vegetables and share the benefits of having them in their diet.

6. IBILI COOKIE CUTTER WITH EJECTOR SET OF 6

This Cookie Cutter is the perfect kitchen gadget for baking and decorating cookies with your kids. With 6 cookie cutters in different shapes, kids can independently shape their cookies with ease with no more broken edges.  In addition to cutting cookies, it can also be used to cut pancakes, cheese and more, the only limit is your imagination.  The perfect tool for crafts, activities and play.

  1. BONUS! MARCH SCHOOL HOLIDAYS COOKING & BAKING CLASSES

School’s Out and Fun’s In with these cooking and baking classes.  We have prepared a series of Junior Chef Classes and Culinary Camps that will turn your children into mini master chefs.

Full ToTT Junior Chef Classes listing here.
Full ToTT Drop Off Culinary Camp listing here.