How to use a French Oven
Author: Siobhan Thomson Date Posted:14 June 2021
What is a French Oven?
A French oven is almost the same as a Dutch Oven, i.e. it is a heavy pot made out of cast iron provided with a tightening lid at the top. The difference between the two is that the French oven is a modern/updated version of the Dutch oven and is always enameled. It is a pretty simple piece of kitchen equipment. It doesn’t come with dials or fancy features or attachments or floor-standing racks or anything else.
The French oven is essentially a stew pot. However, it’s incredibly useful in a modern kitchen, for slow cooking and combining various flavorful ingredients in ways that create those magical taste sensations that you want your kitchen to be known for!
Using a French Oven
The use of a French oven is pretty simple. Essentially, you put everything in your dish into the french oven, and put it in a traditional oven. The tight-fitting lid of the french oven ensures that the items inside stay moist and retain liquid that might otherwise evaporate, leaving your roast or chicken or other ingredients dry, or brittle.
Some recipes call for extra steps like pre-searing the meat, or blanching vegetables to take out starches, but the key to most french oven recipes is to keep temperatures low, and simmer/slow cook what's inside until it’s bathed in its own glorious juices.
Caring for you French Oven
For stirring, do not use metal spatulas or utensils, do not tap the edges of the container and never cut food inside the cookware as you risk scratching or damaging the enamel.
Leave your cookware to cool down before washing it with a non-abrasive sponge.
If any food residue is still stuck, soak it in warm water and washing up liquid.
You can put your Chasseur product in the dishwasher (with the exception of products with a wooden handle), but we don’t recommend that you do this regularly. Modern cleaning agents could attack and tarnish the enamel.
Wipe your cookware thoroughly and make sure it is dry before putting it away.
BCE Catering Equipment Ltd has a wide selection of French Ovens from Chasseur for you to choose from. The Chasseur Range, is superior quality enamelled cast iron cookware, perfect for all cooks. Novices or experienced chefs will be able to recreate traditional recipes or use their imagination to create new ones.
Browse our selection today or contact us for more information if you would prefer to talk to one of our experts.