@Gina 😆 I had the same experience. What kind of a recipe are you trying?
@pkra sourdough bread.
@roelofpieter jup, sourdough.
@Gina But gluten-free bread baking doesn't save much versus buying.
@Gina #FunFact, while the casting process of the #DutchOven was inspired by the #Dutch process of casting #brass into sand molds rather than loam & clay for a finer finish on the brassware, it was actually the #English #AbrahamDarby who developed and patented (in 1707) the 'Dutch oven' by replacing the brass with #castIron to cut costs.
So, 'Dutch' is merely a nod to the type of sand molds traditionally used.
Also, if you don't want to use one:
@FiXato steaming might be an option. I'm trying the helplines first though:
Mom: “yeah we inherited one from your grandma, I THREW IT AWAY years ago.” 💔
Friend 1: “hahahaaha like a Le Creuset? Do I look rich to you?”
Friend 2: “I have an oven and I'm Dutch, does that count?”
This is going great.
Same with other #castIron skillets and pans. Though they likely need quite some cleaning and re-seasoning to get back to a working order.
(Though you might have to wait a bit till this #breadBaking craze has calmed down again, for them go drop in popularity and thus price again)
@FiXato Meh I'd like to do it right though. Gonna check the value of my kidneys on the black market real quick.
@Gina at least they should last you a lifetime if treated well. :)
@Gina If you're going to get Le Creuset, at least get Star Wars(TM) Le Creuset. https://www.lecreuset.com/star-wars-collection-darth-vader-round-dutch-oven
@Gina We use something like this:
Fully ceramic and cheap. The dough is lowered into the hot dish using parchment/vegatable paper which we just cut to this shape with scissors.
Easy in - easy out.
@Gina This is just a substitution for steaming your oven. You don't necessarily need it.
@Gina We have that same Dutch Oven. Le Creuset make absolutely the best ovens. 10/10 would recommend.
@ndegruchy oh wow didn't know I was talking to a millionaire!
@Gina ! I've been discovered!
To the Nathan-o-copter!
@Gina We've been using our slow cooker for sourdough, cooking it with the method in this recipe: https://cookingonabootstrap.com/2019/01/11/slow-cooker-bread-recipe/ The bread spreads wider and flatter than with a Le Creuset pan in a regular oven, but we care little for shape and our solar panels power the slow cooker for free, so we're hooked!
(I'm not sure how UK-centric the term "slow cooker" is 🤔)
@Gina I've always enjoyed Lodge products in the US. They have reasonable prices and good quality. Not sure on shipping for you. https://www.lodgemfg.com/shop?Material=Seasoned%20Cast%20Iron&Type=Dutch%20Ovens
@daniel I'm about to splurge on this baby 😍
@Gina one of the best purchases ever: I can cook almost anything in it, and being Italian that means a lot. Plus, it’s not so expensive if you think how long it will last compared to those other cheap-o pans...
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