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dpgllg

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Posted: 07/25/20 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello!

When I use my Dutch oven with charcoal the outside of the oven is covered in soot. I clean the inside by just wiping it out with a towel.

I try wiping the outside but it really doesn't remove the soot. How do you clean the outside?

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I have been using iron pots for 40 years. First you knock the dust off. You can rinse it with water if you want, as long as you dry it off immediately. Will not hurt a thing.

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Posted: 07/25/20 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm curious to what others will have to say about it, but if it was me, I'd find a cardboard box that fits the oven and store it without bothering to get the soot off.


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When i was in the Boy Scouts, we would put soap on the outside of the pots and pans that we used over the open fire and they would clean right up.

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That's weird, mine never get sooty on the outside. I typically use name brand charcoal (Kingsford) the cheaper brands end to burn out too quickly.

I would use soap on the outside to clean the soot. But then again I use soap on the inside as well. I've never bought into the no soap thing and my coating is fine. Just don't use the green scrubbing side of the dish sponge when washing.


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opnspaces wrote:

That's weird, mine never get sooty on the outside. I typically use name brand charcoal (Kingsford) the cheaper brands end to burn out too quickly.

I would use soap on the outside to clean the soot. But then again I use soap on the inside as well. I've never bought into the no soap thing and my coating is fine. Just don't use the green scrubbing side of the dish sponge when washing.


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The lid is the worst from having the charcoal sitting on it.

Thinking that a quick rinse of the lid in hot water and then dry it really well might be enough. I'm also thinking to just wipe the outside with a damp paper towel and also make sure to dry it really well.

I don't use soap unless I'm planning on reseasoning the oven again. The inside must be seasoned okay because nothing really sticks to it and I can usally get it clean by wiping it out.

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On the rare occasion that I use my cast iron on an open fire, I clean the outside with soap and water. If it is a real sooty mess, I pick up a handful of sand and scrub the outside with that. After using the sand and water, I switch to soap and water to clean off the dirt. Nothing like a hand powered sand blaster to get rid of greasy soot.

I also use soap on the inside of my cast iron pans and ovens. They are very old and well seasoned and I have never ruined the seasoning of the pans. I do not soak the pans in soapy water, I just add soap and water, scrub, and rinse.


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I cook with wood. The ash comes right off.
There is plenty of folklore about DOs. Once they have been used awhile it is no big deal to use water and even some soap on them. The important thing is that have to be dry.

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Posted: 07/25/20 02:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I clean my cast iron with a chain mail scrubber. Amazon. It works really well. No soap on the cooking surface. Dawn on the outside.


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Posted: 07/25/20 04:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've read about the trick of coating the outside of the pot with dish soap prior to the cooking, to keep soot from sticking. I guess as long as the lid is on, that can't affect the food cooking inside.


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