A large, lidded cast-iron pot with a fold-away, bail handle. Originally, the dutch oven
was used as just that, a bread oven
. In the days when most families lacked modern stoves, and depended on the fire-place
hearth for their cooking, a dutch oven
could be filled
with bread dough, lidded and buried
in hot embers in order to bake the bread. Nowdays, the dutch oven
is usually placed atop the stove to cook beans and stews, though sometimes it is still used in a conventional oven
to cook bread loaves
and baked beans. In rare instances, a cast-iron dutch oven
can double as a deep-fryer.
areas, the dutch oven
is referred to as a "dutchie." This is claimed by the surviving
members of Musical Youth
as the "dutchie" in the lyric: "pass the dutchie from the left-hand side." from their one hit song. It is of course now believed that the word in the song was changed from "cutchie," a Jamaican
slang term for a kind of marijuana.