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Dec 14, 2010 06:13 PM

Fist enamelled Dutch oven, how do I safely preheat it?

When preheating on the stove top should I just use medium heat and leave it for several minutes. And in general do you only use medium to medium high when cooking in the pot?

And I’m planning on making No-Kneed Bread, is it best to pre heat the pot along with the oven instead of placing the pot in a hot oven?

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  1. I find enameled cast iron needs a lower heat, I rarely use it above medium on my stove (electric) even when searing a pot roast, say. Medium high as directed in many recipes has burned many a dish and I've learned to use medium when medium high is called for, and medium low when medium is called for.

    As for using the oven for no-knead bread, definitely put the pot in the cold oven and allow it to preheat with the oven.

    1. I never preheat when cooking on the stovetop. I just go at it.

      I use pretty high heat with my LC all the time without problems.

      You HAVE TO preheat your dutch oven when making no-knead bread.

      1. I have to agree with janniecooks, medium is probably all the heat you need to brown a roast or potatos, etc. When I make Chicken Vasuvio, I preheat with a little oil in the bottom and when the oil is hot, it's ready to go.