Dutch Oven Restore and Beef Stew
Here is the Dutch Ovens from the oven, The larger one I had already begun to scrub down with steel wool, plenty of elbow grease needed here. The smaller one will be done at a later date.
- This is the lid straight from the oven, after the clean cycle.
- Left side almost done.
- The DO was then washed with soap and water then placed in the oven as it was warming up to 450°
- Now for the first seasoning with the Conditioner.
- Oven was turned up to 450° warmed the DO, just enough to where it can be handled so the conditioner would go on thin as possible.
- Once the conditioner was spread thin, it was wiped down again and placed in the 450° upside down for 1 hour, then allowed to cool, this was done 5 times.
- The 5th seasoning.
Ok now Im chomping at the bit to try this bad boy out.
- A chimney of charcoal is started and I begin the food prep.
- Meats ready to be sliced.
- This was a very relaxing cook, all the food was prepped right on the table as I sat on my very comfy patio furniture while throwing back a few beers.
- The fat is trimmed and will be used to season the DO.
- The meat is sliced and cubed into bite size pieces.
- DO Is heating up.
- My makeshift lid lifter, I really need to get a lid lifter.
- Fat is added to season the pan, then removed after 5 minutes or so.
- A stick of butter is added.
- The pan is a wee bit too hot, I need to be careful not to burn the butter.
- The meat is added, while that cooks, the sausage is cubed.
- About ten minutes later, the sausage is added.
Now many folks drain the meat, I leave it in for more flavor. The meat is very lean and trimmed, most of the fat will come from the sausage.
- While that cooks, I slice up the onions (ungyuns)
- About ten minutes later, the onion and two jalapenos are added.
- While the Meat, Sausage and onions cook, I peel and dice the potatoes.
- About 45 minutes into the cook, the potatoes are added with 16 oz of beef broth.
- While the Meat, Sausage, onions and potatoes cook, I clean and chop the carrots.
- About 60 minutes into the cook, the carrots are added.
- Some spices are added, a bit of cracked pepper, a tablespoon or two of garlic salt, and a tablespoon of chili powder.
- About 70 minutes into the cook, the mushrooms are added and another 16 oz of beef broth.
- I had to laugh... my neighbor came over and we were having a beer while I was making the stew and every time I removed the lid he would say, "man that looks and smells awesome", then I dumped in the mushrooms and he looked like he saw a ghost. I said, "are you OK", and he replies, "man I hate mushrooms"!
- Followed by a can of diced tomatoes. I was iffy on adding the tomatoes but at the last minute said, "oh what the hell'
- A little cornstarch is mixed with a cup of dry vermouth and added to thicken the stew.