Our research tells us that the Dutch oven was originally created by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1700s. The Dutch oven is a large pot with a tight-fighting lid. The pot is usually made of raw cast iron. The cast iron pot develops a non-stick surface if seasoned (coating the pot with cooking oil and baking it in a 350°F oven for an hour).
The Dutch oven is heavy in weight and can be used both on the stovetop and in the oven. Generally used for braising or making soups and stews, the versatile Dutch oven can also be used for baking bread and deep frying.