If you have ever owned a Dutch oven, especially one that is made from cast iron, you will probably have noticed something about it. Cooking with a cast iron Dutch oven, you may have smelled something off about the pot itself. The rancid smell could come from the food that has been placed inside of the Dutch oven as you have cooked it. And that is not a normal smell to have in your Dutch oven. In fact, that rancid smell may turn your stomach, and it may also make you not want to cook with the Dutch oven at all.
Washing the Dutch oven with some dish soap does not seem to help with the problem at all. You could scrub all you want with a sponge and soap, but the smell just seems to come back the moment that you use the Dutch oven to cook again. And you would be frustrated as to why that keeps happening. If you want to truly get rid of the rancid smell that seems to be clinging around your Dutch oven, then you should know about a few things about cleaning or maintaining your Dutch oven. You should know about the proper care of owning your Dutch oven.
Seasoning is one of the most effective ways that you can use if you want to prevent an unpleasant smell from ever appearing on your Dutch oven. You will need to season your Dutch oven because it does not have a protective coating on top with it unlike other kinds of pots. And because it does not have a protective coating, food residue tends to cling to the bottom of the pot. And through the regular seasoning of your Dutch oven, you will be able to add a layer of protection on top of your cooking utensil.
To properly season your Dutch oven, you will need some tallow, olive oil, or vegetable oil. It will be much easier for you to get your hands on some vegetable oil. So, if you are a beginner to seasoning your Dutch oven, you will probably want to use some vegetable oil first. Taking a cloth or some paper towels, you can then spread the oil as evenly as possible over the inside surfaces of your Dutch oven. Once you have done that you can place it inside of another oven. Heat up the oven to around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. And those are all the steps that you will need to take to season your Dutch oven.
There is also a process called Sweetening that you can make use of if you want to get rid of the unpleasant smell of your Dutch oven as soon as you can. You can just put your Dutch oven on top of a high heat stove with the lid closed. You should also put some charcoal inside of the Dutch oven as well. You will only need to leave it on top of the stove for around five minutes at most. Once the five minutes have been totally over, you will be able to clean the rest of your Dutch oven. Wipe the inside of your Dutch oven with a clean cloth or sponge. The once it is clean, you can reheat it again for around ten minutes this time. Repeat this kind of process, until the unpleasant smell of your Dutch oven has been completely removed.
If you follow all the above steps, you should be able to completely make your Dutch oven smell normal again. A Dutch oven with an unpleasant smell should be an easy problem to fix if you follow this guide.