Origin of Dutch oven
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What else does Dutch oven mean?
In cooking, a Dutch oven is a type of heavy pot with a lid.
But in slang, a Dutch oven is when you pass gas in bed and pull the covers over someone else’s head, trapping it in like a Dutch oven traps heat.
How is Dutch oven pronounced?
[ duhch uhv–uhn ]
Where does Dutch oven come from?
The flatulent prank of the Dutch oven takes its name from an actual cooking device called a Dutch oven. This is a large metal pot kept hot on a stove or in the oven by placing coals on its tight-fitting lid. The term Dutch oven has been recorded since the 1700s (though the cooking technique is itself older). In 2005, the Dutch oven was named the Official State Cooking Implement of Texas. (Don’t laugh, now.)
In the early 1900s, Dutch oven was used as slang for the mouth (e.g., Shut your Dutch oven!). National Lampoon magazine described the current Dutch oven—trapping a fart under the covers of a bed—in 1974 as the kind of stunt a guy might pull on his little brother. Other sources describe Dutch ovening your significant other or even yourself.
It’s not clear exactly when the gassy gag came to be known as a Dutch oven, but the name appears to compare the blanket to the lid of a Dutch oven and the fart as the, um, scent of cooking. (Gross.)
How is Dutch oven used in real life?
A 2001 book, The Girl Code, dubbed the Dutch oven an important “boundary to maintain” in a relationship, underscoring just how much not everyone appreciates the joke. The slang Dutch oven can be a noun or verb, and, as a term (not to mention practice), appears in potty humor.
my dad dutch ovened my little brother so bad that he started bawling 😂😂😂
— Emily Nelson (@em_nellie) April 28, 2014
And of course, plenty of cooks widely and earnestly refer to Dutch ovens in culinary contexts.
Hubby is throwing down for Mother's Day. Got some ribs on the grill, black eyed peas in the instant pot and greens in the Dutch oven. 🙌🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/lI4Xrkevhx
— BlackWomenViews (@blackwomenviews) May 10, 2020
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How to use Dutch oven in a sentence
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 6, 1/2-cup ramekins and set aside.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, high-sided cast iron skillet.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bake on the center rack of the oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until set.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Soak the cranberries in ¾ cup cranberry juice for 15 minutes.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries|Carla Hall|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Between June and October 1943, 4,283 British, 1,303 Dutch, 1,630 Australian, and 88 American soldiers died.
Mrs. Woodbury paints in oils and water-colors; the latter are genre scenes, and among them are several Dutch subjects.
She did her work at a most interesting period in Dutch painting.
The stratagem worked, because the ships went about from one tack to the other without being seen by the Dutch.
The vessel escaped miraculously, with sails torn by shots from three Dutch vessels, which they took for one of their own.
The fire crackled around the Dutch ovens, and the odor of coffee came floating by.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair