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
But beware of the kitchen snobs who sniff that they only need three knives and a cast iron dutch oven.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide|Megan McArdle|December 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The purists who say that they need nothing except a cast iron dutch oven and a good chef's knife may scoff, but I stand firm.The Gadget Chef: Reconstructed Chicken Soup|Megan McArdle|November 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There was a Dutch-oven on the hearth, the sight of which made my mouth water for the delicious tea-cakes of childhood.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
The cooking fixtures generally used are of sheet iron; a dutch oven and skillet of cast metal are very essential.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XXX|Joel Palmer
It is of copper, riveted together, and in general form resembles the "Dutch-oven" of the present day.
You may bake them in a dutch-oven, instead of broiling them.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book|Eliza Leslie
On the hearth are some dog-irons, the ashes of the breakfast fire, and a Dutch-oven.Saddle and Mocassin|Francis Francis Jr.