Food - Drink
​​What Happens If You Put A Hot Dutch Oven In Cold Water?
By HALDAN KIRSCH
Dutch ovens are kitchen workhorses that you can use for roasting chickens, making soups and stews, baking bread, and more. The shiny glaze on these pots resists stains and sticky foods, and the vessel can be easily cleaned with soap and water, but there is one part of treating your pot right that you have to be very careful with.
Though Dutch ovens are slow to heat up, they retain hot temperatures incredibly well, so it's vital to make sure that your pot has cooled completely before cleaning it in the sink. Though Dutch ovens are made of thick, sturdy cast iron, they are still vulnerable to thermal shocks, just like any other metal pot or pan.
Let your Dutch oven cool before putting it in cold water to prevent residual heat from reacting with the water, which can warp your pot or damage its glaze. Also, Dutch ovens shouldn't be left to soak in water because the untreated rims can rust from the moisture, so just follow the simple cool-then-wash method.