Dutch Oven
Frank Pierce
While putting away a pot this morning, I began to wonder why this particular iron pot with its lid and bail handle is called a "dutch oven"

It's not an oven, and the Dutch (or Deutsch if you prefer) couldn't have used it to bake anything more than spoon bread. Stripped of its romantic name, it's just a stew pot. To my knowlege, the typical oven once used in Netherlands was a standard box-type oven often finished with blue and white Delft tiles for decoration.

Any ideas as to where this name came from???

Lewis Joplin II
Sometimes a Dutch oven is just an oven used by the Dutch. I found the phrase in a couple of books but no explanation. One says: "Dutch bake oven, Dutch oven, 1853." From "I Hear America Talking" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Von Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1976).
There are a few definitions, but the one used above to refer to refer to the small pot is derogatory, like,, or Indian summer, and is rooted in the basic idea of a false oven (as false-treat or false-summer). The pot can be used to bake, as ovens can, but as on an open fire as well. That is, it simulates an oven. Another disparaging sense to "Dutch oven" is holding a bed-mate's head under the covers after farting.
Frank Pierce
As a follow-on, when I told my wife the probable origins of "dutch oven" she countered with the question: "All right, where did the term "in Dutch with" meaning "in serious trouble with someone" come from?"

Doesn't sound like or imply false, faux, pseudo, or not up to standards. Any ideas?

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