Kettle Oven

Originally, a kettle was a large ceramic cooking pot or cast iron cooking pot that could be suspended or placed over an open fire.  It was used to boil water, cook meat and stew, and often wash or dye clothes. By placing a kettle upside down over a griddle, an oven can be created that can be used to bake bread.  This is the makeshift prototype of all modern baking ovens.

The first kettle ovens were most likely clay pots inverted over baking stones on open fires. This is a cooking method that travellers and nomads have used for a very long time. Since the iron age, such metal pots were called Cauldrons, from the Latin "caldarium" (hot bath).

By placing a lid over a cauldron, you can produce a very effective kettle oven.

Modern kettle ovens are referred to a Dutch Ovens and there is a selection of these available from Dutch Ovens.UK



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This part of the Bread Pages looks at the The different types of Bread Baking ovens throughout history.

Baking Stone

Kettle Oven

Bell Oven

Brick or Clay Oven

Kitchener Oven

Range Oven


Gas Ovens

Electric Ovens

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