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On Dutch Oven (preheating and alternatives)

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Hi guys,

An absolute beginner here. Tried googling for the answer but I couldn't find any, so here I am.

I want to start learning how to cook and I'm using Tim Ferriss' 4 Hour Chef as a guide. The first recipe calls for the use of Dutch oven to cook Osso "Buko".

He mentioned to preheat the dutch oven to 350 Fahrenheit. How do I do this? Put it on a stove top or into the oven? How do I check the temperature to make sure it's 350F?

If I have a stock pot with a glass lid, can I use it to substitute Dutch oven?

Thank you!

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Hi guys, thank you so much for your responses. I've read through the instructions and have "kind of" figured it out, but I'll type his instructions out here to clarify.

"00. Preheat the oven to 350F. Place a PanSaver, if using, in the Dutch oven.

01. Place the carrots in the pot to create a bed for the meat to rest on.

02. Add the 4 lamb shank.


08. Cover the pot, put it in the oven, and come back 2 hours later."

So I'm guessing what he meant over here was to set the temperature of the oven to 350F, put the ingredients into the Dutch Oven (let's call it a pot here), then put the pot into the oven.

Do you guys have any recommendations for an oven to buy too? He didn't include any recommendations in his book. Any specific areas I should look out for when purchasing an oven?

Thank you.
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Hello, thanks for the various replies again. As I'm a complete novice (have never cooked before), other than basic local courses do you guys have any recommendations for any source of information that I can learn from? I settled with Tim Ferriss' book as it seems the easiest. Thank you.
Ditch the Tim Ferriss. He is not a cookbook writer, a cook or, even, a knowledgeable food writer. He is a food supplement entrepreneur, an angel investor, a tech consultant and a self-styled lifestyle guru who has written facile books on living the life of the wealthy while only working 4 hours a week, building your body on 4 hours of exercise a week, etc. He knows nothing of value on food or cooking. I sell books for a living. I would never recommend this book to anyone.

James Peterson, as noted above, is very good.

Joy of Cooking, if you are in the states, is an excellent basic book that will see you through both the first part of learning and will be used as a reference for the rest of your days. Go for the 75th Anniversary Edition, not the 1997 "revised" edition.
Hello all, thanks for the input. I will check out James Peterson's books at the local library tomorrow.

Sir, may I know if you've looked through the 4 hour chef? Being a novice myself I cannot comment on the quality of 4 hour chef, but I feel that his other books are misunderstood to a certain degree, largely because of the way he overhyped and marketed his products. Would like to know your thoughts thank you.
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