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Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: gadje
Date: December 02, 2023 12:00PM
The cookware, not the stuff under the blanket.

I bought this one on Black Friday, price was $50, but I did not realize it is so heavy. It came in, wife can barely lift the box. I did not even open it, I can return it to Amazon (I think).

It is Enameled Cast Iron which explains why it is so heavy. Also unclear to me how I can use the lid as a grill, can I just put it upside down on the stove? flame directly on enamel?

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Maybe I should look for a different model with less weight?
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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: December 02, 2023 12:15PM
Dutch ovens are heavy beasts by there nature (as you've found).
The beast of it is what makes it such a good vessel.
Soups, braise, slo cook, chili, stews.

I'd thunk the version you have for $50 is made in gina.
Lodge has a new US made one for more $.
There is Le Crueset and a few others. But honestly, I'd keep what you bought if you can store it higher up so use is easier.
I always get the beast out coz we store it low.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/02/2023 12:18PM by Fritz.
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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 02, 2023 12:41PM
.....eat a lot of beans.....



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: srf1957
Date: December 02, 2023 12:57PM
Yes the lid can be put on stove . I have an ancient cast iron pan that is enameled al over . If you watch test kitchen and see their dutch ovens they use they are not cast iron more like a stock pot but heavier .
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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 02, 2023 01:12PM
Part of the weight is the size, a 7 qt Dutch Oven will be heavier than a 6 qt one by 5-6 lbs. The lid made to also be usable as a grill pan on top of the stove adds a bit more weight, it will be thicker than one made just to be a lid.

And yes you can have flame directly on the porcelain enamel, it would take temperatures near 1000 degrees to damage it. At most it may slightly discolor over time.



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: raz
Date: December 02, 2023 01:38PM
We inherited a few Le Crueset pieces from my great aunt around the time when she could no longer lift them. We've since acquired a few more. When we can no longer lift them, they'll go to the kids. They last forever.

And a joy to cook with.



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 02, 2023 01:41PM
I have what you linked to minus the griddle lid, which is about 3 lbs heavier if you believe the listed info.

I'm not sure what to say to someone who wants a lighter one. Lift maybe?



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: Michael
Date: December 02, 2023 02:09PM
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raz
We inherited a few Le Crueset pieces from my great aunt around the time when she could no longer lift them. We've since acquired a few more. When we can no longer lift them, they'll go to the kids. They last forever.

And a joy to cook with.

My brother gave us a Le Crueset dutch oven a couple of years ago. We've been getting more along the way. We really like them, as well.

If you really wanted to go all in you could get the "Le Creuset 157-piece Ultimate Cookware Set" for $4500 from Costco!

[www.costco.com]
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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: gadje
Date: December 02, 2023 02:54PM
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If you really wanted to go all in you could get the "Le Creuset 157-piece Ultimate Cookware Set" for $4500 from Costco!

[www.costco.com]


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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 02, 2023 03:09PM
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gadje
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Michael
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If you really wanted to go all in you could get the "Le Creuset 157-piece Ultimate Cookware Set" for $4500 from Costco!

[www.costco.com]


Pallet Delivery Included!!!

out of stock :-(



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: December 02, 2023 03:29PM
We had been wanting a dutch oven but not wanting to pay LeCrueset or Lodge prices.

We found this set at Costco, a large and medium set, at Costco. Originally $69, reduced to $50 when we bought it. They are great and the smaller one is perfect for cooking for two.

[www.costco.com]



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: December 02, 2023 09:22PM
good cookware + good cooking = great eating

If y'all can cook.....
DON'T SKIMP ON YOUR COOKWARE ! ! !
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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: December 02, 2023 10:13PM
We have the Le Crueset and have been happy. Prior to that we had a less expensive brand but the enamel eventually chipped.



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 03, 2023 02:21AM
…..discounted sale Le Creuset at TJ Maxx….



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: December 03, 2023 08:34AM
OBTW, if you can wait a little.
If you have a Marshalls, Home Goods or the like.
I bought our 5.5q Le Creuset in Jan for 50%.
If it's a factory 2nd, it doesn't show.



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Re: Any recommendations for a Dutch Oven?
Posted by: dk62
Date: December 04, 2023 01:43PM
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And yes you can have flame directly on the porcelain enamel, it would take temperatures near 1000 degrees to damage it. At most it may slightly discolor over time.

While generally true, there are some caveats. I (OK, my wife) managed to destroy a Staub oval Dutch Oven by putting it on round (smaller) induction stove plate on high. It cracked because of the large temperature differential between the center and the sides.
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