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Old 01-15-2008, 10:01 PM   #1
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Dutch Oven Recommendation

I have a birthday coming up and on my wish list is a dutch oven. Any recommendations on what kind to get??

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Old 01-15-2008, 10:48 PM   #2
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Are you looking for a DO for the kitchen or the campfire?

For the kitchen, I recommend a enameled cast iron DO. LeCrueset is a top quality brand. Consider a round or oval one of around 7 quart size.
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:29 PM   #3
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Hey, Bean! Welcome to DC.

First of all, you need to look for a Dutch oven that is constructed with nice heavy sides and a thick bottom. Cast-iron is a good choice, which would be my first choice.

Buck and I have a nice cast-iron one we use when we cook over a campfire. However, I have a feeling you might not be going that route.

If that's the case, look into Le Creuset, Lodge and other companies. I'm partial to Le Creuset and have several pieces.

Good luck finding the piece that is best for your needs.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:47 AM   #4
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I'm a big fan of the Lodge products. Most of their product line is still produced in the US, South Pittsburgh, TN, to be exact. Their enameled ovens and some the tools and such are imported.
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Thanks!

Thanks for the suggestions!!! Yes, I am looking for one to use in the kitchen....maybe when the kids are older we'll look for a camping one. I have been to the Le Creuset web site to check them out and there a lot of different sizes. Do you know what would be a standard size? I will do most of my cooking for our family of four but occasionally need to use it for larger family gatherings.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:09 AM   #6
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Are you looking for a DO for the kitchen or the campfire?

For the kitchen, I recommend a enameled cast iron DO. LeCrueset is a top quality brand. Consider a round or oval one of around 7 quart size.

Oops....just reread and I see Andy already answered my second question!! As a teacher I tell my students to reread passages....maybe I should take my own advice!! Thanks Andy!
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:18 AM   #7
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For the oven. Get a Magnalite dutch oven. Hands down one of the finest pots I own. If you have never cooked in/on magnalite you are missing out.

It's a lot lighter than some others but the material it is made from spreads the heat evenly. My mother made over 10,000 cream pies for the restaurant we owned. Every one was made from scratch and the cream filling cooked in a magnalite roaster on the stove top. She could trust it to not have hot spots which would scorch the milk.
I still have that roaster and it is as good as new.
http://www.worldkitchen.com/Magnalite/web/
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:19 AM   #8
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I'm very happy with the Calphalon.

http://www.calphalon.com/calphalon/c...Id=CLCat200004
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Thanks for the suggestions!!! Yes, I am looking for one to use in the kitchen....maybe when the kids are older we'll look for a camping one. I have been to the Le Creuset web site to check them out and there a lot of different sizes. Do you know what would be a standard size? I will do most of my cooking for our family of four but occasionally need to use it for larger family gatherings.

A Le Creuset 7 quart round french oven is $$ but will be your friend forever. And then your kids' friend.

7 quart is the most versatile, IMO.
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Bean208,
I purchased a 5 Qtr. enameled Chefmate at a Target store for $40. It is a bit small when I have to cook for more than 5 people, but other than that it is terrific.
Cook Illustrated assessed the Chefmate performance equivalent to the more expensive LeCreuset.
IKEA also has 5 and 7 Qtr. enameled w/black interior Dutch Ovens are a very reasonable price, the cookware line is called Senior and they are made in France.
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