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Old 11-18-2006, 04:43 PM   #1
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Question Need Dutch Oven

The Dutch Oven I am using is over 50 years old. It is the old hammered aluminum kind. I want to buy a new one and have no idea of what to get. What do you have that you are happy with?

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Old 11-18-2006, 04:49 PM   #2
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I don't know what your budget is but, after trying various ones over the years, we bought a Le Creuset Dutch oven several years ago. Actually, we bought 2 and love them both.

I braised several pounds of turkey necks this week to make a base stock for my Thanksgiving turkey gravy and it turned out perfectly.

One of the things I like best about Le Creuset is that the lids fit nice and tightly. Barely any moisture escapes so all the good yummies stay inside. Another of its good features is that because it is cast-iron it's a great heat conductor and holds the heat well.

Just my two cents worth.
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Old 11-18-2006, 04:55 PM   #3
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I'll enter another vote for Le Creuset. I have two and use them all the time. The lids are tight, they heat evenly, and clean easily.
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:31 PM   #4
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While Le Creuset are really good, they aren't really the only show in town and if budget is a factor, there is MUCH to choose from. But I definitely would get an enamel cast iron oven (LC is actually a "French oven", of course) and NOT an aluminum or stainless steel one. I do have a couple of LCs and the Innova. They are WONDerful cooking utensils and you will enjoy the enamel cast iron ever so much more than the aluminum. And I used to have one of those too!!
Go to Amazon and do a search for enamel cast iron oven. Right now a 6 qt. Lodge is on sale for about $60. There is a line called Innova --the 7 qt. can be had for $50 (I have it in bright canary yellow and LOVE it). Daniel Bolud has a line that is under $100. And Mario Batali has a 6qt. for $100 (and sometimes on sale for $70). I purchased 3 of the latter for Christmas presents for our children.
If you REALLY want a LC and want to shop for price, look at www.caplanduval.com . It is a Canadian company and even with shipping their LC is often VERy reasonable.
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Old 11-18-2006, 06:44 PM   #5
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I've had a variety of Dutch ovens. The one my mom and dad got for a wedding present in 1946 still makes a fine pot roast. It's silver in color, and quite heavy...could be like the hammered aluminum pan you have, although my husband thinks it's some kind of alloy.
I had a Le Creuset, and it's a fine pot, but too heavy for me, so I gave it to our son. Still have the old cast iron one we used for camping. I've hung on to all my cast iron, even though I don't use it.
I have two Dutch ovens from Calaphon. One is oval, and looks a lot like the old one of my mom's, right down to the shape of the handles. It doesn't have the non-stick finish, but I seasoned it, and it cleans quite easily. It also has the trivet to go in the bottom, as does mom's.
The other is black, like the skillets I have, but it's a newer Calaphon alloy. I use it a lot for stews and the like. It's a great piece.

Each of the above has it's good qualities, but if I had to pick just one, I'd go with the silver Calaphon. My second choice would be the Le Creuset.
Both are quite pricey, but I've learned over the years that it's cheaper in the long run to buy the good stuff, even if you must buy one at a time. For one thing, most have a lifetime guarantee. I've had both Le Creuset and Calaphon replace items I had a problem with.
And they really do cook better.



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I also would recommend a cast iron DO, but as someone mentioned, Le Creuset is SO bloody expensive. I have a small pot of theirs that I use almost every day, but for larger things, I have two different sized cast iron DOs. The larger of the two I actually purchased in the camping supply section of Wal Mart. Cost about $35. The smaller I inherited. :)

Check estate sales in your area if you have the time. They quite often have nifty stuff.
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Old 11-18-2006, 09:32 PM   #7
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While cast iron is a great cooking pot, it isn't good for tomato based things. And it requires a lot of care. There are VERY good enamel cast iron ovens available for good prices. It is worth $50.
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Old 11-18-2006, 10:17 PM   #8
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I think you all are right about spending the money to get a good one. Thank you so much for your advice.
You guys are great, I knew I could come to you and get some help.
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Old 11-19-2006, 07:54 AM   #9
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I think you all are right about spending the money to get a good one. Thank you so much for your advice.
You guys are great, I knew I could come to you and get some help.
But please look at my suggestions for good quality at also good prices. It is possible to do both.
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Old 11-19-2006, 09:43 AM   #10
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If you like the weight of aluminum I suggest Calphalon One hard anodized 5 qt or 8 1/2 qt cooking vessels.

They both sell for about $100 each.

the 5 qt comes with a steamer insert.

You can still get the older discontinued 5 qt. Calphalon Commercial nonstick from amazon.com for about $30.

http://www.amazon.com/Calphalon-Nons...UTF8&s=kitchen

http://www.amazon.com/Calphalon-Infu...UTF8&s=kitchen

http://www.amazon.com/Calphalon-Comm...&s=home-garden
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