How Our Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven Is Made

After searching for years, we found the best Enameled Cast Iron factory in Northeast France to craft our Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven.

George Steckel|Jan 31, 2022
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Crafting cookware is both a science and an art. The art is rooted in decades of craftsmanship, of creating tools the old way — finishing pieces by hand and always respecting the history of making cookware. But the science, well, that comes from innovation and reinventing how cookware can be made through new processes and formulas.

In our opinion, the best cookware shows deep respect for history, while always innovating to make a piece perform better. It should show respect for your grandmother's recipes, while driving you to innovate on them. And there’s no better example of this balance that we can think of than our new

Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

. Here’s how it's made.

The Shape

Our Dutch Oven starts with the mold, which is formed from recycled compressed sand before it is filled with Cast Iron. Our mold is in the shape of a classic cocotte, with modernized handles to make our Dutch Oven more ergonomic.

The Cast Iron

Our Cast Iron is a unique blend, featuring 80% recycled Cast Iron. It is composed of pieces that did not meet our high standards and fragments from other Cast Iron equipment, which are melted down for reuse.

It doesn’t stop there. Our Cast Iron is forged with certain compounds that reduce the weight of the finished product, while still ensuring it’s incomparably durable. Because these compounds are added while the Cast Iron is still liquid, they flow into the mold more effectively, creating a stronger product.

Hand Finished and Enameled

Once the Dutch Oven shape has formed in the sand mold, the mold is then broken, leaving behind the Cast Iron Dutch Oven. The Dutch Oven gets touched up by hand so that the enameling coating will adhere properly.

After the

Dutch Oven

is fully prepped, it gets sent down the road for enameling, a process that gives our Dutch Oven its smooth interior and exterior.

First, our Dutch Oven receives a layer of black enamel, which is baked in an oven to set. Then, the outside receives a layer of our Navy Blue coating and is baked one last time. All of our enameling is applied by hand.

The Best Place to Pour Cast Iron

All of this happens on one road in France. The combination of decades of craftsmanship and innovation produces the best product. It’s one that’s perfect for baking bread, searing short ribs, and serving cassoulet.

Our Dutch Oven is a beautiful piece of cookware that will last for generations, thanks to the art and innovation of our foundry in Northeast France.