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A Dutch Oven Is the Most Useful Pot in Your Kitchen

Learn more about what makes a Dutch Oven unique and necessary to have at home.

George Steckel|Nov 26, 2021
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A

Dutch Oven

is a heavy-duty pot that excels at searing proteins, braising tough cuts of meat, simmering stews, and baking bread. Many design elements go into making a Dutch Oven, including the size, material, and coating. This blog post will cover all the features that make a Dutch Oven one of the most valuable tools to have in the kitchen.

But First, What Is a Dutch Oven Used For?

A Dutch Oven

shines at cooking just about everything because of its high walls, amazing heat retention abilities, and wide cooking surface.

One of the most popular uses for a Dutch Oven is braising, which involves cooking tough cuts of meat in a flavorful liquid with vegetables. The cast iron core allows you to get a perfect sear on your meat, and the enamel coating provides a smooth surface for you to sweat your vegetables without worrying about them sticking.

A Dutch Oven is also great for building chili, soups, and stews. The large size allows you to batch cook, and since Dutch Ovens retain their heat exceptionally well, you can leave soup or chili slow cooking on the stove for hours.

Dutch Ovens are also perfect for achieving restaurant-style fried food while at home. Due to their depth, they act as a deep-fryer, and can fully submerge any food you choose to fry, whether that’s onion rings, chicken, or vegetable tempura. Plus, you can fit more than enough oil in the Dutch Oven without having to worry about it splattering over the edge.

And lastly, they are the perfect vessel for

baking bread

due to their unique ability to trap steam inside.

The Two Dutch Oven Materials

Dutch Ovens come in two different materials: Unfinished Cast Iron and Enameled Cast Iron. The main

difference between them

is the coating.

Enameled Cast Iron has a Cast Iron core and an enameled finish, providing the high-heating capabilities associated with Cast Iron and the smooth cooking surface associated with enamel coatings. What you’re left with is a Dutch Oven that can sear short ribs, braise vegetables, and keep stock at a simmer for hours. Enameled Cast Iron is beloved by home cooks because it does not require any seasoning and can be washed with soap and water. That’s it.

Unfinished Cast Iron can perform the same cooking tasks as Enameled Cast Iron, except they require seasoning and upkeep of that seasoning throughout cooking with it. It can be more of a pain to care for, and that is the biggest difference.

What Size Is Best?

Dutch Ovens

can either be circular or oval, and

range in sizes

from 2 Quart to 9 Quarts, but the most popular Dutch Oven is circular and 5.5 Quarts. This size comfortably fits one whole chicken, a loaf of bread, soup for a crowd, and braised short ribs for four. The circular base, opposed to the oval base, fits on all burners and makes stirring a breeze.

Made In’s Dutch Oven

We couldn't be more proud to bring our new

Dutch Oven

to you. We partnered with a manufacturer in Northeast France with over a century of experience to make sure every detail is perfect. Complete with an enamel coating that is sprayed entirely by hand, the finished product is a piece of cookware that looks as good sitting on the stovetop simmering away as it does on your table with a beautifully braised piece of meat inside.

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