Dutch ovens are a versatile addition to your kitchen arsenal that can handle anything from pots to toast to even bread. We have looked at the best for each situation.
At first glance, you might think that a Dutch oven is a frivolous extra-an old favorite from many years. They are actually quite useful though. With a thick bottom, they retain the heat well, so that the heat is maintained throughout the bowl (and not just in certain areas). Alongside it, the heavy lids keep flavors from dropping, as well as locks in moisture. It is a strong mixture which means that they are especially good for pots, soups, chili and curry. Everything that needs slow cooking can in principle be put together with a Dutch oven for great results. You can even use them to bake delicious craftsmen.
Best overall: Lodge 6 Quart Enamelled cast iron Dutch oven ($ 58)
Lodge has quite a heavy here because it is so good (and economical) their Dutch ovens are. Its traditional look Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is the perfect addition to any kitchen. A respectable size for the average family, it is well made so it will go this year. It uses porcelain enamel on cast iron, which means that the glassy surface is bonded to the mold at high temperatures so that it becomes heat resistant, while being impervious to water and other substances.
Thanks to that, it can be light in your oven up to 500F, and stay on your stovetop for sautéing or simmering tasks. Such versatility means that it quickly becomes your favorite cooking, no matter what you prepare.
For those who love to have a color-coordinated kitchen, there are many options here as well. The bowl looks good on the kitchen's top side.
Best Premium Options: Le Creuset Signature French Oven ($ 375)
The kitchen utensil Le Creuset is a brand that makes most cooking experts go "oooh" in awe and with good reason. It is expensive but of exceptionally high quality. The kind of thing you buy as a solid investment for you and future generations in your family. It's also the perfect thing to ask for as a wedding gift, for hi, that's what wedding lists are made for.
Le Creuset Signature French Oven resists the same heat as the Lodge (500F) but it is all else about what makes it stand out. It has a 45% larger handle than most, so you can be assured of an even and stable grip, even when you are wearing oven stove. Thick quality design offers more even heat distribution than the competition. It also has a sand-colored interior enamel that can withstand wear longer than the coating available on budget brands.
Certainly it's over 5 times the price of the Lodge Dutch oven but the point is that you (and your children and perhaps your grandchildren will never have to buy another pot after this one.
Best Small Dutch Oven: Lodge 5qt Cast Iron Dutch Oven ($ 40)