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Dutch Oven Lovin’

September 2, 2008

I have been longing, longing for an enamel dutch oven. I was hoping for a Le Creuset for Christmas, but logically thinking that it wasn’t likely since they cost a fortune. I saved enough Amazon gift certificates to get a 6 quart Lodge dutch oven. It’s price is $52.35, but with my gift certificate I paid only $1.99 out of pocket, because I’m thrifty like that. I chose this lovely blue colored one. I’ve been wanting to make the famous New York Time’s no knead bread for more than a year, but it wasn’t only that. Dutch ovens are so useful for so many things, braising meats, stews and soups.

When I read the reviews on Amazon, the only complaint that I saw was that the plastic handle melts over 400 degrees. The no knead bread has to bake at 450 degrees, so that could be problematic. However, somebody mentioned that they just went to the hardware store and bought a metal knob and switched it out. Since this was the only complaint and some of the reviewers owned both Lodge and Le Creuset, so could make accurate comparisons, I figured the couple of bucks spent replacing the knob would be well worth the $100+ price savings.

The interior is the same exact color as coconut milk. I know this because the first night I got it, I cooked a spicy bean stew that starts with infusing the coconut milk with ginger and spices. The blue and the cream color make foods look much prettier than stainless steel.

My new $3.97 metal knob. I think it’s more attractive than the black plastic one anyway.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Evelyn permalink
    September 2, 2008 7:06 pm

    I love the color! Very smart trading out that handle. Wonderful price on the dutch oven. I know you will really enjoy it.

  2. Angelina permalink
    September 3, 2008 6:28 pm

    Such a pretty pot! I like the new knob too. Can’t wait to hear about the no-knead results!

  3. april. permalink
    September 4, 2008 5:54 am

    oh, how cool! i’ve always wanted a dutch oven, too. and i’ve got a vintage le creuset waiting for me at my mom’s house. (belonged to a great-great aunt, ended up with my grandma, who never used it). it’s just so heavy, the postage is off-putting. i’ve been collecting old le creuset and descoware cast iron enamel ware for a while. my favorite stuff to cook with!

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