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Dutch Ovens Buying Guide

A Dutch oven is a pot that is suitable for use on the stovetop as well as in the oven. It's a staple to have in your kitchen repertoire because it is great for cooking braises, soups, and other one-pot meals. Although there are many available sizes, a 4- to 6-quart size will handle many kitchen duties, the most rewarding being a slow-cooked meal.

Types of Dutch Ovens

Types of Dutch Ovens

Get ready for some heavy lifting, with or without hot food. Most Dutch ovens are made of heavy metals for retaining heat and even browning. So once your Dutch oven is filled with delicious foods, be prepared to hoist a heavy load. The most common type of Dutch ovens is porcelain enamel-coated cast iron. Others include straight cast iron, stainless steel, and copper. Dutch ovens are designed to have straight sides and tight-fitting lids.

Cast Iron

This original heavy-duty Dutch oven will last a lifetime. When new, this vessel requires "seasoning" with oil. But if used often, it will hold its seasoning. Acidic foods should not be cooked in cast iron as the metal causes a reaction.

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Lodge

Grandma was on to something with timeless cast iron, preferred by many chefs for its durability and superior heat retention. Ready...-to-use pre-seasoned Lodge Dutch oven gives that homespun cast-iron appeal and solid performance for stovetop or oven braises, stews, casseroles and other one-pot favorites. Because of its extremely high heat retention, cast iron is a versatile material that can be used on almost any heat source-even over a grill or campfire. From pan-fried fish to cornbread, and pizza to bacon and eggs, cast-iron skillets, griddles, pans and woks cook up an outdoor feast. This heavy-duty cookware serves up sides, too. See it in action to learn how to cook with and care for the classic cookware. Learn more. View all Lodge products -Pre-seasoned cast iron -Superior heat distribution and retention -Soy-based, vegetable oil coating gives a natural nonstick finish -Hand wash -Hand dry immediately after rinsing to avoid rusting -Made in USA read more

Calphalon Enamel Cast Iron
$143.99
at Kohl's

Calphalon enamel cast iron cookware is made from high quality, heavy weight cast iron which evenly distributes and retains the hea...t. Because it retains heat better than traditional cookware, it is ideal for slow-cooking foods to achieve tender and flavorful results. The black enamel interior is also naturally stick resistant, allowing for easy cooking and cleanup, and provides healthier cooking since less oil and butter is used. Each piece of Simply Calphalon enamel cast iron cookware is carefully crafted, then coated with richly colored enamel to create its one-of-a-kind finish. Compatible for all cooktops including induction and oven/broiler safe. The lids feature self-basting spikes for continuous basting during the cooking process and comes in handy when braising meats. Lifetime warranty.Product dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 4.5-inches deep. For overall dimensions which includes handle/handles and lid, please click on Specs tab. read more

Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron
$117.49
at Kohl's

Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Cookware features superior heat distribution and retention providing outstanding cooking results. Pr...oduces tender and flavorful meats, soups, stews, breads, cobblers and many other dishes. The new manufacturing techniques combined with improved materials and design have revitalized old world cooking traditions to offer superior product performance and versatility for an exceptional cooking experience. read more

Threshold

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Threshold cast iron dutch oven - .25 qt

Porcelain Enamel-Coated Cast Iron

For even cooking and browning, this Dutch oven is built to last, although inexpensive versions may chip or crack. Because this pot is coated, no seasoning is required and cleanup is a snap. This vessel distributes heat evenly, eliminating hot spots on the bottom and cold up the sides.

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Lodge
$57.99
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! This beautiful 6-quart, cast-iron enamel dutch oven by lodge is great for cookin...g, marinating, refrigerating and freezing. It can be used on gas, electric, ceramic and induction cook tops and is oven safe up to 400 f. Not recommended for microwaves, outdoor grills or over open outdoor flames. Although it's dishwasher safe, hand washing with warm soapy water is recommended to preserve the cookwares original appearance and durability. read more

Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron
$117.49
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Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Cookware features superior heat distribution and retention providing outstanding cooking results. Pr...oduces tender and flavorful meats, soups, stews, breads, cobblers and many other dishes. The new manufacturing techniques combined with improved materials and design have revitalized old world cooking traditions to offer superior product performance and versatility for an exceptional cooking experience. read more

Calphalon Enamel Cast Iron
$143.99
at Kohl's

Calphalon enamel cast iron cookware is made from high quality, heavy weight cast iron which evenly distributes and retains the hea...t. Because it retains heat better than traditional cookware, it is ideal for slow-cooking foods to achieve tender and flavorful results. The black enamel interior is also naturally stick resistant, allowing for easy cooking and cleanup, and provides healthier cooking since less oil and butter is used. Each piece of Simply Calphalon enamel cast iron cookware is carefully crafted, then coated with richly colored enamel to create its one-of-a-kind finish. Compatible for all cooktops including induction and oven/broiler safe. The lids feature self-basting spikes for continuous basting during the cooking process and comes in handy when braising meats. Lifetime warranty.Product dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 4.5-inches deep. For overall dimensions which includes handle/handles and lid, please click on Specs tab. read more

Lodge
$86.99
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Prepare your favorite soups and stews with the lodge 7.5-quart dutch oven. This ...cast-iron oven retains heat for a long time and facilitates fast cooking. It does not absorb odors or flavors, making it ideal for marinating, heating and refrigerating food. This enameled cast-iron dutch oven can be used on any cooking surface, including induction. It's resistant to heat, corrosion, rust and water. The lodge cast-iron dutch oven is chip resistant as well. read more

Stainless Steel

A stainless-steel Dutch oven is durable and heats well. For superb heat conduction, some stainless-steel pots have a copper core encapsulated between the layers of steel.

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Calphalon
$49.99
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! With a stainless steel exterior and aluminum interior, the calphalon kitchen ess...entials stainless steel 5-quart covered dutch oven is ideal for your everyday cooking needs. Fry, bake, or stew your favorite recipes in this dutch oven with a 10-inch bowl. The stainless steel resists breaking and delivers a steady flow of heat. This piece is safe on the stovetop or in the oven up to 450 degrees. Cooking is easier with riveted, soft-grip handles and silicone-coated lids that remain cool to the touch. Featuring a tempered glass lid, this calphalon dutch oven allows you to see the food as it cooks. This cookware is this dishwasher-safe, making... read more

Tramontina
$160.00
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! The tramontina gourmet tri-ply clad induction-ready stainless steel 5 qt. Covere...d dutch oven is a must have for slow-cooking meats or making soups, stews and chili. tramontina's tri-ply clad cookware is a valuable investment, which will prove its worth each time it is used. its tri-ply clad construction provides heat from all sides; not just the bottom, while the 18/10 precision-fitted, stainless steel lids help to lock in nutrients, and the ergonomically designed, cast stainless steel handles are riveted for stability. Designed to withstand repeated usage even in the most demanding kitchens, this cookware is ideal for home... read more

Calphalon??
$54.99 $70.00
at Belk

Calphalon 5-qt. Stainless Steel Dutch Oven. The Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel 5-qt. Dutch Oven is built to last with time savi...ng features. It has etched fill lines that make measuring easy and a cover with straining holes that line up with pour spouts to drain liquids so you don't have to use a separate colander. The pan is made from brushed stainless steel with an impact-bonded aluminum base for fast, even heating. The 5-qt. Dutch Oven is the perfect stovetop-to-oven pan, ideal for braising comfort foods such as p read more

All-Clad
$275.00
at Belk

All-Clad 5.5-qt. Stainless Steel Dutch Oven. Prepare flavorful slow-cooked meals in a single pot with the All-Clad 5.5-qt Dutch Ov...en. Made for braising, stewing, browning, and slow cooking, this large-capacity Dutch oven has a domed lid designed for returning moisture and flavor to your meal. read more

Copper

Because of its superior heat conductivity and ease for controlling temperature, copper is a good choice. But copper reacts with acidic foods, so it is best if the pot is lined with stainless steel.

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Tramontina
$80.99
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Tramontina style ceramica 5 quart aluminum dutch oven - metallic copper

Kitchen Universe

Copper-Core collection is composed of five layers of securely bonded metals that run through the bottom and the way up the sides: ...a stainless steel cooking surface, a thick core of copper sandwiched between tow layers of aluminum, and a stainless steel exterior. The copper at the center of each piece guarantees maximum and even heat conductivity, while the stick resistant 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface is a joy to use. Cookware for true connoisseurs, Copper-Core has a superb "cut-away design that makes a striking display in any kitchen. Unique bonded 5-ply construction combines the culinary performance of copper with the cleaning ease of stainless steel Copper center for maximum and even heat conductivity Stainless steel surface will not react with food and is stick resistant Long, stay cool handles are secured with sturdy, non-corrosive rivets Polished stainless steel bids that fit even with the pan's edges to seal in the flavor of your goods Capacity: 5.5 qt Dimensions: 13.1 x 11.7 x 5.4 in Lifetime warranty Made in the USA read more

Mauviel

One of our favorite ways to cook and serve delicious one-pot meals. This elegant and efficient Dutch oven is ideal for everything ...from braising and browning to stewing and slow cooking. Tight-fitting lid seals in moisture while you cook and keeps food warm till you’re ready to serve. Stay-cool, ergonomic cast iron handles are securely riveted to pan for a lifetime of use. Stainless-steel interior is easy to clean, and polished copper exterior retains its good looks for years to come. Compatible with any stovetop heat source, except induction. Oven and broiler safe. 6.4-quart capacity. Hand wash. Lifetime warranty. Hand made in France. M’HERITAGE 150 COPPER COLLECTION Mauviel combines two powerful materials–90% copper and 10% 18/10 stainless steel–to create cookware of unsurpassed quality. The 1.5-mm copper exterior delivers exceptional heat conductivity and control, and the stainless steel lining is non-reactive, preserving the flavor and nutrients of food. Chefs around the world rely on this durable cookware, which is guaranteed for life against manufacturing defects. read more

Mauviel
$494.95 $495.00
at CHEFS Catalog

Soup & Stock Pots - For today's discerning and busy cooks, the Mauviel M'heritage M'150c Copper and Stainless-Steel Stew Pot/Dutch... Oven with Lid is the preferred no-fuss way to slow cook, roast, simmer and stew delectable recipes for all your family and friends. Exquisitely bonded with a 90% polished copper exterior and 10% stainless-steel interior, the long-lasting cookware will not split or separate. The superior-performing Mauviel copper Dutch oven conducts heat 2 times faster than aluminum and 10 times faster than stainless-steel cookware. PFOA- and PTFE-free and a generous 1.5 mm thick, the Mauviel copper cookware uniformly bakes, braises and marinates recipes including chili, enchiladas, pot roasts, ham and potatoes, even cakes and fruit cobblers. Crafted in France by world-renowned Mauviel, the stewpot/Dutch oven also cools quickly so foods don't overheat and you maintain smooth control of cook times. The nonreactive 18/10 stainless-steel interior and snug-fit copper lid helps preserve food flavor - Specifications Made in France Material: polished copper pan and lid exterior; 18/10 stainless-steel interior; stainless-steel rivets; clear-coated, cast-iron pan and lid handles 1.9-qt. Stew Pot/Dutch Oven with Cover Model: 6431.17 Capacity: 1.9 qt. Size: 6 1/4" Dia. (10" with handles) x 3 1/2"H (4 1/4" with lid) Weight: 3 lb. 2 oz. 2.7-qt. Stew Pot/Dutch Oven with Cover Model: 6431.19 Capacity: 2.7 qt. Size: 7" Dia. (10 1/2" with handles) x 4"H (5" with lid) Weight: 3 lb. 11 oz. 3.6-qt. Stew Pot/Dutch Oven with Cover Model: 6431.21 Capacity: 3.6 qt. Size: 8" Dia. (11 1/4" with handles) x 4 1/2"H (5 1/2" with lid) Weight: 4 lb. 5 oz. 6.4-qt. Stew Pot/Dutch Oven with Cover Model: 6431.25 Capacity: 6.4 qt. Size: 9 1/2" Dia. (13 1/4" with handles) x 4 3/4"H (6" with lid) Weight: 6 lb. 3 oz. Use and Care Before first use and after use, carefully hand wash yo read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When buying a Dutch oven, you'll be making a significant investment in the cookware item. Yet it's one of those items that could last nearly a lifetime, so once you recover from the sticker shock, you'll find it a wonderful investment for years of delicious meals, all from one pot.

Shapes

Dutch ovens come in round and oval shapes. The shape you choose is really a matter of preference.

Sizes

Dutch ovens range in size from 1-1/2 quarts to 9 quarts. For everyday, single-batch cooking, opt for a 4- to 6-quart pot. If you do a lot of big-batch cooking, it's wise to invest in a larger pot.

Nonstick

Some stainless-steel Dutch ovens have a nonstick-interior option. The cleanup is easy, but know that special care must be taken to avoid scratching and harming the interior.

Lid

The lid should be heavy and tight-fitting to seal in the moisture and yield tender, flavorful meals. The handle on the lid should be easy to grasp with a hot pad.

Handles

If you buy a Dutch oven made from a material other than cast iron, be sure it has two sturdy, solid handles for lifting the pot in and out of the oven. If the handles are flimsy or made of plastic, they could pose a safety hazard.

Colors

If you want an enamel-coated Dutch oven, this is the fun part: There are several colors to choose from. You can pick a color to match your kitchen, or go bold with a pop of new color.

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$299.95 $430.00
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