The dutch oven, a large lidded pot constructed of cast iron and ideal for braising, stewing and slow cooking in large batches, is a staple in every home cook's kitchen. Use them to make soups, stews and roasts or even bake bread. We feature a selection of high quality dutch ovens from all your favorite brands, including Le Creuset, Calphalon and Lodge. Browse non stick, enamel and cast iron dutch ovens from Crate and Barrel in a variety of sizes and colors.
Le Creuset's enamel dutch ovens are one of their most well-known items and most highly-esteemed. The company, with an aim of making cooking more accessible, palatable and enjoyable for the general public, released the first enameled cast iron dutch oven in 1925, coining the term "French oven." There tends to be some confusion concerning the two terms. French ovens are simply dutch ovens with an enamel coating. In recent years, though, Le Creuset has reverted to selling their cocottes as "dutch ovens," so as to avoid further confusion. The enamel surface creates an aesthetically pleasing piece of cast iron cookware—in a rainbow of cookware colors—but is not ideal for dry frying and requires liquid or fat for most recipes. Though Le Creuset dutch ovens are some of the most expensive on the market, they all come with a lifetime warranty. The heavy-duty, high-quality cookware is meant to last for decades, and, with the proper care, the enamel surface will help you create magic in the kitchen for years.
Non stick cookware makes food release and cleanup fast and simple. Calphalon, a younger company than Le Creuset—its origins land in the early 1960s—offers a dutch oven with a ceramic non stick cooking surface. Non stick dutch ovens are ideal for searing or braising meats, then finishing dishes in the oven. Calphalon's version of the cookware comes with looped stainless steel handles that fit perfectly in the dutch oven and make for easy transfer to the table. The aluminum construction allows food to heat quickly and evenly. Calphalon dutch ovens are much less expensive than those offered by Le Creuset, but each pot still comes with a lifetime warranty. Because of the materials used for non stick cookware, the color and design options of Calphalon cookware are more limited than what Le Creuset offers. The sleek, simple style is possibly a better option for home cooks in need of a dutch oven to seamlessly fit into their existing kitchen cookware collection.
Cast iron dutch ovens are brutally tough and highly durable, made for decades of cooking just about anything, but especially for slow cooking dishes in medium to large batches. Lodge, a company built from a family foundry formed over 100 years ago, makes high-quality, affordable cast iron dutch ovens. Their cast iron is pre-seasoned with soy-based vegetable oil, giving it a non stick finish and preventing the cookware from rusting in your cupboard. The heavy-duty quality of the dutch oven and the high heat retention of the cast iron makes the pot compatible with just about any heat source, including grills and campfires. Like those offered by Calphalon, Lodge dutch ovens don't have the color and design selection offered by enamel-coated brands like Le Creuset, but the cast iron has a character all its own. To add a traditional and rustic look to your kitchen, consider a cast iron dutch oven.
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