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Issue 65 · Belgium and Beyond · March 27, 2013

10 Easy Pieces: Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

Issue 65 · Belgium and Beyond · March 27, 2013

Over the past two decades, my trusty (and weighty) 5-quart cast iron pot has covered a lot of ground, moving with me from Seattle to London and back to San Francisco. It's a part of my kitchen arsenal that I could not live without.

Cast iron cookware has long been a favorite with chefs (amateur and professional alike), who appreciate its ability to conduct heat evenly and move from the stove top to oven to tabletop. Here's a roundup of our favorite cast iron Dutch ovens (deep, capacious cooking pots ideal for making braises, soups, and daubes), which will last a lifetime and add a rustic note to your kitchen.

The Alessi La Cintura di Orione Cast-Iron Oval Cocotte in enameled cast iron designed by Richard Sapper; $263 through the Alessi Shop.

Above: The Alessi La Cintura di Orione Cast-Iron Oval Cocotte in enameled cast iron was designed by Richard Sapper; $270 at the Alessi Shop.

The Aga Oval Casserole (L) and the Aga Round Casserole (R) are currently available at March in black matte (white versions should be in stock shortly). Prices range from $120 (for the 1.3 liter size) to $268 (for the 4.5 liter size). Contact March to orde

Above: The Aga Oval Casserole in black matte enameled cast iron is available from San Francisco kitchen shop March; prices range from $120 (for the 1.3 liter size) to $268 (for the 4.5 liter size). Contact March to order.

Staub's 5-Quart Cocotte made of cast-iron with an interior black matte enamel finish is available in many colors (shown in matte black); $219.95 at Amazon.

Above: Staub's 5-Quart Cocotte is made of cast iron and features a black-matte enamel interior; it's available in a range of colors (shown above in matte black); $259.95 at Amazon.

The classic Le Creuset Signature Round 5.5-Quart Dutch Oven of enameled cast iron is available in several colors including Ocean (shown); $265 at Willams-Sonoma. Other sizes available.

Above: The classic Le Creuset Signature Round 5.5-Quart Dutch Oven of enameled cast iron is available in several sizes and colors, including Ocean (shown above); $265 at Willams-Sonoma.

Clever Multi-functional Wood handle secures into the two side handles for lifting the lid for serving, it easily comes out for use in the oven, and you can use the slot in either end to lift the lid with it's center handle. iittala's Sarpaneva 3-Quart Cas

Above: Iittala's Sarpaneva 3-Quart Cast Iron Cassrole with Wooden Handle is as functional as it is appealing. Made of heavy cast iron with a white enamel interior finish, the casserole's clever wooden handle can be removed when you put the pot in the oven; $290 at Amazon.

Lodge Logic 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven

Above: The century-old company Lodge Manufacturing (the only producer of foundry seasoned cast iron cookware in the United States) offers the Lodge Logic 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven, featuring a high dome lid that works double duty as a skillet. Pre-seasoned with a proprietary vegetable oil, it's $34.97 at Amazon.

Yanagi Iron Deep Pan

Above: Japanese industrial designer Soetsu Yanagi's cast iron Yanagi Iron Deep Pan is 8.75 inches in diameter; $260 at Tortoise General Store.

Grenadine Round Cocotte in Enameled Cast Iron, Remodelista

Above: Staub's Grenadine Round Cocotte features an enameled cast iron interior and exterior for $299 for the 7-quart size from Sur la Table.

Lodge Pro-Logic Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Remodelista

Above: The Lodge Pro-Logic P12D3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven has a pre-seasoned cast iron, 7-quart body for $63.27 from Amazon.

Lodge Cast Iron 5-Quart Dutch Oven with Glass Lid

Above: The Lodge Cast Iron 5-Quart Dutch Oven with Glass Lid comes pre-seasoned with a soy-based, kosher-certified vegetable oil coating that gives a natural nonstick finish. The tempered glass and stainless steel lid with resin knob is oven safe; $49.95 at Crate and Barrel.

If you are interested in cast iron skillets, see our earlier post Design Sleuth: Cast Iron Cookware from Lodge.

N.B.: This post is update; the original story ran on April 4, 2012.



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