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Object of Desire: A Sleek Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, Nicely Priced

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Object of Desire: A Sleek Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, Nicely Priced

April 20, 2018

Though we love to cook in Dutch ovens at home, we can’t deny that they’re pricey (making them “prime for disruption”). Enter Milo, founded by LA-based Zach Schau. He’s a serial entrepreneur (he was a co-founder of bike manufacturer Pure Cycles in his twenties) who had taken to using a coated cast iron Dutch oven at home and wondered whether he could find a way to bring the price down. After visiting factories in Europe, the US, and Asia, Schau concluded that “the process of casting iron is a centuries-old technology and the materials are affordable,” but that the large overhead of established brands necessitated the high prices. Adopting the now-ubiquitous direct-to-consumer model, Schau just released his first product: the Milo Dutch oven in a single color and size, comparable in quality (he says) to the famous brands and backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Photography courtesy of Milo.

Milo launched last week, with one product: a solid cast iron Dutch oven coated in glossy white enamel with an exposed iron rim. It holds 5.3 liters (a little more than 5½ quarts), which the company says can hold dinner for up to six people.
Above: Milo launched last week, with one product: a solid cast iron Dutch oven coated in glossy white enamel with an exposed iron rim. It holds 5.3 liters (a little more than 5½ quarts), which the company says can hold dinner for up to six people.

The Milo Dutch Oven is $95 (compared to almost $400 for a similarly sized French alternative, says the company). US shipping is free.
Above: The Milo Dutch Oven is $95 (compared to almost $400 for a similarly sized French alternative, says the company). US shipping is free.
Cast iron is beloved by cooks for its even distribution of heat. Milo recommends using the pot on a medium burner temperature and gradually reducing it as your food cooks.

The Milo pot has a white enamel coating inside and out, which can tolerate heat from all types of burners, while metal utensils are not recommended. (&#8
Above: The Milo pot has a white enamel coating inside and out, which can tolerate heat from all types of burners, while metal utensils are not recommended. (“Enamel is a type of glass, so it’s mostly scratch-resistant, but we’d prefer if you didn’t test it,” says the company.) The lid is coated cast iron, and its knob is solid stainless steel.

Milo makes maintenance recommendations on its website: Small brown spots that accumulate with use can be removed with soap and water or Bar Keeper’s Friend, and an occasional rubdown with a thin coat of oil will help prevent spots from occurring in the first place.

If you&#8
Above: If you’re new to cooking in a cast iron Dutch oven, note that there’s more in your future than coq au vin. To help newbies, Milo is publishing its favorite Recipes to cook in the pot, including Risotto, Bread (shown in the top photo), and the Kale & White Bean Stew (shown here).
The Milo Dutch oven has integrated, cast iron handles. It&#8
Above: The Milo Dutch oven has integrated, cast iron handles. It’s made in China, in a factory near Beijing, and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

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