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Title: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: boulderbrewer on February 28, 2011, 05:17:07 AM
Weaz had dutch oven question but what are your experiences with these things. You can blow nearly 300 bills on these. What do you have and how do they work? Cast iron or enameled cast iron. How about heat can they take an egg?
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: euge on February 28, 2011, 06:29:48 AM
I go an Emeril 6 quart since the price was right. It has served me well for $40. I seasoned it myself.

Holds heat extremely well. Used it to fry and braise and even have done dishes in the smoker. I see no reason why it wouldn't last longer than my lifetime if cared for.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: punatic on February 28, 2011, 07:52:40 AM
Back in the days when people cooked over open fires, dutch ovens were highly prized and handed down as heirlooms.

We cook in a dutch oven a lot on Scouting campouts.  We surround/bury them in hot coals, so an egg is no problem.  It's pretty amazing what all you can cook in one.

Euge is right, you don't need to drop three bills on a dutch oven.  Good ones can be had for much less.  IMHO cast iron ones are great.  There are plenty of YouTube videos showing how to season/clean/cook with a cast iron dutch oven.
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Post by: phillamb168 on February 28, 2011, 10:39:50 AM
We're gonna pick one up soonish as well - we have a fire pit that I'd like to try to cook on. You can get inexpensive kits that include a tripod that you hang the dutch oven on, so it's suspended over a fire. Dunno about the price. I've seen them at the local garden shop for 50 euros. Cast iron's the way to go, IMHO.
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Post by: tygo on February 28, 2011, 12:18:12 PM
I picked up a Cuisinart porcelain enameled cast iron 7 qt for $60 at Marshall's about two months ago and really like it.  Places like that are hit and miss but you can sometimes get good deals.  I hear Costco has a reasonably priced one as well but I haven't been able to find it.   

I had my eye on the Le Creuset as well but just couldn't bring myself to part with that much coin.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: phillamb168 on February 28, 2011, 12:30:30 PM
I picked up a Cuisinart porcelain enameled cast iron 7 qt for $60 at Marshall's about two months ago and really like it.  Places like that are hit and miss but you can sometimes get good deals.  I hear Costco has a reasonably priced one as well but I haven't been able to find it.   

I had my eye on the Le Creuset as well but just couldn't bring myself to part with that much coin.

Problem is, I don't think you can use the enameled ones over open flame, which in my mind kinda defeats the purpose.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: tygo on February 28, 2011, 01:02:06 PM
Yes, you can.  If you couldn't then yeah, I agree that would partially defeat the purpose.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: phillamb168 on February 28, 2011, 01:58:13 PM
I misspoke - I meant enameled ceramic, not enameled cast iron.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: Hokerer on February 28, 2011, 02:23:52 PM
Like Punatic, we use dutch ovens all the time on Scout campouts.  In my opinion, seasoned cast iron is the way to go.  We've got various sizes, all Lodge.

Oh, and they're "camp dutch ovens" meaning they have legs on the bottom and a lip on the lid for holding coals.  You don't really need a tripod.
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Post by: morticaixavier on February 28, 2011, 04:07:39 PM
I have a le-creuset and it is nice, small oval enameled one, I would not have purchased it but it was a wedding gift. I also have an old one I found at a rummage sale for 2 bucks or so. It doesn't have a lid but... For cast iron, if I can't find it at a garage sale or similar I love lodge. They even have a range of preseasoned options that are good. not too expensive either, and made in the USA.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: tschmidlin on February 28, 2011, 05:42:21 PM
We've got a med/large Le Crueset that we got as a wedding gift, and I have a cast iron one that my father in law was getting rid of.  I want to try cooking in a campfire at some point, but I haven't researched it at all to figure out how.  I'll have to check out youtube this summer.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: Hokerer on February 28, 2011, 06:31:23 PM
I want to try cooking in a campfire at some point, but I haven't researched it at all to figure out how.  I'll have to check out youtube this summer.

Here's the place to start your research...

http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/ (http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/)
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: tschmidlin on February 28, 2011, 08:06:19 PM
Cool, thanks Joe! :)
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: weazletoe on February 28, 2011, 11:12:20 PM
Mine are just good ole' cast iron. They take a lot of abuse up in the mountains camping, so I did not want anything to fancy. My next purchase will be a volcano stove. Bad to the bone I tells ya!
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: punatic on March 01, 2011, 12:29:49 AM
My next purchase will be a volcano stove. Bad to the bone I tells ya!

I've got one of those! (http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/cams/HMcam/)
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: denny on March 01, 2011, 12:44:22 AM
My next purchase will be a volcano stove. Bad to the bone I tells ya!

I've got one of those! (http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/cams/HMcam/)

 ;D
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: Tim McManus on March 01, 2011, 12:47:40 AM
I got a nice 4-quart and 8.5-quart set of dutch ovens from these guys:

http://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/cast_iron_dutch_oven.htm

Reasonably priced.  I chose these ovens because they didn't have feet on the bottom.  I use them in the winter in the house to make beef stew and such, so the feet were a concern on the home stove.
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Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on March 01, 2011, 01:19:54 PM
I have a 3.5 quart Le Creuset dutch oven and a 6 quart All-Clad stock pot (pretty much the same thing as a dutch oven).  Both work great, but the Le Creuset keeps a more even heat.  I've used both on a gas cook top as well as in the oven (for braising/roasting).
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: bluesman on March 01, 2011, 03:51:45 PM
I have a 9qt Lodge that is pretty well seasoned at this point. It's about four years old.

I make a Hungarian Goulash in it using my gas fired oven that's to die for. I want to get a tripod someday for an outside cook.

(http://www.castironcookware.com/lodge-dutch-oven-bail.jpg)
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: boulderbrewer on March 03, 2011, 05:10:57 AM
I'm playing the cast iron vs enameled iron and what will last for the kids, nah I don't have kids now so I'm torn as what is better, onoins that are gray from the iron and F it and cook in iron. Only time will tell.Thank you to have posted your recomendation
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Post by: weazletoe on March 04, 2011, 03:25:55 AM
  Ok, so......flame suit on......my mom got me one of the enamal coated cast pots from Wal-Mart (Paula Dean  ::) ) and I absolutly love this thing for all my indoor cooking. It's pretty much all I use now, for everything. Anything I would use a skillet for, I do in this. It heats up fast and hot, and really holds the heat. Great for searing large pieces of meat, and such. When I make enchiladas, I slow cook the pork in it all day. The lid is so heavy, you almost get a little preassure cooker action from it.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Paula-Deen-5-Quart-Covered-Oval-Casserole/10251232 (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Paula-Deen-5-Quart-Covered-Oval-Casserole/10251232)
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: corkybstewart on March 04, 2011, 03:50:18 AM
 Ok, so......flame suit on......my mom got me one of the enamal coated cast pots from Wal-Mart (Paula Dean  ::) )

I bought something similar(mine is round) yesterday at Sam's=6.5 quart enameled dutch oven for $40.  The only problem with it is that it's lavender colored.  We're both looking forward to using it.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: tschmidlin on March 04, 2011, 04:54:45 AM
  Ok, so......flame suit on......my mom got me one of the enamal coated cast pots from Wal-Mart (Paula Dean  ::) )

I bought something similar(mine is round) yesterday at Sam's=6.5 quart enameled dutch oven for $40.  The only problem with it is that it's lavender colored.  We're both looking forward to using it.
Lavender sounds nice. :) The only one around here judgmental about what you choose to cook in is Cap, and since it's not a slow-cooker I think you're ok ;)
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: gordonstrong on March 04, 2011, 05:02:39 AM
My wife bought a set of Le Creuset around the time we got married.  We've used that medium sized pot for nearly 25 years and it's still going strong.  Just bought a larger sized one last year.  They're expensive, but they work for a long time.  I used both of them over New Years when I made Cassoulet for a crowd.  Took three days, but it was stunning.

Braises, soups, stews, etc. all work great.  Holds heat well, cleans up quickly, and is very rugged.  I wouldn't take it camping, but you can get great stuff from Lodge for that purpose.

They're up there with my All-Clad pans and Wusthof knives as investment-grade cooking gear.  They're stuff you can buy and use for literally decades. 
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: punatic on March 04, 2011, 05:48:45 AM
My son's Scout patrol won the Cast Iron Chef competition at the Jamboree.  The award for winning was a 6qt. Lodge cast iron dutch oven with the BSA fleur de lis on the lid, a lid stand, a lid lifter, and a carrying bag.  It is an awesome setup!

Reminds me of the campfire scene from Blazing Saddles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpB3ME_Xem0)...
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: phillamb168 on March 04, 2011, 10:38:43 AM
My son's Scout patrol won the Cast Iron Chef competition at the Jamboree.  The award for winning was a 6qt. Lodge cast iron dutch oven with the BSA fleur de lis on the lid, a lid stand, a lid lifter, and a carrying bag.  It is an awesome setup!

Reminds me of the campfire scene from Blazing Saddles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpB3ME_Xem0)...

Now THAT's an awesome prize. Can you buy those in a shop?
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: Hokerer on March 04, 2011, 04:25:30 PM
Now THAT's an awesome prize. Can you buy those in a shop?

Lots of places carry them...

http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-6-Quart-Scouts-America-Pre-Seasoned/dp/B0009JKG92/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1299255877&sr=8-2 (http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-6-Quart-Scouts-America-Pre-Seasoned/dp/B0009JKG92/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1299255877&sr=8-2)
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: boulderbrewer on March 22, 2011, 04:39:04 AM
Well for my birth aniversary she bought me the (Better Homes and Gardens) dutch oven. I made a great Irish stew using carbrito wow it turned out great, I'm betting it will last as long as I will. Thanks for you recomendations, don't be pissed that I didn't get your pot, think I got something that I can report on how goood or not so good it is,
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: tubercle on March 22, 2011, 04:53:29 AM
I have two dutch ovens and they are both Lodge. Plain cast iron. They are the most used and versatile cook ware I own. Use it like a frying pan, deep fry, boil, lid on, lid off, bake, stove top, fire pit, etc...etc..

 If I was trapped on a deserted island (from and old, old post) with Demi Moore 8) this is the only cookware I would need.

 Just never use soap once it gets seasoned.
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: punatic on March 22, 2011, 04:56:11 AM
I have two dutch ovens and they are both Lodge. Plain cast iron. They are the most used and versatile cook ware I own. Use it like a frying pan, deep fry, boil, lid on, lid off, bake, stove top, fire pit, etc...etc..

 If I was trapped on a deserted island (from and old, old post) with Demi Moore 8) this is the only cookware I would need.

 Just never use soap once it gets seasoned.

Demi Moore is hot, no doubt, but I'm thinking she might get a bit ripe if she doesn't use any soap on a desert island...  :P
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: tubercle on March 22, 2011, 05:00:47 AM
I have two dutch ovens and they are both Lodge. Plain cast iron. They are the most used and versatile cook ware I own. Use it like a frying pan, deep fry, boil, lid on, lid off, bake, stove top, fire pit, etc...etc..

 If I was trapped on a deserted island (from and old, old post) with Demi Moore 8) this is the only cookware I would need.

 Just never use soap once it gets seasoned.

Demi Moore is hot, no doubt, but I'm thinking she might get a bit ripe if she doesn't use any soap on a desert island...  :P

 You have a point there.

 
Title: Re: Dutch ovens, your recomendation
Post by: weazletoe on March 22, 2011, 05:53:34 AM
If I was trapped on a deserted island (from and old, old post) with Demi Moore 8) this is the only cookware I would need.

Same goes for me. It's heavy enough, I could crank my skull with it once and be dead, so I'd never have to look at her again!  ;D