In some of my recent cooking posts, you may have noticed the beautiful blue Dutch Oven. This is the blog post I wrote in June of this year when I first got the two blue Lodge Dutch Ovens. The small one is 3 quart and the large one is 6 quart. When they arrived, I used them so much and liked them so much that I ordered from Wal-Mart a four quart braiser and a 3-1/2 quart Dutch Oven. The braiser arrived with a chip in the lid and I returned it and did not order another one.
Before ordering, I thought about the pros and cons of which brand to order. That’s discussed on the blog post linked above. The 6 quart Dutch Oven, at Amazon is about $46. A comparable size in the LeCreuset brand is between $265 and $300. I have some LeCreuset pieces and I have some Lodge pieces and decided, that for the difference in price, I would go with the Lodge.
For three months I’ve probably used the 6 quart Dutch Oven at least twice a week, mostly for stews, spaghetti sauce, soups, anything really. I love it! Cleanup is so easy. Even when I think I’m going to have a huge mess, it just wipes clean with no soaking and no scrubbing. No cracks. No chips. I like it a lot.
Three months isn’t a long time to use it and I’ll try to remember to post again in a few months but for now, I’m quite happy with the Lodge brand.
I was looking for those and ended up not buying one. Then Someone GAVE ME a Paula Dean Cast iron no enamal dutch oven. we used it for a roast the other night and it was AWESOME!
Ranch Wife says
I have a red one I got free *grin* with Cabela’s points. Love, love, love it!
Thanks, Judy, for the information. I will make that yummy soup recipe when I get the new blue Dutch Oven. I was glad to hear that it is easy to clean One is on its way to me.
Cathy Stoddard says
Judy, thank you so much for reporting on the Lodge pieces. I am considering an induction cook top and the enamal pieces are supposed to work well with induction.
I have a few All-Clad pieces, which I dearly love, but I picked them up on eBay for a fraction of the retail price. What really makes a piece of cookware worth $300+????? I’m really not a cheapo – but the type that would rather purchase one quality piece that will last a lifetime instead of something disposable. I have always had a glass cook top and just never purchased any cast iron. It is supposed to work well with induction. I am starting to look for some pieces and learning to season them. I am playing around with a Nu-Wave
single burner that is induction and so far, I am really liking it. Now to figure out if the “adapters” that allow you to use other cookware work. That is the only way my AA canner will work on an induction burner is with an adapter. Any suggestions out there???
Thanks for all you do Judy!!