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Is my new 9.5 qt Le Creuset oval dutch oven too big?

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Is my new 9.5 qt Le Creuset oval dutch oven too big?

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rararachel | | Nov 22, 2013 08:17 AM

Yesterday I was a very lucky birthday girl and received a 9.5 qt oval Le Creuset dutch oven. I am currently using a vintage 4.5 round Le Creuset (marked with E for sizing, old school style) and it's just too small for my big batches of stew, roasts and other braises.

I'm a huge fan of Molly Steves All About Braising and she recommends using a dutch oven no bigger than necessary. Something about the air circulation. So I'm wondering if I should trade mine in for a 6.75 qt instead, but maybe I'm crazy and should count my blessings here.

I live in a 2 person household but often cook for parties of 8-10. Any experiences with these size people care to share?

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