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Cast Iron Dutch Oven - Do I Need One?


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Cast Iron Dutch Oven - Do I Need One?

DuffyH | Jul 11, 2013 06:15 AM

I've got a chance to buy a new LC 5.5 quart round DO for $80. I know it's a great price, but I don't know if I need it. Here's the deal -

I'm more of a stovetop cook, I don't often use the oven except for roasting. I'm not into braising. I do make a lot of soups.

I'm usually cooking for 2. Can I roast a chicken (5-6lbs) in the 5.5 quart round? I think that if I can, it might make for easier gravy preps than my roasting pan. I'm also thinking that because of it's smaller surface, I'd be less likely to burn the fond, which I've done. But will the bird fit?

Am I better off with an oval DO? Will it work on an induction hob? What size would you recommend for me?

Should I stick with 2 pans, the roaster and soup pot? My roaster won't work on induction, so if this pan fits my needs, it's a good deal, being about the same price as the SS DO I've been considering.

Finally, what will it do better than a SS DO?

As you can see, I've got a lot to learn about cast iron ovens and I know you're the people who can educate me.

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