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Cooking results of different sized Dutch ovens?

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Cooking results of different sized Dutch ovens?

blondelle | Dec 25, 2008 09:53 AM

I always thought it was best to use the smallest sized oven that fit the food as there was less liquid needed then, and the flavors would be more concentrated. Someone posted though that would steam the food. If you are going to roast in an oven, is more space around the food more desirable? Is there really much of a difference in in the end result using either stove top or oven in making the same recipe in a tighter fitting pot, rather than a bit larger one? I know in the Molly Steven's book she recommends adding a piece of parchment paper on top of the food to minimize the space over it. I know not to go too large as the juices will evaporate and burn. Would the oven size matter too in braising. I would think smaller might be better there. No?

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