I picked up a very low cost Chantal dutch oven at Marshall's, marked down for some exterior chips and dings. It's cast iron with an enamel coating. I've been using it regularly to bake no knead bread.
The pot sits in a 450 degree oven for more than hour (including the time before I drop the dough in). I now notice some cracking below the surface of the enamel along the interior base. I thought these pots could handle the high heat. I guess not.
Buying a Le Creuset replacement is not an option. Even on sale, they're out of my budget. And the Chantal find was a fluke, as I have not seen other cast iron products at the store lately.
So the question is, what are some low cost alternative bakeware for my bread?
- handles 450 degrees
- deep in depth (ideally around 8 quart size)
- has a cover that also can withstand the heat
- has handles