So I am on an extreme budget so I'm not really looking at all of the pricey Dutch Ovens. So far I've purchased 2 Dutch Ovens (I'm only planning to keep one of them) and have my eye on a third. The two I have purchased:
- Berndes 5.75 Qt Enameled Cast Iron Casserole safe up to 450 Degrees. This one was purchased at Ross for $35 and I can't find any info on it anywhere.
- Staub Elite Enameled Cast Iron 5qt. French Oven safe up to 400 Degrees. Purchased from Homegoods for $40. I like the basting spikes it has (although have no clue if they really do anything) but have read bad reviews about cleaning the bottom of the inside which has "dimples"
I also see that Walmart has that Tramontina Dutch Oven right now (a 6.5 Qt for $35). This one is safe up to 350 degrees but can be more if the handle on the lid is replaced.
I probably like the looks of the Staub the most followed by the Berndes followed by the Tramontina. However, I know nothing of the Berndes and have read many many good reviews about the Tramontina. The Staub seems to be the only one with the basting spikes and is the only one made in France. I'm new to all of this and am pretty confused.
I'm single and won't be cooking for very large groups often. Would I benefit more from something smaller like the 5 Qt or would I not go wrong with buying something bigger like the 6.5 Qt. Any input anyone can give me would be very much appreciated. And as far as budget, I'm trying to stay under $50 for my first Dutch Oven purchase.