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What size/shape for a second dutch oven (for two people)?


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What size/shape for a second dutch oven (for two people)?

jishera | Apr 17, 2013 12:08 PM

Summary: My husband and I ended up receiving three 5.5 quart dutch ovens for our wedding (we feel so fortunate/lucky!). I would like to keep one of them (no gift receipt anyway), and then return the other two for something else. For two people (with just a little left over), do you think a 4 quart round or oval would be good as a second DO?

Are ovals very useful do you think? Or should I just stick with a round so it fits better on my burner? We do eat meat and we want to start braising more food. I've heard ovals are more flexible since they can fit lamb shanks, whole chicken, etc, but it's weird to me to cook food on a burner in an oval pot!

Another option is to get a 2.75 quart braiser, though we have some SS french skillets that would work for braising in small quantities, too.

More Detail:
So my husband and I just got married and we've been going through all of our wedding presents. We put a 5.5 quart red Staub dutch oven (enameled cast iron) on our registry, but we didn't expect to get one since they are so expensive. Well, it seems our friends and family are extremely generous people, because the only duplicate items we got (and actually the only items we will probably return) are THREE 5.5 quart dutch ovens!

One of our friends got us a 5.5 quart Flame Le Creuset (no gift receipt). And we also have 2 of the staub dutch ovens (with gift receipts).

I was all set on just keeping the LC flame one since we don't have a gift receipt for it (and it is very beautiful), but as soon as I opened the other two packages I fell in love with the red of the Staub. The red also matches our mostly red-themed kitchen.

We feel so lucky and fortunate! But we don't feel like we need three of these beauties. I would like to perhaps exchange one of them for something else entirely, and the second for a different sized dutch oven.

For the most part, it's just my husband and I. We do appreciate some left overs, but we have a small freezer so we'd probably use a smaller size pretty frequently.

I was thinking of either a 4 quart round, or a 4 quart oval (or oval wide). We have a roasting pan and some nice all-clad SS French skillets that could also be used for braising smaller quantities.

Should I get an oval, a round, or heck, and/or a nice enameled cast iron braiser (2.75 quarts probably)?

What size/shape do you think we might use most often? Both of us are reasonably new to cooking and to dutch ovens.

Thanks so much in advance for your help!

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