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First-time Enameled Dutch Oven experience

sylvan | Feb 14, 201101:33 PM

First-time Enameled Dutch Oven

I purchased an enameled 6 qt Dutch oven new for $60. I want it for braising and no-knead bread.
I'll replace the plastic knob with a metal one to withstand the heat. The lid has three curious little "legs" that sit on top of the oven's rim and I wonder what the purpose is since the oven is supposed to retain heat....

I welcomed the manual saying: "this cookware (without knob) is safe at any oven setting".
(I hope they're right).
The manual also says: "never heat empty pan". That was disappointing to read since for searing I don't put in the oil til hot and then the meat when super hot.
I wonder if that means I have to sear in a different pan I have.

I just broke in this cookware making a simple chicken stir fry. My stovetop settings are from Low to 8 and High. I let the pan heat up slowly on low wondering how I was going to get a fond. All the cooking ended up being done on 2, which amazed me at such a low setting. That low setting amazed me at being sufficient and I was glad I read the instructions.

Well, now I'll know that I don't need to cook in this Dutch oven at the high heat I'm used to in my stainless steel or anodized. And next time I'll develop a better fond.

So far, I'm happy with this Dutch oven and am looking forward to making the no-knead bread.
Sylvan in the desert.

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