Dutch Oven question - I'm confused

tomatoes4everDecember 5, 2012

Lately I've been drooling over Le Creuset enameled cast iron and dutch ovens in general. I really want to use them to make braised meats and soups (like brisket or maybe braised short ribs, etc.).

Anyway, I saw a few good deals and was about to buy one, and then I remembered that at the back of my closet I have a Mario Batali 4 qt enameled cast iron risotto/saucier pot. It' seems pretty deep. It is oven safe to 500 degrees. It looks an awful lot like a dutch oven except for having one long handle and no second handle. So what's the difference? See links and photo to see what I have.

Do I need to buy a dutch oven? Or can I use this as if it's a dutch oven? If the concept works for me I'll probably buy a 6 qt dutch oven eventually, but I want to see how much I use it before I invest $$$ in Le Creuset.



Here is a link that might be useful: Amazon - Mario Batali 4 Quart Risotto/Saucier

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IMHO, i think you are fine to use this piece as a dutch oven. the only thing different is having the long handle where most D.O. just have small handles on each side.
it really is the same pot, just different shape.
use it for whatever you want, it should be fine.

i have several L.C. pieces and i do love them. if you have an outlet around you, go there. they have the best prices that i found. you buy "seconds" but they sstill have the same warranty and there really is hardly anything "wrong" with them. Mostly, just cosmetic. i did buy mine over the cours of about 5 years, b/c of price, but to me its so worth it!!

good luck and enjoy your pot!!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 1:21PM
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Your pic looks like a nice pot. Do you have any trouble fitting it into the oven with that handle? Also, I find my 5.5 qt. LC usually not big enough. There are times even my 7-1/4 qt. LC isn't big enough (meatballs and sauce in particular; the meatballs are always just barely fitting, and coming up to the brim of the pot). The 4 qt. pot you pictured would be good for risotto as it's named, or heating sauces, or re-heating leftover stews, soups, etc. If you are making a classic soup using bones, meat and vegetables, the 4 qt. is just too small. For my cooking tasks that I use a Dutch Oven, the 4-qt would be too small for all of them.

If you want to save money on LC, try finding an LC outlet close to you (see list below) where you can get 20-30% off. Or buy either the Lodge or the Tramontina 6 qt. enameled cast iron dutch oven at Walmart. Many enthusiastic fans of those pots, and reports are that they're as good as LC.

Le Creuset Outlets

Lodge 6-qt. Dutch Oven

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 10:43AM
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Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll give it a try.

I don't think there will be any trouble fitting it in the oven but it probably won't be in the exact center.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 11:52PM
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