IKEA Dutch Oven - Anyone use it?
I saw an advertisement for the ikea Dutch Oven....
I really don't want to spent LeCruset kind of money on this, as I will only use it a few times a year. (I especailly want to try the bread recipe and don't have anything suitable)
I'm looking at the many alternatives out there.
Here are the ikea specs... Its $49.99
Works well on all types of cooktops, including induction cooktops.
Made all in metal; safe to use in the oven as well.
Thick walls evenly distribute the heat so that the food is heated up from several directions.
Thick base prevents food getting easily burnt and stuck to the pan.
Made from cast iron, which spreads heat evenly and retains it for a long time; good for roasts and rich casseroles.
Matt enamelled interior; the pan does not have to be oiled and is easy to maintain.
Shiny enamelled exterior makes the pan easy to clean.
Rounded interior; makes stirring and beating easy.
Length: 11 3⁄4 "
Width: 9 1⁄2 "
Volume: 3 qt
Length: 30 cm
Width: 24 cm
Volume: 3 l
Suitable for use on gas cooktop.
Suitable for use on induction cooktop.
Suitable for use on ceramic glass cooktop.
Suitable for use on cast iron cooktop.
product description & measurements
Cast iron, Enamel
I agree, 3 qt. might be a bit small.
Check out the reviews in the January issue of Cook's Illustrated. They ranked the Chefmate 5 quart ($40 at Target, not online) up there with Le Creuset in terms of performance. It's smaller than the 7 1/4 quart Le Creuset that I have, but I guess the trade off, e.g., have to brown meat in several batches, is worth the price difference!
I don't remember off the top of my head what the other models rated/ranked were, but check out the reviews in Cook's Illustrated.
I have the Chefmate from Target - it is fantastic! I highly recommend it over the IKEA pot, and even over the LC based on performance vs. price.
I use it for the no-knead bread and remove the knob which unscrews. I have made beef burgundy, all-day pot roast, braised shortribs and many, many soups and chilis in this pot. It says on top of my stove and get used every week. The enamel has stained, but a soak with bleach cleans it right up. I have no chips, no rust. It's a terrific value.
I just went and bought the Chefmate last night from Target, I am taking it back. I am too concerned about lead in the enamel -- afterall it does come from China. I was so pleased about my purchase until I googled enamel and lead and found that it can indeed contain some. I looked at the label and there is no certification that it passes any kind of testing or inspection, and it does not state lead-free.
I was going to purchase some Copco on ebay, but finally decided to stick with one of the better made brands i.e. Le Creuset, Mario Batali, Staub, or the new Chantal line that has copper between the layers on the bottom. Going to be pricier but I want to be sure of the quality and that we are not getting more than we bargained for.
Just my thoughts of unease last night about the Target brand.
I ended up buying a couple of pieces of Le Creuset, and thus far am very happy with the one piece I have used. I also re-seasoned one of my cast iron skillets and it is working great. I will learn to cook with what I have. My Caphelan and Circulon are now in the basement.....
My professional recommendation: do not buy a 3-quart Dutch oven. You'll want something that's at least 5 to 6 quarts.
I don't know anything about Ikea's Dutch ovens, but I've not been thrilled with the quality of Ikea's merchandise in general.
I own a 6-quart Staub cocotte, and I've been very happy with it. I bought if at Costco a couple of years ago.
I would pass on the Ikea one and check out the Mario Batali line of cookware, made by Copco. High quality, beautiful and at a much lower price point than Le Creuset.
Yes, it is double the price of the Ikea pot but the difference in quality is quite significant. Agree with the others in that you would be better off with a larger pot (6 qts) and I think you will find occasion to use it WAY more than a few times a year.
I have one from Target that has been great for the price. It got a small chip in the enamel early on, but since then I haven't had any problems. I braised shortribs in the oven in it for two hours last week, covered the handle with foil, and it was fine.