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.
Sorry, but I tend to avoid products with a name that sounds somewhat fearful in what they make. (Just kidding)
I agree with those that a larger DO would be best.
Not to steer you in another direction, but if it is the money, I would get a combination electric roaster / crock. Since money becomes an issue I find it difficult to get the right balance in food costs -vs- the expensive cookware. In other words, will the splurge ever balance out with the use?
I took a look at one of these when I was down at Ikea the other day. It appears that the interior has only the black base coat of enamel (not sure how many layers that is,) with colored finish coating only on the outside of the pot. It does have a metal handle on the lid though (good for high temperature stuff)
Like most Ikea stuff, I suspect it's the type of thing that's probably not going to last you forever, but probably isn't bad to start out with. On the other hand, there are better quality alternatives to be found out there for not much more money.
We purchased this IKEA dutch oven over three months ago and so far it's been great for our uses. The enamel on the outside and bottom is very smooth, which we need to avoid scratching our ceramic top stove. The inside is black and slightly rougher in texture. Size-wise, for two of us, I couldn't really imagine needing a larger pot for our normal day-to-day cooking. If you have a large family to cook for it might be different.
We've cooked full beef and pork roasts in it with no problem, and used it both on the stovetop and in the oven many times. It still looks new. The handle on the lid is the same material as the rest of the pot and seems very firmly affixed (important when the lid is so heavy, I think).
I've never used the authentic Le Creuset equivalent, but I have to say that nothing about this dutch oven makes me wish I'd spent $250. I've also read that the Target dutch oven is good, but since we don't have Target in Canada (yet) the IKEA option seems to be a decent way to go, if price is an issue.
Thanks so much for the info! I'm new here and just stumbled on this site because I've been considering buying the IKEA dutch oven or the Le Creuset. Naturally, I want high quality at a decent price ... or I'll have to wait until the budget allows high quality at a high price :) So, Gary, I was glad to hear from you that your IKEA dutch oven is working out. I may have to splurge on one next time I go. Yes, $50 on a single piece of cookware is splurging in my book!
we purchased the larger oval dutch oven (5 qt? 6?) over a year ago at IKEA. i had the typical losing-all-perspective spiral in the store...do i buy the potentially crappy IKEA pot only to wish i spent three times as much for Le Creuset after this one craps out?...do i admit i don't have the $$ for Le Creuset anyway?...will this end up on the curb like the bobo dresser/can opener/chair i've bought over the years? we went for it (they are made in france...that seemed to help) and have been very happy with it. i use it mostly for the Bittman/Sullivan bread and baked pastas, but i've also used it on the stove top for applesauce. so far so good...i only wish it was round, for aesthetic reasons.
There is no way for me to verify this, but I *think* the IKEA cast iron pots are made by Staub. My guestimate is based on the following facts:
1) The IKEA pots are made in France (like Staub and Le Creuset)
2) The similarity in design; particularly:
- IKEA fondue pot vs Staub fondue pot (see the picture links below)
- The identical self basting spikes in both IKEA and Staub cocottes
- The identical satin black enamel interior of the pots
3) The perceived quality of the IKEA pots is very high compared to most items sold by them
Staub fondue at Amazon:
Staub self basting spikes:
I have that Ikea Dutch Oven and actually it holds more than 5 quarts. I love it. I've used it a number times and fed 8 each time with leftovers. I got it when they were closing out the orange ones for $29.99. Now they are selling the green ones and they are back up to $49.99. They also sell a bigger one for not much more. Just make sure that the lid fits properly when you choose one.
Avoid the Ikea dutch ovens or check them out very carefully before you buy one. I bought one and had to take it back because the lid didn't fit securely. If you're just going to make stews, this might be OK. I planned to use mine for bread baking and the whole point of a dutch oven is to keep the steam in. I checked a good 20 or so that they had in stock in Emeryville, CA when I returned mine but the all had sloppy lids. The enamel on most of the was already chipped as well. I imagine they'd look like hell after a few months.
I have been using the Chefmate pot from target for a year and a half, no chips, and the handle for the lid has held up well in the oven, I wanted to try this type of cookware but couldn't justify the cost of the french stuff at the time, I keep this pot as long as it lasts since it works so well, and maybe then consider the french pots.