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Nov 22, 2007 02:51 AM

need Le Creuset French Oven sizing help

My sister-in-law has requested a french oven for Christmas but I need help on sizing. I love my basic black cast iron dutch oven but the size isn't marked in quarts. It's 10" dia. x 4" high. Would that correspond to a 5-1/2 or a 7-1/2 quart Le Creuset French oven? If anybody has one and could check I'd really appreciate it as I'm ordering on line (hopefully from the outlet sale!).

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  1. Hi crawfish,
    My 7 1/4 quart Le Creuset pot is 11" across the top diameter and 4.9" high. I wouldn't want it any smaller. Good luck.

    1. Fill it with water using one quart or liter bottles. That is the only way to tell for sure.

      Also, I wouldn't want anything smaller than a 4 1/2 or 5 quart, but it all depends on how many people you cook for.

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      1. re: RGC1982

        I thought of doing that but I don't know where they measure to, it isn't usually the top edge. From bcc's post, it seems I have a 5-1/2 qt. and that works for me and my small family. My sister-in-law has a smaller family so 7-1/2 would be big. To be honest, I'm trying to keep the price down as well. We'll see what the outlet has on sale!

        Thanks everybody!

        1. re: crawfish

          Do you know how she'll be using the pot? I'm a convert to the lower-sided, wide french ovens for stovetop pot cooking, as opposed to oven braising. LC sells them as "risotto" pots, but they're perfectly proportioned for south LA style cooking, where you need lots of surface area to make a roux, brown aromatics, etc. The wide french oven/risotto pots come in several diff sizes; I just bought a 6 1/2 qt that's ideal for gumbo, jambalaya, etc.

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Ahh! Hungry Celeste you are a genius. I've been coveting a "risotto" pot for weeks and eyeing my preferred customer card from the outlet wondering what I actually needed and you've hit the nail on the head...we need more surface area for all our great South LA dishes of course this pot would work better than our round dutch ovens. Thank you!

            1. re: redgypsy

              I'm tellin' ya, you're gonna LOVE the shape of the risotto pot. I compared the dimensions relative to my mother's 100+ year old 4-quart cast iron dutch oven, and it was almost identically proportioned. I am also a big, big fan of the "buffet" pieces made by LC; they function esp well for things like chicken fricassee, crawfish etouffee, and other skillet-cooked, wet but not soupy dishes. Those buffet/casseroles are also good for slow-cooked/braised southern-style veggies, too.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                LOL I have all three (!) sizes of buffet casserole. The smallest is great for a pear/apple/whatever fruit you want upside down cake and I make a great turkey shepherd's pie in the 3.5 quart. Seriously those are my go to pans on a daily basis for everything, even if it's not a one pot meal. I just find the size and shape so pleasing. Thanks again, I've already got my risotto pot ordered.

                1. re: redgypsy

                  I love my 3.5 buffet casserole, too, and use it almost every day. Didn't know there was an even smaller one...what size is it? thanks....

                  1. re: fauchon

                    I have a 2-qt orange one, purchased at the outlet store, so it might have been a discontinued piece.

      2. Using the standard geometry formula for the volume of a cylinder, a 10" by 4" pot has a volume of (approximately) 315 cubic inches, which is a bit less than 5-1/2 quarts. Allowing for the slight curvature at the bottom edge, and leaving a bit of freeboard at the top, I'd consider it to be a 5 quart pot.

        Applying the same formula to the dimensions of the 7-1/4 quart Le Creuset that bcc posted earlier comes out to 8 quarts, so I'd say that's consistent (i.e., reduce the calculated volume by 10% or so to get the usable volume)

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        1. re: FlyFish

          Just to confirm this, Lodge offers a 10 1/4 in. by 4 in cast iron Dutch Oven and they call it a 5 qt. oven.