Round Bottom Dutch Oven. Good Idea?
I am going to buy a cast iron dutch oven in the next day or two. Have been agonizing about this for awhile. Cannot afford the famous French brands and I have no opportunity to get deals in my little Canadian town.
I rather like this one with the rounded bottom. Much like a saucier. Good idea or not?
I am also Canadian, but live in Toronto, a big city. That is a really good price. Lodge makes good products at a cheaper price than le Creuset or Staub.
I haven't seen that shape bottom before on the internet or even in my local Sears store. The price is so good I would take a chance on it. A really large size- 6 Quarts.
I have a round Staub Dutch Oven which I use a lot for stews. I like the round shape.
$135 is rather high, but I'm in the US. I bought mine at Amazon on sale for $34.99 in red for the 6 qt. size. It's a great size and shape.
Look at the the Le Cuistot brand from www.caplanduval.com. They are Canadian based and it might be a better deal for you.
If you post an e-mail I will send you some info that will help.
I have this dutch oven and it works pretty well. Just a note of caution, these Lodge ovens are made in China and are pretty prone to chipping of the enamel. I'd try to find one in person rather than by mail delivery if possible, Don't know if they have Target stores where you are, but they carry these in Red where I live for about $60 US.
The round bottom works well for me. It is a good compromise between say a Le Creuset braiser and French oven. They also make this in 3 qt and in a 3 qt casserole. If you can find them for a good price I'd pick them up. They also make a very good enameled cast iron skillet in this series. Good luck.
These only have 3 layers of enamel and are made in China as opposed to Lodge's better series of enameled cast iron which has 7 layers of French enamel, I believe. The better is more expensive of course and is shaped differently, with a flat bottom and metal handles, but it is very nice. I agree that these seem to have a problem with the enamel adhering well to the metal. When they chip the enamel seems to come off in BIG flakes as opposed to just small chipping.
You might want to watch eBay for some Staub ovens as well. For the same size they seem to sell a little cheaper than Le Creuset and are just as good or better in some folks' opinions. I have both and like them very much.
Thank you all for the replies. As far as price goes, I cannot shop around much except on the net and although I can find it cheaper, the shipping is the deal killer. Also, Sears has a no questions asked return policy, so if it does come chipped, back it goes.
I am attracted to this particular Dutch oven because of the rounded bottom. I have been looking for a saucier pan for awhile now and it caught my eye. Bit big for a saucier though.
They also have a 3½ qt Dutchie and a 3½ Casserole. What is the difference (if any)?