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Feb 9, 2011 05:44 AM

ALDI dutch oven can't be used in oven

ALDI has a Kitchen Living 5 quart dutch oven on sale beginning today for only $19.99

So I went to the ALDI and was about to buy one because they're so cheap. On the way to the cashier I'm reading the print on the side of the box and it says

"Suitable for use in oven (without cover)"

Which seems to me to mean you can't use the cover in the oven at all (I know some brands can only be used up to 350 degrees or 450 degrees).

If you can't use it in the oven at all, then it's not a dutch oven, it's just a regular pot. I already own regular pots, what I need is one I can put in the oven.

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  1. This really is a pot. I suspect the reason the lid is not safe for the oven usage is solely due to the knob/handle. ALDI probably decide not to even bother with the temperature specification due to a low temperature restriction. In addition, it is a nonstick cookware, so I doubt the body (the bottom) can handle a very high temperature neither.

    So pretty much reiterate your points.

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      1. re: taos

        Hi Tao,

        Yes, the Dutch Oven in your link is not a Teflon-nonstick cookware. However, I think the original Dutch Oven discussed is. It is the Kitchen Living 5-Quart Dutch Oven and it is also $19.99 as described in the original post. In addition, it has a plastic knob on the cover, which is why it cannot be used in an oven. Yours is different. Let me quote the product description:

        "QuanTanium nonstick coating "

    1. The definition of Dutch Oven has shifted. Originally it applied to cast iron pots either made by the Dutch, or by a Dutch method, or sold by Dutch merchants in the American colonies (stories vary). It came to be identified with the covered pots that could be used on the campfire, and provide all around heat like an oven. Often these had legs to stand above coals, and a rimmed lid to hold more coals. These were the oven, as opposed to used in an oven.

      Now days that style is sometimes called a camp oven, to distinguish it from covered pots that are used at home, either on the stove top or oven. In some circles the has been synonymous with a French brand of enameled cast iron, and its 'imitators', though sometimes those are called French ovens.

      In this case, it is distinguished from a 'pot' because it has 2 small handles, rather than the big one on the side.

      So the name, Dutch Oven, does not imply (at least in an historical context) that it can be used in an oven.

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      1. re: paulj

        So what does the modern language of Dutch Oven really mean? (not challenging you, just curious)

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          When I was growing up, the cast iron pots with a bail handle were called dutch ovens. My first step up from a 8" iron skillet was a chicken fryer, a deep skillet with glass lid. It was much later that I bought true camp dutch oven, the smallest Lodge (2 qt). A 10" cast aluminum dutch oven is now my pot of choice for baking biscuits while camping, as well as scones and dutch babies at home.

          I used to get fooled by Chow threads titled 'dutch oven', though I finally learned that they are, more likely than not, to be about Le Creuset French Ovens something similar.

          In modern use, you can't define it apart from context.

          Oh, and be careful how you use the phrase in Australia. There's a slang meaning more suitable to the school yard than a cooking forum.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            paulj's comments were exactly what my first thoughts. It has always been my understanding that a Dutch oven is a piece of cookware that could be used to simulate cooking in an actual oven.

        2. That's strange. I bought he Aldi 6 quart. Nowhere on the box does it say this. The instructions say clearly it is safe for use in the oven or on the stove top. Both base and cover are safe in the oven up to 500 degrees. Guess you read wrong or I bought a different dutch from them.

          1. I bought one from Aldi's a few years back. I've been using it with no issue in the oven. Mine said that the lid's knob could be used up to certain temperature (350, maybe?). It hasn't melted yet, so I guess I'm still good.

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            1. re: tsl_saga

              Out of curiosity, is the knob removable? If so, you could remove the knob and put a metal knob on it from the hardware store made for cupboard doors.

              1. re: John E.

                The knob on mine is shiny metal. No need to remove.

                1. re: walterny

                  This year ALDI switched to metal knobs. The older ones have removable composite knobs.

                2. re: John E.

                  That's a good idea to replace it with a metal knob.

                  Mine is not metal, but so far I don't have any issues. I usually used it in 350F-400F oven.

              2. If you're going to buy anything from Aldi's without reading the fine & even finer print, you deserve what you get.

                It's the absolute cheesiest store in our area.

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                1. re: Breezychow

                  I hope you are referring to their hard goods only because I have found most of their groceries to be just as good or just as good when the discount is considered when compared to most more expensive products from other stores. I have not purchased many non-food items from Aldi so I can't comment on the quality of their Dutch ovens.

                  1. re: John E.

                    I visited Aldi's for the first time in years, several weeks ago. I was impressed with the bread--you can buy good high fiber whole wheat bread there at a good price. Most of everything else is canned and/or packaged, and I don't eat a lot of that kind of food. so I couldn't really find all that much to buy. I did buy carrots and green peppers though. The green peppers went really bad really fast, but the carrots did OK. If you like processed and sweetened food, it seems like a good place to go. If you like produce, I don't think it is so good, based on my one recent experience.

                    1. re: sueatmo

                      I don't think you have given Aldi enough of a chance. We buy a lot of staples such as milk, eggs, butter, sour cream, cheese, carrots, onions, celery, potatoes, frozen vegetables, and meat. The only canned products we buy are canned tomatoes and tomato sauce. We also buy paper goods such as TP, boxed tissue, paper towels, zip bags, dryer sheets. I would say that most of these products cost at least 30% or more less than the regular grocery stores. We do occasionally buy processed foods such as chips, chocolate, ice cream, crackers, etc. and all of it costs much less than other stores. Give them another try and look for more products than you purchased on your last trip. (By the way, the store employees work extremely hard but are well compensated).

                      1. re: John E.

                        I took a long hard look at the paper towels, and finally decided that they didn't look like I would like them.

                        I've had problems with produce in the past at my regular grocer, but I never had produce go so bad so fast. Having that happen really turned me off. Maybe in January, I'll visit. We'll be buying a new dishwasher, and I think we'll need all the budget help we can get.

                        I am always glad to know that employees are well compensated.

                        1. re: sueatmo

                          I would shop at Aldi for the dairy and meat even without the rest of it.

                      2. re: sueatmo

                        I've had pretty good luck with produce. Once I had cucumbers that went faster than I expected. Staples and pantry items have worked out well for me.

                    2. re: Breezychow

                      I love Aldi. Its the brother of Trader Joes, forced to separate in the 60's due to legal reason. One of the largest supermarkets in the world. Nearly 10,000 stores. Great deals, and the I have yet to find anything that isn't great tasting. Their fresh produce isn't great but everything else so far has been a hit.

                      1. re: walterny

                        Since this thread was recently revived and I glanced through it and caught this post, I thought I would reply with a correction.

                        The Aldi stores in the U.S. have zero connection to Trader Joe's, at least in the business sense. There are two Aldi companies in Europe based out of Germany, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd. Aldi North owns Trader Joe's and Aldi South owns Aldi USA. The two Albrecht brothers split the family grocery company in the early 1960's because one of the brothers wanted to sell cigarettes and the other brother did not.

                      2. re: Breezychow

                        Aldi has incredible buying power which results in low prices. The double guarantee on food is fantastic as is a 2 year warranty on most of their housewares. They also listen to customers and trends hence the change in knobs this year. I've purchased a few small appliances there and have had no problems. With the 2 year warranty and low price they certainly can fill a void if saving for a more expensive appliance.

                        1. re: SanityRemoved

                          I save so much at Aldi. It's fun to try new things there. Always pleasantly surprised. Fantastic quality.

                          1. re: walterny

                            What I find interesting is some of the products are obviously of German origin and sometimes I like them and others not so much. It is interesting to see what the palates are in different countries. There have been a few snack foods where my reaction was sort of WTF?The only really bad product I remember buying was the frozen lobster bisque. It was really 'fishy' tasting. While I suppose we could have returned the container and gotten our money back, I just chalked it up to experience. The only time I asked for money back was when we got a rotten watermelon. I just told the cashier after overhearing someone else mention it and she gladly gave me my three bucks back.

                            1. re: John E.

                              Aldi has no issues with returns. They are very easy. As for Geman products, they are out of Germany so that is why. Best part is their chocolates. All from Europe so all have real ingredients not like US crap.