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Le Creuset Soup Pot vs. French Oven

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Is there a point in having a Le Creuset Soup Pot if you already have a similarly-sized French Oven? I have a 5.5 quart oven. The 4.5 quart soup pots are very pretty, but I suspect that it wouldn't fulfill many purposes that the French oven can't. Would love to hear the thoughts of those who have both. Thanks!

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  1. Okay guys, after posting, I saw a prior thread. Somehow couldn't find that when I searched beforehand. Still though, if anyone else has thoughts, I would love to hear them. Thanks!

    1. I have both of those pieces. The French oven gets used more than 95% of the time. The only time I use the soup pot is for things that I want to thicken up during cooking, like tomato sauce for lasagna. (Of course, I leave the lid off.) The bowl shape gives more surface area for evaporation and also makes it a little easier to stir the contents.

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      1. re: tanuki soup

        Thank you very much! You've confirmed what I was thinking. I appreciate it!

        1. re: tanuki soup

          I believe the 5.5 qt. oven and the 4.25 qt. soup are the exact same diameter and use the same lid. The soup pot has less capacity at 4.25 qts.because of the rounded, bowl bottom. I don't think you need both as they are almost the same pot except for their bottoms.

          1. re: blondelle

            Thanks, Blondelle! I figured that was the case, but was hoping not. I will just have to choose a different item for the top of my wishlist. :)

            1. re: blondelle

              I like using the soup pot shape for things, like soup, that I want to cook low and slow.

              Because of its small bottom I can put it on the small burner for great efficiency and the heat seems to circulate better than in the french ovens.

              Having the soup pot and the similar size french oven could easily seem like overkill. 4.25qt vs 4.5qt, The 4.25 qt soup pot and the 5.5qt french oven are less like the same thing, even if the lid sizes are the same at 26cm.

              But it does come down to how you cook, if it's useful to have more than one pot of a given capacity, no?

              I generally cook few portions at a time and I have the 4.5qt dutch oven and the 2.75qt soup pot. But I love the little soup pot so much that I've put the larger one on my wish list, even though I've made lots of soup over the years in the 4.5qt.

              1. re: pericolosa

                Pericolosa, thanks so much! The ability to use a small burner is a great point. Perhaps this needs to be on my list of things to buy if they're a really great deal. :) Thanks, again and hope you get your big soup pot soon and love it!

                1. re: wendylouwho

                  A great deal, IMHO:
                  New Kiwi and Caribbean 4.25qt soup pots can now be found on eBay for $100 (including shipping.)