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What can I cook with a 9 quart dutch oven???

I accidentally bought a 9 quart LC dutch oven on ebay, thinking it was maybe 5 quarts. It looked small in the picture! It is too costly to send back to seller so I will either sell or keep it. If I keep it, what on earth can I do with a 9 quart pot? I already have a large stainless stock pot and a 7 quart LC dutch oven. Is there any reason a 9 quart pot can be useful?? (If not, a new Soliel pot will go on ebay...) Thanks! :)

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  1. The big oval one? If so, we have one. Don't use it a lot but it comes in handy when you're cooking certain dishes for a crowd. Done half a dozen lamb shanks in it. Osso bucco, short ribs, etc. for a crowd. Those kinds of dishes are great for a large dinner party since you get everything done in advance in one pot. But I would say we don't use it a lot. Use the small one much more.

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    1. re: Bkeats

      I have a big round one. That must be a lot of osso bucco! I think I will use the smaller one more often too...thanks for responding. :)

    2. Brisket!

      If it's oval, it could serve as a roasting pan for turkey, rib roasts, etc.. And you could brown a heck of a lot of chicken or the like in it, as for cacciatore. (No multiple-batch browning for you!)

      But unless you often cook for crowds or make massive amounts of sauces and chili and the like for freezing in portions, then it will be a limited-use item.

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      1. re: Bada Bing

        Mine is round, not oval! I guess I could make one huge cacciatore in it...Nine quarts of chili sounds a bit dangerous! Thanks for writing.

      2. Hi, lafondu:

        I had a 9Q round that I actually used quite a bit. Wahine toasted the enamel by boiling it dry, so it's now been recycled.

        But for years it and the 5.5Q round were my go-to pots for roasts, stews, braises, stocks, etc. I considered a 7Q at one point, but decided the two I had made for a better size spread. Do you have a smaller DO?

        If the 7Q is your only other DO, I say cook in the 9Q for awhile, and then either resell it or sell the 7Q to finance a 5.5.
        The 5.5 is *the* most useful pan LC ever made, IMO, though mine has been relegated to use as a no-knead bread tool.

        If your 9Q didn't come with its lid, I have an extra one...


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        1. re: kaleokahu

          Hi, the "go to" I use most of all is a 5.5Q saucier pan (copper, Cuisinart). I lived in Asia and am used to stove cooking rather than ovens so that is good for soup, pasta sauce,chili, risotto, strogenoff...maybe a 5.5 DO will be overdoing it? My 3.5 DO is ok for the bread, I think! I don't know if I will cook enough big meat to fit in such a 9Q one unless I have very big parties! BTW I have a lid, but I'll tell you-- on ebay people are always selling lids, have a look! Maybe you can sell yours. :) Thanks for the msg. :)

        2. Anything that totals up to 8 quarts, a little bigger is always better.

          1. Chili for a very large crowd. Braise two big chickens at once, or a couple of big pork butts. If I had one I'd keep it in my no-room-in-the-kitchen room in the garage, but someplace handy and obvious enough so I wouldn't forget it, and maybe once in a while think of something fun and delicious enough to cook a big pot of and throw a party.

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Thanks! I never thought of braising 2 chickens at once. I could try it at family gatherings. I'm not sure I want to cook THAT much chili! Thanks for answering. :)

              1. re: lafondu

                I've done two big birds in one of those old enamel so-called "roasting pans," which do not in fact roast at all. An enamelled iron Dutch oven would be better, I think. I haven't got one that big, but the five-quart Belgian oval one is downstairs working on a chunk of corned beef as I write. It's just big enough for as big a capon as I can afford … yours could braise a pretty big turkey, I'd think!

                1. re: Will Owen

                  My DO is 30 cm (12 in.) -- I haven't measured a turkey to see if it would fit. :)

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                A formerly universal measure constituting 32 fluid ounces, or a bit less than a liter. What milk cartons often contain in the US. Two pints. One-quarter of a gallon (hence the name). A nine-quart pot would therefore contain two and one-quarter gallons, which if filled with water would weigh about 20 pounds. And if you don't know about pounds (other than GBP) I'm giving up on you.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  Pretty heavy filled up with water! I guess I'll boil pasta in a lighter vessel...:)

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    "if you don't know about pounds.... I'm giving up on you."

                    Thanks for the info-such as it is.

                    1. re: gingershelley

                      He's one of our friends to the north, eh?

                    2. re: Sam Salmon

                      1 liter of water = 1.06 U.S. liquid quarts of water

                      There are four quarts per gallon.

                      one quart = (one quart)er gallon.
                      One quart = 2 pints
                      one quart = 4 cups
                      one quart = 8 gills
                      one quart = 32 ounces
                      And so on...

                      1. re: Sam Salmon

                        Quarts and litres are pretty darn close. A 9-Qt. pot would hold 8.5 L. Does that help you visualize the size?

                        For the OP, I'd pot a whole chicken in that pot with aromatics and water and poach it, then remove the chicken, skin and bone it and shred for later. Return bones to the pot and cook down a bit to make a tasty broth that can be used for congees or noodle soups. Another option would be stews or braises. Braised meats work nicely with your other Asian stir-fries. Cabbage rolls are a great idea, as is chili.

                        My giant Le Creuset pot gets use when I'm making huge stew batches that will be divided and frozen for delivery to my parents. I've also made use of it when breaking down a large chicken or rabbit into parts and I want all in a single layer for even oven cooking.

                      2. Make a very large braise, and invite a bunch of friends to dinner!

                        1. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts. It seems that the large DO is for massive meat cooking! This is different to the little stir fries I was making in Asia, I am so not used to this. I will see if it works...:)

                          1. Make Stuffed Cabbage. I have a large Dutch Oven, and after making 12-15 cabbage rolls, and adding the unused leaves and the sauce over it all, the entire thing is filled to the brim.

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                            1. re: mwk

                              Wow! Seriously do you recommend a 9 quart pot for that to 7 quarts? Just wondering. I do have to cook large batches to make use of this thing. :)

                              1. re: lafondu

                                to me, making the stuffed cabbage is a bit of a pain in the neck, but my husband LOVES the stuff. So, I make big batches and it freezes perfectly. I don't know if my Dutch oven is 9 quarts or 7 but it's a big one. Besides, if you make it and there's still room in the pot, it's no big deal. You don't HAVE to fill it to the brim...probably better if it's not that full, because everything will cook more evenly.

                            2. I would use that pot to make a few dozen hot tamales for a big party.

                              Here's the recipe I would use

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                              1. re: deet13

                                That's cool, thanks! That is a serious tamale recipe! :)

                              2. I am thinking about making stock.

                                1. You could make some slow rise bread in it don't send it back!

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                                  1. re: Ruthie789

                                    That would be one huge slow rise! Don't you think my 7 quart one is big enough? :) I think I'll have to buy a farm, raise the animals and cook them just to make use of this LC 9 qt thing! lol

                                  2. Everyone is trying mightily to find a way to salvage your investment. I salute that; it demonstrates that this is a board of problem solvers. But the truth is that unless you have a large family or throw a lot of large dinner parties you probably do not need a 9-quart stock pot.

                                    I think you should donate it to Goodwill. Take the tax deduction and think about how happy someone of modest means and a large family will be to find a cheap, high-quality large stock pot that they'll use for years.

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                                    1. re: nokitchen

                                      I will give this some thought...thank you! :)

                                      1. re: nokitchen

                                        Hi,nokitchen: "...you probably do not need a 9-quart stock pot."

                                        I think that depends not only on how often the OP shops and/or cooks for >2, but also the cook's/family's approach to stocks, leftovers, and preserving already-cooked foods. If s/he *never* cooks for more than 2, never keeps leftovers, doesn't preserve stocks, you may be right. Otherwise, I consider that a 9Q is just a medium-size pot.

                                        I, too, cook mostly for 2. But I'd feel sorely cramped if my largest pot was <14Q.


                                        1. re: kaleokahu

                                          If she had nothing else that big, I'd agree. Heck, I've got a 40-quart for brewing beer. :-) However, she has a 7-quart DO and a "large" (which I take to mean 10-12 quarts) stock pot. I continue to maintain that it's all but certain that a 9-quart fills a hole that in her case doesn't need filling.

                                          1. re: nokitchen

                                            Hi, nokitchen:

                                            We should ask the OP the size of her "large" stocker. If it's 8-10Q, I'll concede the point for most cooks. But it depends on how big the "hole" is...

                                            I have 4G and 10 Imp.G. stockers. I use them both, and not always for stock. If I get a hellacious deal on something, live crab or chicken parts for instance, they're useful.

                                            So I'm not so sure about "...all but certain..." Depends on how s/he cooks.


                                            1. re: kaleokahu

                                              Hi, my "large stock pot" is 8 quarts so the 9 qt DO is the largest. Wow, all of you are so nice to contribute your thoughts and suggestions. I really appreciate it! :)

                                          2. re: kaleokahu

                                            "I, too, cook mostly for 2. But I'd feel sorely cramped if my largest pot was <14Q."

                                            I also cook mostly for 2 and am usually cooking in the dutch oven with the idea of leftovers. I have a five 1/2 qt. round and a seven qt. oval that I use all the time, and a 3 1/2 qt. that I rarely ever use. I use plenty of smaller ( 4 qts. and below) saucepans,but I hardly ever have occasion to be using a dutch oven to be preparing such a small amount of food. Honestly I think I would use a 9 qt. more than I ever use the 3 1/2 qt.

                                        2. We're a family of two and I have a huge DO that I use for large things like a 9# pork shoulder. Love it. Would rather have too big than too small.

                                          BTW, the ability to deduct donations on tax returns have gotten stricter and stricter.

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                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            That is not correct. Tax deductability for donations to non-profits is still the same.

                                            1. re: John E.

                                              But you still have to qualify for itemizing. And (I'm not going to describe this well) you have to be able to 'document' the sale price of the donated item.

                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                You always had to itemize for these donations. She has documentation from her purchase of the LC.

                                                1. re: John E.

                                                  Most people don't itemize. Also, IIRC, the recent tax law changes require that one KNOW what the donated item sold for. But, in fairness, that may be for more expensive items, i.e., a used car. I strongly support charitable donations but thing it's pretty important to not give tax advice.

                                          2. I haven't seen this mentioned recently, but have you looked at OAMC-- Once A Month Cooking?


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                                            1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                              That is amazing to cook and eat 18 chickens in a month. The blogger really must like chicken.

                                            2. If you still think it's too big, just resell it on ebay. Get rid of it the same way you got it.

                                              We are also a family of 2 and just purchased the 15.5 quart goose pot from Le Creuset over the weekend. Now THAT is a big dutch oven! LoL

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                                              1. re: JayL

                                                Do you cook a goose with a 15.5 goose pot? I can hardly imagine what you are doing with that one! :)

                                                1. re: JayL

                                                  In the end I think I will keep i! Recently after a roast leg of lamb I needed a big pot to put the whole leg in. I realized that you really need room for these things...!

                                                2. We have the 15 quart le Creuset dutch oven and it is the perfect size for braising a baby.

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                                                  1. re: whs

                                                    I just read that one. lol! Actually I thought I could bathe a cat in the 9 qt one. If the cat allowed it.

                                                  2. I confess I did not read the entire thread. My thought is that you don't need both a 7 quart AND a 9 quart dutch oven. Decide which one you really want to keep. Have you ever used the 7 and wished ut were larger? If not, find a new home for the 9. Either sell it to someone in some manner (e-Bay, Craig's list) or find someone to give it to. You could donate it to Goodwill or some other non-profit and take a tax deduction, or, if you don't really need the deduction, you could give it as a gift to someone who you know will use and appreciate it. Frankly, I'd either do the first or the third option. That way you'll know somebody wants it and will use it.

                                                    (I'm 6'3" and 230 lbs. and I wouldn't want to lift a 9 quart LC Dutch oven full of chili, or whatever.)

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                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                      yep, just water would weigh in at close to 20 pounds. It's not something you are going to want to be moving around the kitchen when it's full, but it's also not a whole lot heavier than the 7qt.

                                                      whatever ends up happening its a shame to think of that big beautiful pot sitting in the back corner of a cupboard collecting dust.

                                                      1. Hello my dear. Unless you plan on doing lots of entertaining for large crowds, I would try to sell it in the pennysaver or something. Also, once you fill it with food, you will not be able to lift it! Cheers...