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Mar 26, 2013 01:42 PM

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. :)