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The Best Dutch Oven

September 23, 2018

Enameled Cast Iron is a little tricky to recommend because it is a very expensive item, and it requires very specific care. You can’t use any metal utensils when stirring this pot, and it has to be cleaned by hand rather than machine washed.

That being said, nothing is better for braising meats, poaching fish, or making a soup.


Enameled cast iron should be cleaned with a gentle sponge. The enameled cast iron makes it so food should not burn or stick to the surface so as long as you aren’t using metal utensils you should be fine.

Removing stains

Over time, the light-enamel interior of the pot may discolor or stain. This is purely cosmetic, but it may affect your ability to monitor the browning of meats in the pan. If it gets to this degree you can fill the pot with a mixture of bleach and water (at a ratio of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water) and let it sit overnight.

Recipes that require a Dutch Oven:

Written by Will Chiong who lives and works in New York building useful things.

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