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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:

Burmese Chicken Cauliflower Curry

August 17, 2019

This is an adapted Mark Bittman recipe that reminds me of a Burmese curry that my parents would make. The complex curry flavors are allowed…

Farfalle with Smoked Salmon and Cream Sauce

February 23, 2019

Okra and Roasted Tomato stew

November 17, 2018

We were excited to attend an event called Cooking as Inheritance: Beyond Soul Food in the African Diaspora a talk by Chefs Carla Hall and…

Poached Fish Curry over Zucchini

September 28, 2018

This is another of the recipes Mark Bittman published a simple guide to cooking fish in a variety of ways. While I’ve used cod in this…

Poached Cod in a Fennel Tomato Saffron Broth

September 23, 2018

Mark Bittman published a simple guide to cooking fish in a variety of ways. While I’ve used cod in this recipe, he notes specifically that…

Potato Fried Rice

July 11, 2018

Fried rice is an extremely flexible recipe that can accomodate many different types of meats and leftovers. I made this recipe with ground…

Beef and Broccoli

July 07, 2018

Beef and Broccoli is a staple “American Chinese” dish, and while it’s not terribly authentic, it is a quick and tasty dish that highlights…

Summer Vegetable Pasta

July 05, 2018

This is a light pasta dish with no sauce, but flavored through bacon fat, and bright summer vegetables.

Pasta with Peas and Puréed Tomatoes

March 23, 2018

Celebrated East Village Italian Chef Frank Prisinzano lovingly describes his “Pasta with Peas” lovingly on his tumblr and Instagram, but he…

Will Chiong

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

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