I’ve been frequenting TJMaxx. Marshalls, Target and Wal-Mart over the past few months on a hunt for an affordable 6-quart enameled cast iron dutch oven (sometimes called a cocette). I really like using the ovens to slow cook beef and lamb and hearty stews, casseroles and soups. There are thousands of recipes available online for making all types of foods with dutch ovens including no-knead bread, popcorn, and desserts! They are versatile tools that can be used on the stovetop and in the oven.
Last week, while ordering some items on Amazon, I decided to see if I could add a dutch oven to my order. I researched Amazon customer reviews and ordered the Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven in Caribbean Blue. I own a Lodge cast iron skillet and grill pan, so I already trusted the quality of the brand. Now, that it’s here, I want to share my thoughts and photos of it to give you a better idea of what it’s like if you’re considering purchasing one.
When the oven arrived at my home on January 5, my first impression was that I really liked the color. It’s a soft, but vibrant blue. The enamel inside of the dutch oven is beige, and isn’t a bright white like some other brands of dutch ovens. I don’t mind it at all though. The stainless steel knob on the lid is very nice and compliments the blue well.
Unboxing the Dutch Oven
The dutch oven comes with an instruction and care manual, plus a promotional piece for other Lodge cast iron products.
Here are the specs:
- 6-quart capacity
- Size: 10 3/4″ diameter, 4 1/2″ deep
- Can be used in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (this was what I liked most)
- Chip-resistant porcelain-enamel finish
- There are several color options: My version is blue, but it also comes in red, burgandy, green, orange and purple.
So far, it seems like it’s of great quality. There were no chips or scratches on the enamel, and I like the metal handle. The dutch oven is a decent, workable weight and the lid is also substantial in weight and fits on the top nicely to seal the oven.
I will say that I did not use the lid when I prepared my first dinner using the oven. However, I do think it would be wise to use a an oven mitt or dry towel to remove the lid from the dutch oven when it’s hot. When I cook with the lid for the first time, I will edit this review to reflect the final results for lid use in the oven.
I gave it a first try in my kitchen by making my own variation of Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Coconut Milk.
At first glance, when I attempted to brown my chicken pieces, I realized that there wasn’t much surface on the bottom of the oven as other dutch ovens that I’ve seen. This version has a smaller base than some others I’ve viewed in stores. However, those typically were priced much higher than my new Lodge.
The price of this dutch oven ranges in price on Amazon based on color. The price ranges as of January 6, 2015 were $58.97 to $86.89, depending on the color. Interestingly, burgandy is currently most expensive while the green is least expensive. My Caribbean Blue is around $70.
Overall Thoughts on the Lodge 6-Quart Dutch Oven
Overall, I think the dutch oven is a great buy.
- It is lightweight and easy to move when moving from stove to oven to stove again.
- It browns and cooks evenly from stove top to oven.
- I liked the wide handles which made it really easy to grip and move the dutch oven as needed.
- It can handle up to 500 degrees F.
- The price was affordable for the size, quality and color at just under $70.
- Small base for browning meats. The only thing that I dislike a small bit about it, is the fact that the base of the dutch oven is not as wide as the opening. Basically, there’s not a lot of surface area to braise on as you may think from the diameter listed. I guess I should have been able to tell that by the product photos though. But at any rate, I don’t think it will be a huge problem for me as I tend to purchase smaller cuts of meet for 2-4 person dinners most often.
As of today, I would recommend the Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven as a good buy. As I use it more often, I will update the blog to reflect any changes for good or bad that may influence my review.
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