Cast-Iron Dutch Oven Convert

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Hey there friends! We’re talking cookware today… come on over. 🙂

I’ve wanted an enameled cast-iron dutch oven for years. I use my crock pot and stock pot independently often, but there is a versatility and depth of flavor that only a dutch oven can deliver. Really I’ve been gaga over the colors of enamel available from the leading brand. Plum! Aqua! Rust! Mustard! Lime! They are so beautiful that part of me wants one of each. 🙂

So anyways. A PRETTY, colored enameled dutch oven was on my Christmas list. Caveman told me up front that he bought me a similar item and that he knew he was taking a risk.

This is what I unwrapped on Christmas morning:

cast iron dutch oven

Pretty much a black lump of coal, right? It’s a simple, unadorned cast-iron dutch oven. No bells. No gumball hue. Just a normal black pot.

I admit I was moderately disappointed. Caveman was undeterred and excitedly pointed out the clear superiority of the humble hunk of iron on my lap:

“But honey! It’s pure cast iron! Indestructible! We can use it on a stove, in an oven, even over a campfire!” (Probably inside a volcano too, if we were so inclined.)

“And look! The lid doubles as a large skillet!” (Hmm. That’s handy.)

“It’s naturally non-stick!”

“Also, it was four times cheaper than the one you wanted.” (Ahhhhh. I see.)

Caveman is a great gift giver, so I knew I could trust his instinct. I decided to reserve full judgement until I had given the dutch oven a fair chance.

I’m glad I did. After a month and a half of use (and trial and error), I can honestly say that I’m a cast-iron convert.

To Caveman publicly: good choice. This hardworking dutch oven is the right one for our family. In fact the black pot is quickly becoming my go-to for EVERYTHING: beans, soup, Indian sauce, mashed potatoes, hamburgers, even mac ‘n cheese. Not to mention the every-morning scrambled eggs prepared in the skillet lid.

I’ve never cooked with cast iron before, so I’ve been very impressed with the steady, even cooking. The superior taste. Even the ease to clean once you get the hang of it.

The downside is the weight. It is so heavy. I usually have to ask for Caveman’s help to scrape food out or to clean it. Also, I’ve noticed that the amount of butter we go through has doubled recently. I must look into this mystery.

This post is not sponsored, by the way. I’m just raving because I’m actually impressed. I mostly like that it suits our small living lifestyle because

it was so budget-friendly
b) two pots in one! Bonus space-saver
c) it lives on our stove, which doesn’t bother me too much because it is actually in use half the time and the simple appearance is growing on me.

You know, I guess this cast-iron dutch oven suits us because it is a lot like our family: not flashy. Simple. Maybe a little rough around the edges but it adds its own flavor to everything it does. And it makes a mean roast.

I’ve had a couple people ask for specifics, so I’ll go ahead and include these: The brand we have is Lodge. It is a time-tested, well-loved and trusted product. After using our dutch oven for months now, I heartily recommend it. Caveman purchased ours off Amazon for $40. Deal!? Yes. (No affiliate links here by the way. Just our truthful opinion!)

Are you a cast-iron convert? Comment below and tell me why! General thoughts on cookware or kittens? Comment below! 🙂

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  • Kim
    February 6, 2015

    I think it is a great mainstay pot, and I would have chosen this brand for the cost and color. The rustic simplicity is made festive by wonderful colors in cooking. Nice post! Thank you.

    • Evelyn
      February 6, 2015

      Hi Kim, yes you’re right! I had to take a picture of the spices in the recent Chicken Makhani because they were just so pretty all together! 🙂 Thanks for chipping in. 🙂

  • Jillian
    February 6, 2015

    Yes! I got a cast iron skillet for Christmas and I’ve used it every day since! I have one of the enameled Dutch ovens, Josh got it for me for Christmas years ago, it’s Kirkland (from Costco) and while I do like it, I think I’d like a cast iron one more. The interior enamel stains easily, and the exterior has chipped in places, which is mostly cosmetic but then makes it prone to rust unless I’m super careful about cleaning and drying it.
    I hope to get another (larger) skillet, and get rid of some of my older nonstick cookware. I’m in love with the cast iron!

    • Evelyn
      February 6, 2015

      HI Jill! How are you?! Yeah, I’m not the most gentle with my kitchen supplies… which is another reason that I think cast iron is the way to go for me. 😉 I used them both tonight again for dinner and I just love them! 🙂

      • Jillian
        February 7, 2015

        Hey! I’m doing well! Loved the update post you wrote; your kiddos are so grown up! If you try the Dutch oven bread another commenter mentioned, you have to let us know how it goes!

  • Sarah T.
    February 6, 2015

    I bought the smaller set a few years ago, but it wasn’t quite large enough for our family of 6. I sold it to my brother with the plan of getting that one. But we moved and I now have a teeny kitchen, so it’s still on my “one day” list. I use cutting boards on my stove burners to add counter space, so that option is out! Glad you like it!

    • Evelyn
      February 6, 2015

      Hi Sarah, I do the cutting-board-on-burner trick too to save space sometimes. I hope you can get the larger set soon! I think you’ll love them. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Christy King
    February 6, 2015

    I love cast iron, and I have the same plain type as you (not enameled). I love that they can do nearly anything.

    Try making no-knead bread in your Dutch oven if you haven’t yet. Great crust!

    • Evelyn
      February 6, 2015

      Hello Christy! Do you have a recipe for that? Otherwise I’ll Google it. 😉 Sounds delish to go with a winter soup! 😀

  • Eleanor van Rooyen
    June 17, 2015

    I started off my married life in 1979 with cast iron pots – l’ ve since passed on all but one pot as l have purchased more suitably designed pots and pans in cast iron. I do find them heavy as l’ m battling with osteo- arthritis, but l cook with nothing else.

    • Evelyn
      June 17, 2015

      Hi Eleanor, I’m sure I’ll need to do the same someday. They are wonderful, but the weight is a clear disadvantage for those of us who have weak joints! Thanks for commenting.

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