Best Dutch Ovens TechnoBuffalo 2020

Dutch ovens are one of the most versatile pots in the kitchen. They are perfect for braising meats, making stews, boiling vegetables, and deep frying Twinkies. Dutch ovens easily move from the stovetop into the oven, and they are perfect for camping because they withstand the heat of coals and open flames. Here is a list of our favorite dutch ovens.

Best overall: Lodge Enameled Cast iron Dutch Oven

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The Lodge dutch oven comes in six different sizes ranging from 1.5 Qt to 7.5 Qt. Its six-quart oven is the most popular size. The cast-iron dish is covered with a protective enamel that helps keeps food from sticking while also creating a fun color finish to match your kitchen decor. The knob on the lid is made of stainless steel metal, though not covered like the rest of the pot. This means you can put the entire dutch oven into your conventional oven.

$70 at Amazon

Best budget: Vremi Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

The Vremi cast iron dutch oven is proof you can get a reliable dutch oven without paying a lot. It is designed to work well with electric stovetops, but it also is great for cooking over open heat sources like gas stoves and campfires. The pot holds 6 quarts and includes non-stick technology to make it easier to clean. The handle of the lid isn't made of metal, so it isn't a good choice to use it in the oven. The pot part of the dutch oven is oven safe. You'll just need to cover it with aluminum foil if baked foods need to be covered during cooking.

$30 at Amazon

Best large capacity: AmazonBasics Cast Iron Dutch Oven

The AmazonBasics dutch oven has a 7.3 Qt and a 7.5 Qt option, both hold a lot of food. The oven is made from casted iron but is finished with an enamel coat that makes it easier to handle and clean, plus food doesn't stick as easily inside. This dutch oven can be used on the stovetop, in a conventional oven, and over an open flame. It can also be used to cook on embers. This makes it a nice pot for both indoor and outdoor cooking.

$62 at Amazon

Best seasoned oven: Lodge Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven

Traditional dutch ovens aren't covered with enamel. Instead, the exposed cast iron absorbs the flavors of everything you cook on it to create a well-seasoned pot. The Lodge dutch oven comes pre-seasoned and ready to go. It comes in three sizes - 2 Qt, 5 Qt, and 7 Qt. While they aren't coated in enamel as other ovens typically used indoors, the Lodge pre-seasoned dutch oven works just as well in kitchen ovens and outside over coals.

$40 at Amazon

Best for bread: Cuisinart Round Cast Iron Dutch Oven

The deep and round design of the Cuisinart dutch oven makes it a good choice for baking bread. You won't have to worry about having too little dough which would result in a more flat loaf or one with more crispy sides. This enamel covered dutch oven can be warmed enough to encourage rapid rising of yeast breads, plus you can oil the sides to avoid sticking. The entire pot, including the lid, is oven safe, or you can bake bread outside over coals.

$85 at Amazon

Best for camping: Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven

While this dutch oven by Lodge can be used indoors, it is designed for camping and use with hot embers of a campfire. It features three feet that lift the entire oven away from the heat source and a convenient handle that helps distribute the weight of the oven as it is lifted and carried. The lid is recessed with a small lip so it can hold additional coals on top to create a true, portable oven for cooking a variety of foods, including baked goods.

$102 at Amazon

Best double dutch: Cuisinel Pre-Seasoned Double Dutch Oven Set

This dutch oven includes a deep lid with side handles that can double as a more shallow pot or a frying pan. The Cuisinel pre-seasoned cast iron oven is good for both indoor and outside use. The larger pot portion of this dutch oven holds 5 Qt while the 10-inch lid holds at least another quart on its own. Both parts are made to evenly heat to ensure proper cooking and have sturdy handles to keep control of the oven at all times.

$60 at Amazon

The last morsel on dutch ovens

Dutch oven cooking is a fun way to cook and keep your whole meal in one pot to reduce mess and dirty dishes later. They are versatile enough to bake bread in the oven, stew on the stovetop, and meat over a campfire. The Lodge cast iron dutch oven easily transfers from the stovetop to the oven, and while it is coated with an enamel finish for convenience in your home kitchen, it can also be used camping over hot embers.

To feed a really big crowd on your next camping trip, or to reduce the need to bring more than one dish, consider the Cuisinel double dutch oven. Its lid is deeper than other models so it can double as a 10-inch skillet. It comes pre-seasoned and ready to be used.

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