The Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is often compared to much pricier models, such as Le Creuset. There is no doubt that Le Creuset ovens are highly acclaimed and good at what they do, but what about Lodge models? Sitting at ¼ of the price of a Creuset oven, this dutch oven from Lodge already catches the eye. With bold colors such as Caribbean Blue, Island Spice Red, Purple, Burgundy, Emerald Green, and Pumpkin, this model certainly makes a statement.
The real question is what makes the Lodge a good buy for the price, or are you better off with a more expensive dutch oven?
The first thing to notice about this dutch oven is the enamel coating. This particular Lodge model only has two coats of enamel, while the Le Creuset model has four. The enamel coating can be a big help in making the pot non-stick and quite easy to clean up, but it can also be a hindrance.
Although most models survive quite well, it is not rare for the enamel coating to chip. Chipped enamel can be quite dangerous, unfortunately. Chipped enamel can flake off in your food, or you can even cut yourself on it.
The next thing to look at of the lodge color enameled Dutch oven is the porcelain. Available in your choice of six colors, the porcelain makes it stand out. The polished interior of the porcelain resists sticking and allows for very easy cleanup, no matter the mess. Hand washing is recommended to keep the pan in good shape, and the food will clean off without you having to scrub hard and damage the enamel.
Unlike other models of the same price, there is no need to season the dutch oven, as the smooth surface will not react with ingredients.
The overall build of this oven is also worth the attention. The rounded bottom although easy for stirring can be quite awkward when you want to brown a large cut of meat. The shape of the oven helps to spread heat evenly, which makes for good, tender meat meals.
The design of the pot also retains heat, which is quite helpful for saving energy, and therefore money. The wide interior is also good for making all sorts of meals, and anything that fits inside can be cooked.
There are many small details in the design of the oven that just seems to tie everything together, for one, the colors. Not only do the colors make it seem like cooking is more of a fun activity, but it can also double as a serving pot. With the bright colors and beautiful details, it is just the thing to serve your dinner in. Friends are sure to admire the beautiful Dutch oven almost as much as the meal itself.
The Lid of Lodge Color Enameled Dutch Oven
The lid of this oven itself is something to look at. The black porcelain rim sets this design apart from other similarly priced models, and only adds to the effect the colors already provided. There are some minor design flaws in the lid. In pre-2011 models, the lid sits on top of the rest of the oven on three small ridges, sort of like a tripod. Although this allowed the lid to lie flat, it also allowed quite a lot of steam and heat to escape.
Newer models have fixed that. The knob of the lid is also heat resistant only to a certain point at 400 degrees it will begin to crack.
- Inexpensive (about ¼ the price of Le Creuset models)
- Brightly colored
- Enamel coating
- Porcelain interior and exterior
- Resists food sticking
- Unique details
- Spreads heat evenly
- Retains heat and moisture
- Allows food to be tender and juicy
- Rounded bottom can be awkward for large pieces of meat
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: Is the flat bottom suitable for glass top cooktop or induction cooktop?
A: Yes, it is suitable for both glass top ranges and induction cooktops.
Q: Is the Dutch oven Made in the USA?
A: No. The Dutch oven made in China but it comes with a lifetime warranty!
Q: Is the cast iron Dutch oven seasoned?
A: As the cookware comes with ceramic coating, so there is no need seasoning like traditional cast iron cookware
Q: Can I use it on the Gas Stove?
A: Yes, you can use it on a gas stove as well as ceramic, electric, and induction cooktop
Q: Is the cast iron cookware oven safe?
A: Yes, the cookware is oven safe for up to 500° F
The Question Still Stands
Is the Lodge 6-quart Enameled, Cast Iron Dutch Oven worth the price? In many ways, that answer is yes. Although there are some minor flaws, the good obviously outweighs the bad. This oven is sure to produce a delicious meal while still looking nice and cleaning easy. This Dutch oven is great for someone who wants to cook but is not willing to pay upwards of dollars for a Le Creuset when there are alternatives that work just as well. This oven is just the right accessory for any kitchen.