As far as cooking performance goes, this one easily bested the competition. Meat developed a beautiful brown sear faster in the Le Creuset than in any other models we tested, taking just a few minutes per side. Stock also came came to a boil quicker than expected, even over a medium-low flame, thanks to seemingly better heat conductivity and better distribution. When cooking down a stew, we noticed very little loss of liquid over the two hours. Anything that stuck to the sides while we we away easily came off with a rubber spatula every time we opened the lid, something that did not happen as easily in other models.
If you truly want the best Dutch oven money can buy, believe the hype. You need a Le Creuset. Consider this a statement piece that is also the epitome of function, as it works on gas, electric, halogen, induction, and ceramic stovetops as well as in the oven or on the outdoor grill up to 500°F. Plus, it’s extremely lightweight for such high-quality cast-iron cookware, with the 7.25-quart Dutch oven weighing in at just 12.8 pounds, more than three pounds less than our $ winner (which is only 6 quarts).
Yes, we’re well aware that spending over $300 sounds painful. But keep in mind: you’ll only feel it once! After that, you (and maybe even your kids) will have the absolute best Dutch oven to provide you a lifetime of culinary joy.
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