What does a Dutch oven do that a pot won't do?


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Old 04-29-24, 09:43 PM
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What does a Dutch oven do that a pot won't do?

What's the functional difference between a Dutch oven and a pot? Would you be able to tell whether a recipe was cooked in one vs. the other?
 
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First hit on Google:
Dutch ovens have thicker walls and tight-fitting lids compared to regular pots
, making them ideal for slow-cooking dishes and one-pot meals like stews, soups, roasts, and even baking bread.
https://www.marquettecastings.com/bl...baking%20bread.
 
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Dutch ovens are made of cast iron and coated with enamel, so super heavy. You can also use them on top of the stove and in the oven. I guess they're like a pot and roaster in one.
I don't think you could tell what something was cooked in though.
 
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Dutch ovens are made of cast iron and coated with enamel, so super heavy
The one we have is just cast iron - no enamel coating. I bought it new about 50yrs ago so maybe the newer ones are different.
 
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The one we have is just cast iron - no enamel coating. I bought it new about 50yrs ago so maybe the newer ones are different.
Must be. I've never seen one without the enamel. Here's a pic I found of one from the 1800's, so obviously the enamel coating is for newer ones.



 
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We had an uncoated cast iron one when I was a kid. We kept it at our deer camp and used it mostly for venison stew. We often cooked with it in a campfire. The old versions had a flat lid that you could cook on. The one we have now is enameled and the lid is domed.

Another advantage of a dutch oven is that they retain heat for quite a while.
 
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