Gift Ideas, Kitchen Neccessities — November 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

What Every Kitchen Needs: DUTCH OVEN

The best way to cook stews, casseroles, and roasts. Photo courtesy of

In this column, we will highlight items that every kitchen needs in order to function. These items will make your kitchen function to its true potential, save time, and also intrigue guests. In addition, these items would make wonderful gifts for that person in your life who loves to cook and/or entertain. Enjoy!

I bought my first Dutch Oven a few years ago. Now, I don’t know how I lived without it. First off, does anyone wonder how the Dutch Oven got its name??? Probably not, but I’m going to tell you anyway. According to Wikipedia (so I am sure this is accurate), the Dutch were much more advanced than everyone else when it came to cast iron craftsmanship. It is said, they used dry sand in their molds to produce a smoother surface. Therefore, the pots became known as a “Dutch Oven “.

Okay, so why do you need one. Well, it is fall, and fall is the perfect time to make stews, roasts, and casseroles. The Dutch Oven
is a thick-walled pot, perfect for stove top browning and sautéing, then placing directly in the oven. You won’t get a better cooking experience than in a Dutch Oven. As a matter of fact, I just made some Beef Bourguignon (also known as beef burgundy) in the Dutch Oven, and it did not disappoint. I will be posting the recipe soon, so go ahead and order your Dutch Oven
now if you don’t own one already. Below are two links for Dutch Ovens from They are two different sizes. To determine which size you need, you just need to know how many people you are cooking for. The smaller one is good for 4-6 people, the larger one is good for 6-10 people. Prepare to spend a little bit of money for quality though. The small one sells for about $260 (list price is $350) and the larger one for $296 (list price $400+).

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry