Remember when No-Knead Bread first got really big, and people were swiping metal knobs off Le Creuset pots in the stores to replace the plastic knobs on their cheaper Dutch ovens? Well, they should have seen this smart hack from Jenn of A Merry Mishap; it would have saved them from petty larceny.
She didn't like the plastic knob on her new Martha Stewart Dutch oven. (There are reasons for this other than just aesthetics; those knobs are only safe up to a certain temperature, which is lower than the temperature required for No-Knead Bread.) But she found this wooden knob at the craft store, and presto! It fit perfectly on her pot. A little wood oil and it was good to go.
• Read more about Jenn's Dutch oven update: before & after at A Merry Mishap
We think this is pretty brilliant, although we think that the wood might scorch in the oven, eventually. As long as the wood isn't treated with toxic finishes it could be an inexpensive, easy way to make a pot a little prettier and a little better, too.
Did you replace the knob on your Dutch oven? I did on mine; it always smelled odd in the oven (it was plastic). I replaced it with a metal Le Creuset knob I found at Sur La Table, but I think this wooden knob would have been a cheaper alternative!
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(Images: Jenn Hagler of A Merry Mishap)