Sourdough for Beginners

The Affordable Dutch Oven Amazon Shoppers Love

updated Mar 26, 2020
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It’s certainly not a coincidence that our collective interest in sourdough bread-making is a little higher than usual right now. Ever since the general public entered this period of indefinite social isolation, we’ve noticed that more and more people have taken to tackling longer, more time-consuming kitchen projects. Enter: DIY sourdough, a project that is days in the making from “starter” to finish. Hehe, get it?

Did you know that all you need to make your own loaf is flour and water, and a few key tools? It’s true. Once you hop on the sourdough bandwagon, you’ll realize that you need a Dutch oven.

Credit: Amazon

Buy: Lodge 6-Quart Dutch Oven, $70

For those who are in the market, this $70 option from Lodge is the bestselling Dutch oven on Amazon. It has a 4.7-star rating and has more than 6,000 five-star reviews. It’s especially popular among sourdough enthusiasts. (Note: Some home bakers say that preheating their empty enameled Dutch oven has caused it to crack, but plenty of reviewers and even some Kitchn staffers say they haven’t had any issues with this one. Plus, it’s just $70 compared to, say, $360.

The Lodge 6-Quart Dutch Oven heats evenly, retains heat well, and can withstand oven temperatures of up to 500°F (which is the temp we recommend in our sourdough recipe). Sounds like the right candidate for the job. Let’s take a look to see what happy Amazon shoppers have to say about it.

“I got the Dutch oven specially for baking sourdough bread. I baked in it twice (I’ve never done it before and was not sure it will be good especially for the first time). I think I was successful because of this Dutch oven… The pot is so easy to clean. I’m very happy with it.”

“I bought this after returning one that wouldn’t take a high enough oven temperature for my bread. It worked great, cleaned up easily, and love the color!”

“I love my pot!! I made bread like a pro! It was soft inside with a crispy crust. I use it everyday for every meal. It conducts heat so well that the food stays warm for hours.”

“I just used this for the first time today. I was looking for a Dutch oven for bread making and stumbled upon this item. While I’ve only just used this, I am already in love with it! My bread came out great and I can’t wait to get so much more use out of this.”

Have you tried making your own sourdough? Do you have a Dutch oven to recommend?