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This Under-$100 Dutch Oven Is the Most-Used Piece of Cookware In My Kitchen

published Jan 26, 2022
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When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I get giddy. Even though I do love a good box of chocolates, for me V-Day is all about showing off my awesome gift-giving abilities. When it comes to my significant other, choosing a gift is fairly easy. I know him best and live with him, so I have a good handle on most of his needs and wants. However, after six years of Valentine’s Days together, this year I’ll admit I’m a little nervous, since I just don’t think I can upstage last year’s gift.

The best gift I ever got him for Valentine’s Day was this Dutch oven. This beautiful, enameled cast iron Dutch oven from Lodge is a true masterpiece, and just a fraction of the price as some other fancy French cookware brands. Bonus: It’s on sale right now.

Lodge is best known for their cast iron cookware and cleaning tools (like this scrubber that we love), but when it comes to enameled cast iron, they’ve managed to create quality, long-lasting pieces at a totally affordable price. Available in 22 unique colorways on Amazon, this do-it-all Dutch oven can withstand up to 500 degrees in the oven (hello broiler!), it’s ideal for storing leftovers or marinating ahead of cooking in the fridge, and it’s even dishwasher-safe. Hello, quick cleanup!

Cleaning the naturally non-stick surface inspires fearlessness in the kitchen, making even the gnarliest of cleanups much easier. Although we love the beautiful patina our Dutch oven has developed over time, Lodge also has their very own Enamel Cleaner to remove tough stains and keep your oven as shiny and new as it was upon first use. The enameled surface distributes and retains heat evenly, so whether you’re cooking quick and hot or slow and low, this heavy duty piece of cookware effortlessly completes the task. In my apartment, we use this beauty every week for slowly braising meats, stirring risotto to perfection, frying crisp tempura, or whipping up a batch of toffee.

On sale for under-$80, this Dutch oven is a total steal. Order it now and get your recipes out for some delicious nights ahead. Trust me, your significant other will thank you!

Buy: Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, $79.90 (Normally $115.00)