The One Gift That Every Single Kitchn Editor Wants This Year

published Nov 20, 2019
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There’s a reason why almost every holiday wish list known to man beckons and winks for a shiny enamel-coated Dutch oven. We’ll be the first to admit that these pricey-yet-dreamy kitchen workhorses are worth lusting over simply because there’s not much they can’t do. Not to mention, they’ll last you a lifetime (hello and thank you, sweet, sweet warranties). But do they really have to cost multiple Benjamins? (Yes, we’re looking at you, Le Creuset and Staub.)

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It turns out, they don’t anymore. Meet the Milo Dutch oven: a direct-to-consumer cookware startup that boasts a gorgeous 5.5-quart enameled cast iron Dutch oven for just $95, lifetime warranty included. (That’s almost a third of the price of those French legacy brands!) After one of our contributors tested out the Milo — and gave it a glowing review — every single Kitchn editor decided that they wanted one too. And who could blame us? Look at this beauty!

Read more: I Tried the $95 Dutch Oven That’s Even Prettier than a Le Creuset

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Buy: Milo 5.5-Quart Dutch Oven, $95

For now there are only three colors to choose from — glossy eggshell white, matte black, and a new deep emerald green — but that doesn’t make us want one any less. (Who has time to agonize over 30+ different limited-edition finishes? We don’t, that’s for sure.) Here’s what some of my fellow Kitchn staffers who are lusting over the Milo have to say.

“Currently, the only Dutch oven I own is a 3 3/4-quart Staub. While it’s pretty and I love that I can just leave it out on my stovetop, it’s honestly not very practical for most of the things I want to use it for (i.e., veggie chili, cozy stews, or a big pot of beans). Because this one is significantly larger, the Milo Dutch oven seems much better suited for all my kitchen needs. Plus, it’s just as attractive.” Grace Elkus, Deputy Food Editor

“I’m obsessed with the elegant and sleek design of the Milo pots (I mean, guys, how pretty is that black pot?). And at just $95 — which is a third of the price of a classic Le Creuset — it’s something I can actually ask my family for without feeling too greedy.”Ariel Knutson, News and Culture Editor

“Now that it’s getting cold, having a heavy Milo Dutch oven would be so useful for all my cooking projects. It’s perfect for long braises, slow soups, and anything that needs to cook for a long time — and because it’s so heavy, it’s less likely to scorch, so I know I can step away and let things cook without worrying about burning. The Milo also just looks so pretty, so you can serve right out of it and feel a bit fancy.” Jesse Szewczyk, Studio Food Editor

“I am a big fan of all the direct-to-consumer brands emerging in the cookware space — quality products at a fraction of the price? Sign me up! — and Milo is no exception. I’d love a white Dutch oven to go from stovetop to oven to table … to my Instagram feed (it’s so pretty! Can you blame me?).” Lauren Kodiak, Managing Editor

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to do some gift shopping! We’re sharing our favorite picks for anyone on your list — check out all of our gift guides here!