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Le Creuset 5 Quart Dutch Oven

post #1 of 12
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Is this oven big enough to feed a family of four or should I upgrade to the gi-normous 7 quart?
post #2 of 12
Depends on what you're cooking and how much your family eats. (In addition, do you like having leftovers?")

Remember, you can cook less in a big pot, but you can't cook a lot in a small pot.
post #3 of 12
Mine is a Lodge, not a Le Creuset , & I am feeding 3 not 4, but I think the size is fine for you. Unless you just want a bigger Dutch Oven :chef: And there is nothing wrong with that. :smiles:
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post #4 of 12
Hello,
When I was at the bbq cookoff this past weekend,( in Dothan) I bought a 10 in, oven and a 14 but havent seasoned yet !!!
we sit in on a class there and he cooked everything from chocolate chip cookies to cheese burger pie !!! We had a blast and I cant wait to use mine .
can I cook in the oven or do I have to cook on coals outside?:confused:
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Lisa M, Cruikshank
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post #5 of 12
I have a 9 and a I think a 14 or 15. The 9 gets a lot of use. I see you are a Petit gourmet. You need to be strong to lift either of those two. :)

I use them for all kinds of braising. When I braise, make soup or chili, sloppy joes, etc., I like to make a lot of food for leftovers, and both those pans make that possible. The 5 quart seems awfully small to me.

They are expensive, though. I bought mine at an outlet store in Kenosha, WI and did well I think. You have to check them closely for imperfections in the enamel. The person working at the store checked them very carefully with me and we went through a few of them before we decided. They are very helpful there.

Kevin

Muskies anyone?
post #6 of 12
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Lol!

[quote=MuskyHopeful;157609]I have a 9 and a I think a 14 or 15. The 9 gets a lot of use. I see you are a Petit gourmet. You need to be strong to lift either of those two. :)

:lol: So true! I ended up buying the 7 and I can just barely life the thing! LOL!
post #7 of 12
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I think leftovers are always a good thing! :)
post #8 of 12
On the subject of Dutch Ovens, Cook's Illustrated two years ago made suggestions in case you didn't want to spring for $200 or more for a Le Creuset or All-Clad: they preferred the TRAMONTINA Sterling II 7-qt for $57, and liked the INNOVA 7-qt at $50, and the LODGE Pro-Logic 7-qt for $45.

They emphatically did not like the NORDIC WARE 6-qt for $18.

I get by with a Griswold #9 DO, and there's plenty of room to produce leftovers in it. :lips:

Mike
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post #9 of 12
When I was cooking for three, I used a Lodge 5 quart a lot and there was plenty, but if my teenagers had been boys instead of girls, I would have had to go to a 7 quart. I did all kind of roasts and even cornbread on top of the stove with it...pretty neat.

Jannie
post #10 of 12
5 1/2 is nice, but I think the 7 1/4 is the sweet spot for practicality without taking up too much storage space (or having it weigh a ton).

Or you could go for the 15 1/2 quart oval "goose pot", it's only 27 pounds empty.:suprise:
post #11 of 12
I was in my neighborhood kitchen store yesterday and couldn't take my eyes off a deep red 5 quart Le Cruset Dutch Oven. I'm cooking mostly just for me and sometimes a friend, so that would be plenty large.

I do think I'd like it just to have it sitting there on top of my stove...really pretty. They also had smaller ones on sale but I couln't see what I would do with them over what I already have in my copper sauce pans. But I almost got one anyway.

Jannie
post #12 of 12
I love my 7qt LeCreuset! I bought it for $12 at a flea market a few years back. I have three teenagers, two of them boys, and it sure comes in handy. They can clean that thing out in nothing flat if they are hungry enough. :eek:
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