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Uses for small dutch oven?

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Unexpectedly, my parents gifted me a 3.5 quart Le Creuset:

 

 

 

 

It is very, very nice, but it doesn't seem to be a particularly useful size, especially compared to my 6 quart Lodge:

 

 

 

 

I don't really see myself cooking 1/2 as much beef stew, or 1/2 as much pot roast; I don't really see myself using it for the same type of jobs as my 6 quart dutch oven but in lesser quantities.

 

Is the small dutch oven particularly useful/advantageous for anything specific?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 3

You're right, IAOC, that size isn't particularly useful as a Dutch oven per se. Not if you're cooking for a family. For just a couple or a single person you can do a lot with it.

 

When we were married more than four decades ago we recieved a LeCruset kit that included one of those. Still have it, and still use it. But mostly it's used for making things like rice and side dishes. It's also just the right size for soups. 

 

For braises, stews, chilies, things you usually make in quantity, a larger pot is definately called for. For those I mostly use my 8-quart oval.

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post #3 of 3

It's the perfect size for a roast chicken or any small roast.  Great for a pot of chili or baked beans.  It would make an awesome risotto pan. 

 

If you don't want it, send it over!

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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