My Le Creuset Dutch Oven was my great aunt’s. I received it after she passed away, in all its vintage glory. It’s Flame red and comes with the chipped paint of years of love.
Dutch ovens have grown into an unlikely contender for an essential pot in your kitchen. Something about their stoic but demure nature has captured the hearts of young cooks and has beaten the odds of other ephemera in the kitchen. Whether you want to get your hands on a legacy Le Creuset or opt for a direct-to-consumer newcomer, a Dutch oven will follow you on any food journey you go on.
The Legacy Ones
What can you say about a brand that has become almost synonymous with Dutch ovens? The Le Creuset Dutch oven is top of the line and will basically last you an entire lifetime and then some. Classic colors include Flame Red, Caribbean, and Marseille.
The Staub Cocotte is a rounded powerhouse of a Dutch oven. It’ll evenly distribute heat across its surface and comes in similar colors to the Le Creuset like Cherry and French Blue.
The Direct-To-Consumer Ones
Milo’s approach to a dutch oven is simplistic and utilitarian, but still attractive. The Classic Dutch Oven comes in two colors, white and black, with a metallic accented top handle to add a subtle pop of interest in the otherwise unadorned exterior.
If there was ever any brand to take on Le Creuset in Dutch oven domination, it’s Great Jones. The Dutchess is a beautiful enameled cast iron Dutch oven that comes in a handful of colors with appropriately foody names like Broccoli, Mustard, and Macaron.
The Affordable Ones
The Lodge Dutch oven is the anti-Le Crueset. At a fraction of the price, it’s something that you’ll work to the bone but still want to display on your kitchen stove or on the dinner table as a serving dish. It comes in fun colors like Island Spice Red and Emerald Green.
Cravings by Chrissy Teigen Dutch Oven
When Chrissy Teigen announced that she was collaborating with Target on a kitchen collection, it’s no surprise that the Dutch oven was the star. The Cravings dutch oven only comes in one color, but it’s a gorgeous ombré blue with a gold-accented handle.
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