Lodge's Versatile Dutch Oven Is One of Our Top Picks — and It's Majorly Marked Down for Prime Day
Amazon Prime Days just kicked off, and one of the best discounts in the list of kitchen deals is a fantastic Lodge Enameled 6-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven. The pan is marked down 57 percent for the next two days (October 13 and 14), which means you can get this highly-rated pan for just under $50. But hurry — just two colors (Sandalwood and Storm Blue) are part of the deal, and they'll go fast.
Lodge's pans consistently rank at the top of best cast iron skillets lists — ours included. They're adored for their solid construction, pre-seasoned finish, and low price. But their enamel-coated cast iron Dutch oven has a dedicated following that's just as supportive and loyal as any of the cast iron skillet enthusiasts. Despite being a few hundred dollars cheaper than some of its competitors, Lodge's Dutch oven is praised as ″versatile,″ "strong," and "made to last a lifetime." In short, save some money and get a Dutch oven that's every bit as well-made and reliable as any of those pricier brands we all covet.
In fact, we ranked the Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven in our list of best Dutch ovens, where it beat out names like All-Clad and Tramontina. (It was runner-up for the overall best Dutch oven.) During our tests, we were impressed by the pot's ability to heat quickly and retain heat for a long period of time. It's oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wide handles make it easier to carry from stove to oven to table even when you're wearing thick mitts.
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If you're unsure of what size Dutch oven to buy, rest assured this 6-quart version from Lodge is the happy median of Dutch oven sizes. A 6-quart pot will fit almost every recipe that's designed for a Dutch oven or cocotte, like stews, braises, and soups. Most of those recipes are designed to feed four to six people. So even if you're a smaller family, this Dutch oven leaves just a bit more space to make leftovers.
If you're cautious about buying cast iron because you don't want the burden of cleaning the fickle finish, here's some good news that will surely make you click "Add to Cart" as fast as you can: it's quite easy to clean and care for this pan. Unlike cast iron skillets, which should never sit in water and require seasoning often to keep the non-stick finish, the Lodge Dutch oven's finish is porcelain enamel, not cast iron. That means it's impervious to water and doesn't require seasoning. You can also use soap.
With more than 16,000 ratings, this Dutch oven maintains 4.8 out of 5 stars, and fans aren't shy to share why they think this is the best pan on the market:
"Where has this dutch oven been all my life? It's so versatile I am a little upset with myself I didn't have it sooner. I bought a dutch oven cookbook with this and it's such an amazing dish I seek out things I can make in it," wrote one reviewer.
Another, who chose to make a holiday gift of the pan, wrote, "Loved mine so much I gave one to my brother. He's thrilled. Excellent pot. I also have LeCreuset and Staub and this is as good!"
Buy it: Lodge Enameled 6-Quart Dutch Oven, Sandalwood, $49.99 (originally $115); amazon.com
Buy it: Lodge Enameled 6-Quart Dutch Oven, Storm Blue, $49.99 (originally $115); amazon.com
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