The Sweethome: The Best Dutch Oven

LodgeYou could spend a lot more on a Dutch oven, but for $75 the 6-quart Lodge Color Enamel Dutch Oven offers everything you need to make great braises and stews, and even bake no-knead bread. This durable, well-designed pot kept pace with ovens four times the price from well-known French manufacturers. It seared, braised, steamed, and caramelized foods better or just as well as more expensive competitors, and it features great handles and dimensions that make the Lodge perfect for many cooking tasks. Last year, we chose the Lodge as our top Dutch oven after 18 hours of research and testing. This year, we spent 50 hours investigating and testing six top-rated models, cooking our way through nearly 5 pounds of rice, 18 pounds of onions, 12 pounds of beef chuck, 5 pounds of carrots, and two bottles of wine (for cooking, honest!), and the Lodge remains the clear winner.

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