The Affordable Dutch Oven 3


Last week while I was home I told my mom about the next “big purchase” I was going to make for my kitchen when I had the money.  I really wanted a Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven.  I was planning on getting the 5½ quart one and these bad boys retail at a staggering $315.

What I got instead was 6½ quart Dutch oven by Tramontina, for $47.58, including shipping and handling.  At that price, it was a done deal.  In one of my moms various magazines, from 2007 I believe, there was a review of Dutch ovens.  One review said the handle on a Tramontina Dutch Oven will melt at 450 degrees.  So yes, there’s a draw back, but it’s definitely one I can live with when I’m saving over $200.

In honor of my new Dutch oven, I made Julia Child’s Coq Au Vin (Chicken in Red Wine Sauce).  For those of you who don’t know, this is the chicken version of her Beef Bourguignon (Beef in Red Wine Sauce).  Chicken was a cheaper choice, and with Trader Joes amazing deal on wines this dish didn’t break the bank.  Jujus and I ate it with French bread and we were literally wiping the bowls to get every last drop of sauce.  I can guarantee you, I will be experimenting more and more with braising!


About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.


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3 thoughts on “The Affordable Dutch Oven

  • Ginger Whelan

    I, too, had been covetting a Le Creuset dutch oven – even at their outlet store (near Palm Springs, CA) they are pricey. I found a Kitchen Aid oval one for $70 at Home Goods. I love it! I use it all the time for roasting whole chickens and use it for braises during the winter months.

  • gallon

    I don’t understand the comment about the handles melting. Aren’t they made of cast iron just like the rest of the pot? The melting point should be around 1200 deg F.

  • admin Post author

    It’s the handle not the handles. You can’t see the lid in this picture, but the handle on the top of it isn’t made out of the same cast iron. I have been told you can buy a handle for the lid separately and replace it, but I have yet to have a reason to use my dutch oven at a higher temp than 450 degrees.