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The Cast Iron Dutch Oven: The Original Multipurpose Pot

There’s a reason why your grandma, David Chang and everyone from the Test Kitchen all swear by the Dutch oven. This is the original multipurpose pot, an uber-versatile non-negotiable for anyone who spends any time in the kitchen. The fact of the matter is that Dutch ovens do it all: braise, stew, fry, sauté, slow cook and even bake fresh bread. By their very nature, cast iron Dutch ovens are meant to go with the flow, moving with ease from stovetop to oven, and—since many are made in brilliant, enameled hues with spectacular designs—to the table for serving, too. Sur La Table is here to help you find the very best Dutch ovens, braisers and cocottes. That way, you can experience their incredible adaptability for yourself.

From Rustic to Enameled: Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

Generally, Dutch ovens and cocottes are made with enameled cast iron materials. Those pretty, brightly colored Le Creuset Dutch ovens and Staub Dutch ovens may spring to mind when you think of them. These heirloom-worthy kitchen heavy-lifters are often the first pieces owned by lifelong Le Creuset and Staub collectors, and for good reason: they’re made with durable cast iron with a protective enamel coating that makes them so remarkably consistent, versatile and long-lasting, they can quite literally be used for a lifetime (or two). And with a rainbow of colors from which to choose, these eye-catching ovens look amazing on any stovetop or buffet.

Other Available Dutch Oven Materials

Although enameled Dutch ovens may be your first thought, Sur La Table Dutch ovens also come in a wide variety of other material types if you prefer something different. For example, you’ll also find gleaming, beautiful stainless steel Dutch ovens from All-Clad and nonstick Dutch ovens from Scanpan.

Dutch Ovens: Only the Best

We offer Dutch ovens by the enameled cast iron masters, such as French cookware brands Le Creuset and Staub. You’ll also find high-quality, trusted versions by Lodge, Hestan, Viking, All-Clad, Scanpan, Greenpan and others in our selection, however. Sizes range from huge 15-quart Dutch ovens that are large enough to roast whole chickens and whip up delicious beef bourguignon to mini styles that are perfect for preparing individual servings of winter soups and more. For inspiration, check out our list of recipes to make in your Dutch oven.

At Sur La Table, we’re big proponents of the “buy it for life” philosophy, so we offer a variety of Dutch oven replacement parts, including replacement knobs, to help keep yours in use for years to come.

What are Braisers?

In addition to our phenomenal assortment of Dutch ovens, you’ll find a great selection of braisers. Braisers are happy mediums between Dutch ovens and skillets. They can be made of enameled cast iron but can also be constructed from durable nonstick or steel. These handy cookware items often feature wider bases than traditional Dutch ovens. Braisers also have sloped sides, handles for easy transport from the oven or stovetop to the table, and a lid. The generous interior is ideal for browning, braising and other cooking techniques, allowing you to add other items, such as veggies, wines, liquids and more.

Enameled Cast Iron Care and Cleaning

Enameled cast iron Dutch ovens and braisers are super-durable and resilient, but you need to be careful when cleaning the interior to avoid scratching (that smooth, interior enamel is responsible for those even sears and perfect caramelization we all adore, so don’t risk it). Only use the cleaners and tools recommended by the oven’s manufacturer.