When many people hear dutch oven, they think of cowboys and chuck wagons. While this association was true for decades, it is not the case anymore. Millions of homes around the world use dutch ovens, resulting in more flavorful meals.

Lodge is a brand that has become synonymous with cast iron cookware because they have been creating durable cast iron pots and pans since 1896. Lodge is well known to cowboys and five-star chefs as a premier Dutch oven maker.

Features

One of their more popular Dutch ovens is the Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles. This model, without an enamel coating, is highly reminiscent of the dutch ovens used by those famous cowboys. A very utilitarian dutch oven, this one can go on the stove, in the oven, or on the grill. It works well on all types of stoves, including: gas, electric, and flat top.Lodge-L8DOL3-Pre-Seasoned-Cast-Iron-Dutch-Oven-Review-01

Lodge L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles, Pre-Seasoned, 5-Quart

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The Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles offers ample cooking area for roasting or braising larger cuts of meat, or for browning stew meat. You can even use this dutch oven as a deep fryer, but make sure that you only fill it one-third of the way with oil.

Everyone raves about the shape of the lid, which essentially creates a self-basting environment for cooking. What could be better than knowing your dish is staying super flavorful and moist without having to stir or add more liquid? The handles on the dutch oven and lid are incredibly comfortable and convenient, though be careful as they do heat up with the rest of the pot.

Care and Seasoning

As opposed to some other company’s cast iron pieces, Lodge has taken care of the first seasoning for you. You are able to cook with it as soon as it arrives. This seasoning is not a full coating though, so it is advisable to re-season it after the first few uses.Lodge-L8DOL3-Pre-Seasoned-Cast-Iron-Dutch-Oven-Review-012

Also, as this dutch oven does not have an enamel coating and relies on the seasoning to retain its natural non-stick cooking surface, you should not use soap when cleaning it. Generally, the Dutch oven can be wiped or rinsed clean and re-seasoned. If a more thorough cleanup is necessary Lodge recommends a mild soap wash, rinse, and pre-season. Unfortunately, the Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles cannot go into the dishwasher, yet that is a small price to pay for a dutch oven that will outlive you.

Some people may be turned off by the thought of having to re-season their dutch oven after each cleaning. All bare cast iron needs to have cared for this way; however, anyone who has ever cooked with cast iron will tell you that the older the piece gets, the easier it is to cook with. Despite the inconvenience, properly caring for your Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles will ensure that it last multiple lifetimes.

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