This topic was covered slightly in the beginner’s guide but here are a few more tips on what to look for when buying your first new or used Dutch Oven. This way you don’t go into a completely blind and uneducated and buy something you don’t need or want.
The first thing you should look for if you’re buying a “used” Dutch oven is damage. Ask yourself the question, what is damage? Damage to a Dutch oven could be anything from warped walls, broken legs or inconsistent features. If you plan on buying a used Dutch oven from a private seller, look closely! Don’t leave one inch of that oven overlooked. It could cost you a lot of money and heartache in the long run.
Next would be consistency. When you think of consistency when it comes to a Dutch oven, you’re looking for thin spots in the walls, the lid not the fit quite right, is the bail handle in tack or thin spots on the bottom of the Dutch oven. Consistency goes hand-in-hand with damage but it’s good to point some things out.
Now that we’ve talked about the damage and consistencies, I believe size is the next thing on the agenda. Before you go and buy your first Dutch oven you should have an idea of how much food you plan on cooking. You’re probably thinking this is my first Dutch oven I have no idea what I plan on cooking in the long run. Just so you know, there are several different sizes and styles when it comes to these cast-iron beauties. For those reasons you need to have an idea of how much food you plan on making.
There’s anywhere from 5-quart Dutch ovens to 12-quart Dutch ovens even 16-quart Dutch ovens and beyond. So before you go out and buy the biggest one ever made because you want to cook a lot of food, consider buying several smaller ones that way you can cook several dishes at the same time. Some may think this is common sense but it’s only common sense if everybody already knows about it.
To buy pre-seasoned or not to buy pre-seasoned, that is the question.
These days there are two different types of Dutch ovens you can buy, pre-seasoned or not seasoned at all. If you choose to buy the seasoned style of the Dutch oven, it takes away a little bit of heartache and prep work that will go into your brand-new oven. If you buy a non-seasoned oven you will get the opportunity to learn how to burn in and season your new Dutch oven. It’s not a very hard process and it’s a good way to learn how to use your new oven.
Lastly, what brand to buy? Save yourself time and money and check out Lodge Dutch ovens. The Lodge has been around for a day or two and they know what they’re doing when it comes to producing quality cast-iron Dutch oven’s for a great price.
Thanks for taking the time to read through these tips on what to look for when buying your first Dutch oven. We hope this will shed some light on the subject!