Founded in 1911, Brazilian company Tramontina has been producing quality cookware in both North and South America for over a century. In recent years, they have become a well-known name in the dutch oven market.
With the knowledge that certain meals cook better in a dutch oven, Tramontina has dedicated a great deal of time to researching new innovations for the Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Oval Dutch Oven.
This dedication to innovation is evident in their entire Gourmet line of cookware, which contains the Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Oval Dutch Oven. The first innovation you will note about this dutch oven is its oval shape.
Many other standard dutch ovens are round, yet the oval Tramontina dutch oven provides a far more convenient cooking area. Very few large cuts of meat are perfectly circular, so need to be cut into more manageable pieces before going into a round dutch oven. With the Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Oval Dutch Oven you have the flexibility to cook your roast whole without needing to cut it into smaller pieces. The ample cooking area also provides more than the adequate surface for browning or baking.
This dutch oven has the traditional cast iron interior with striking enamel exterior, but it weighs far less than its peers. Since many people struggle with the weight of a full dutch oven, the lightweight design of the Tramontina draws people to it. Being lighter it does not only make it easier to work with, but easier to clean-up and travel with.
The Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Oval Dutch Oven can be used on gas, electric, or induction methods of heating. It is oven safe to a temperature of 450 degrees. The dutch oven’s stainless steel handle is also completely oven safe, though it will get very hot, so take care. The long-wearing enamel coating was created to hold against normal wear and tear, though Tramontina suggests that this dutch oven should be hand-washed only.
The developers at Tramontina were really thinking big picture with this dutch oven. Not only were they considering the standard applications and cooking methods typical to a dutch oven, but they were also thinking of the serving possibilities. For example, they point out that this dutch oven works wonderfully as a serving piece for cold foods. Just as the cast iron holds and distributes heat evenly when cooking, it will do the same for cold foods when it is refrigerated. This means that you are getting a dutch oven and a cold serving dish in one beautiful piece.
The design of the dutch oven’s lid is unique in that they built it to have ”self-basting condensation ridges” in the cast iron. The means that as steam builds in your dish, condensation forms on the lid and rolls to the ridges. It is then released from the lid and back down to your cooking food, basting itself.
Overall, the Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Oval Dutch Oven is comparable to other, more expensive pieces, both in performance and durability.