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A Dutch oven is synonymous with comfort food. It’s a one-pot multitasker made to cook everything — roasts, soups, rice plates and so much more. It’s hard to think of something a Dutch oven can’t do.
With all that said, it’s no wonder that this year’s super popular and cult-favorite Dutch oven, Le Creuset, costs a whopping $150 (at least). Before you go scraping up nickels and pennies from under your couch, consider a $45 Dutch oven that looks identical to its costly alternative.
Amazon’s Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is as beautiful as it is bright (it comes in vivacious red, blue, green and white). It’s garnered more than a thousand five-star reviews, and shoppers are calling this kitchen appliance an absolute game-changer.
“This is my first cast iron Dutch Oven and [I’m] amazed how wonderful braised meats turn out. I should have bought one years ago,” writes one customer.
They’re not the only one who feels that way. Nearly 2,8000 shoppers have given the Dutch oven a near-perfect 4.6-star rating. (82 percent giving the oven a perfect 5 stars!)
Not only is it great for cooking juicy and tender meats, it’s a perfect item for busy households because you can throw a bunch of ingredients in the thing, let it cook, and get an incredibly tasty meal — just like that!
Made from porcelain enamel, the Dutch oven includes a self-basting cover that traps steam and heat inside, giving whatever you’re cooking that perfect moist and flavorful outcome we all dream of. Whether you’re sweating onions, roasting veggies or cooking a steak, this model can help you achieve the perfect result. It can even go into the oven at up to 500°F.
It’s dependable and durable, just like name brand models you’d find in a superstore, shoppers say, plus it’s perfect for cooks of any skill level.
“I really like this Dutch oven! I've never had one before, and didn't want to pay for the name brand. This does a great job!,” says another Dutch oven convert who’s been getting “surprised compliments” on their soups and stews.
Another simply asks, “Where have you been all my life?,” and honestly, that’s the proper reaction to using a Dutch oven for the first time.
Need more convincing? This model is made with clean-up in mind.
The nonstick vitreous enamel finish keeps sticky messes away, and makes hand-washing a breeze (you can stick it in your dishwasher, but washing by hand is recommended).
Take it from this all-too-relatable reviewer, who declares, “I hate doing dishes and try to do a lot of single-pot cooking and this is the answer to my prayers! It’s so easy to wipe clean and it’s solid but not too heavy to handle.”
Buy it for the versatility. Buy it for the ease of use and cleanability. Buy it for the unbeatable price. Or simply buy it for its stunning good looks, like this Amazon shopper, who proudly displays it on their stove “even when not in use as it seems to warm up my kitchen and make it look like I actually cook often!”
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