You know how much I love cast iron, so you’re probably not surprised to learn I like enameled cast iron, too. I’ve had the same Dutch oven for several years (from Target, actually), but it’s definitely starting to show its wear and, besides, I’ve always wanted an oval one. In addition to all the things Dutch ovens are wonderful for (soups, stews, braising), oval dutch ovens are especially great for browning roasts, small chickens, you name it.
ProCook is a family-owned specialist cookware and kitchen retailer based in the UK. They provide quality cookware at an affordable price. And I do mean affordable. The 4.2 qt. oval Dutch oven is a mere $65, whereas a similar LeCreuset would be about $200 more. And, let me tell you, it performs beautifully. You would never think that there is such a huge price disparity. I would absolutely recommend this Dutch oven if you’re in the market for one, particularly if you don’t want to spend a couple weeks’ worth of groceries on a pot. :)
I’ve made many things in this already, including a one-dish sausage & farro recipe and bolognese (and other things—like stew, chicken chili, and seared roast—not pictured because the pics are on my broken computer, ahem). The pot retained its heat well and cooked very evenly. It was a breeze to clean up.
One thing I really like about the ProCook line of Dutch ovens is the ridged lid on the inside, something most Dutch ovens don’t have. This is great for braising because the lid allows the pot to self-baste, catching the steam in the ridges before condensing it back into liquid and letting it drip down. Cool, huh?
ProCook carries a large assortment of cookware, bakeware, knives, utensils, and even dinnerware. If they perform as well as this Dutch oven (and I have no reason to believe they wouldn’t), then I can’t wait to try other pieces. You really can’t beat the price. And you can never have too much stoneware, amiright?
So, do you want to win a 4.2 qt. oval Dutch oven from ProCook? Great! Here’s how:
- To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you’d use this Dutch oven for (links to recipes are always welcome!)
- Be sure to leave your email. No one will be able to see it but me, and I will be emailing the winner.
- One entry per person. Keep in mind that comments are moderated, so if you don’t see your comment right away, please do not post another.
- Giveaway closes on Sunday, September 29 at 11:59 PM CST.
Disclaimer: ProCook provided me with a Dutch oven to review, and will be providing one to a reader as well. All opinions are my own.