ProCook Review and Giveaway! {closed}

September 23, 2013 · 167 comments

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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.

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branny September 23, 2013 at 4:18 am

I would love to make chili!

Hezzi-D September 23, 2013 at 5:08 am

I want to use it to make short ribs!

lisa September 23, 2013 at 5:26 am


Joanne September 23, 2013 at 5:29 am

Learning about new, fabulous, affordable cookware sounds good to me! And to think I really need a Dutch oven…i’d made tagines in it!

Abigail @ The Soul of Health September 23, 2013 at 6:27 am

Good morning!! I think Beef Provencal Stew sounds amazing! That is the first thing I would make — The sky’s the limit!! Thanks for the giveaway! <3 Abigail

Ali @ Solano's Kitchen September 23, 2013 at 6:40 am

I love using my round Dutch ovens for soups and stews and things, but an oval one would be perfect for roasting some chicken!

Cindy September 23, 2013 at 6:42 am

I’d love to make a good pot roast with it!

Kate September 23, 2013 at 6:55 am

Definitely chili!

Alex September 23, 2013 at 6:58 am

I would make some chili! Just in time for this cold weather!

Lillie Mae Stone September 23, 2013 at 6:58 am

Pot roast!

Tasha September 23, 2013 at 7:06 am

I would use it to make roasts! I love when fall comes and it’s cool enough to fire up the oven again.

Janell September 23, 2013 at 7:16 am

My new, favorite, long and slow cooking recipe is Braciole from Cooking with Elsie. That’d be the first I’d try.

Susan September 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

I have always wanted a Dutch oven for making soups and stews!

Georgann Ganas September 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

I’d like it to roast meats- chicken, pork, and while I don’t eat a lot of beef, I might be tempted to try one since I could sear it first. This sounds like so much fun.

Elizabeth Ann Herring September 23, 2013 at 7:42 am


Betti September 23, 2013 at 7:50 am

Love braised dishes, particularly one with with beef, tomatoes, molasses and beer.

Emily September 23, 2013 at 8:01 am

Beef stew

Wendy W. September 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

$65?? Are you kidding me?? What a bargain!! I refuse to make pot roast in anything other than a cast iron Dutch oven … it’s like magic :)

Gaby September 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

i would make a bunch of different chicken and stew recipes!

Sue D. September 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

I would love to make red wine braised short ribs!

Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor September 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

Great giveaway! I’d love to make a herbed roasted chicken with carrots, onions and potatoes.

Laura September 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

Um everything. Soups, stocks, stews, chilis, pot roast, it’s always my go-to for deep frying too. Indispensable in the kitchen!

Molly B September 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

Definitely lots of chili, and I’d probably make quite a few briskets!

Kristine September 23, 2013 at 9:10 am

I’d make braised short ribs- they are our fall favorite!

Elizabeth September 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

Chili, chili and more chili!!!

Sara C. September 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

To bake Ethiopian spiced honey bread. Yum.

McKenzie September 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

Beef bourguignon!

Stacey September 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

I would LOVE to make a nice roast or Chicken in a Pot. I, too, have been lusting after an oval dutch oven.

Danesa September 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

Oh how I would love this. I would make my lil Italian mother-in-law’s homemade marinara sauce in this. The best recipe deserves the best cooking vessel and this looks like it fits that requirement. Thank you for the chance to win it (and my husband’s praise). :)

Kat September 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

This Dutch oven looks great. I think the first thing I would make in it would be a beef stew. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sam September 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

I’ve become a sucker for Red Beans and Rice after doing some reading about Louis Armstrong…makes the house smell wonderful.

Kathy S September 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

Cool, crisp mornings, awakening to oven cooked, steel cut pumpkin oatmeal laced with smidge of maple syrup. Happy Fall to All.

Favorite recipe:

melissa@IWasBornToCook September 23, 2013 at 9:52 am

I’ve been craving short ribs lately, so…

Allison September 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

With the weather cooling off, a hearty soup of chili would be great.

charj September 23, 2013 at 10:16 am
Pam September 23, 2013 at 10:32 am

One thing I’d use this Dutch oven for is to make my Dad’s recipe for chili! :)

Emily M. September 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

Stew Stew Stew! Or a roast =)

Jill R. September 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

I’d love to roast some chicken!

Jackie September 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

I would definitely use it to make a cider brined pork roast…and that is just one of the many delicious meals I would make for my family and friends!:-)

Angelisa Dumala September 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

My friend once made Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini with ground lamp in a Dutch oven that I’d love to try! I’d love to try a brisket or a roast in a Dutch oven too :)

Mignon September 23, 2013 at 10:43 am


Melissa September 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

Pot roast, soup, pasta sauce etc. etc. etc. Love comfort food and that is the perfect pan for it!

Urban Wife September 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

I would actually ask my husband to make us his famous chili. What a great price on this Dutch oven! Far easier to convince my husband we need this rather than spend $300 on a Le Creuset.

Rachel Tilly September 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

I would love to make a roast, or chicken soup, or bolognese!

Shewanna September 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

The first thing would be a nice slow bolognese sauce!

Annette September 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’d make a soup – I really like this recipe and make it often (but I double the beans and serve topped with avocado).

gina frederick September 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

stuffed peppers!!!!!

Liz September 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Id love to try my hand at my Mother-in-laws red gravy or maybe finally make your short ribs in chipotle & green chili sauce!

Randi September 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Pot roast and all kinds of soups!

Jenni @ DoughSeeDough September 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I would love to make a Moroccan chicken and butternut squash soup!

Cheryl Newton September 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I don’t know. A chicken? A roast? I’ve never had a Dutch oven, but I’m sure I have plenty of recipes that I could use it for.

mrsblocko September 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I think I’d start with chili!

Valerie September 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I would make tons of soups and chili!

Kate September 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Since dutch ovens are so pretty, they live on my stovetop. Which makes them my first choice for soups! This week alone I have tortillas, pumpkin, and tomato soup in the works, all of which would look gorgeous in this dutch oven.

Rhonda September 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I would make chili or spaghetti sauce.

Lisa September 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Dutch ovens are heaven! I am looking forward to braises and stews this fall/winter. This is a huge hit at our house:

Daniela September 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Pot roast! I’ve been dying to make a fall-apart pot roast with potatoes and carrots

Jill_R September 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Chicken and dumplings would be great in that pot!

Eva @ Eva Bakes September 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I would love to make a braised pork belly recipe that my mom passed down to me.

tiffany September 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

A big batch of chili! With fall approaching and football season in full swing, there would be nothing better to make in that pot!

Rebekah C September 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Since fall is setting in I think I’d make a brisket first. Yum.

libby September 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I would make a big pot of home made chicken noodle soup, my families favorite.

Jen September 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Soup — it’s finally starting to cool off and I’m ready to make chili and tortilla soup on Sundays!

The Home Cook September 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm
tcmary September 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

It’s time for some yummy spiced short ribs

Rob September 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I would love to make some brisket with gravy

Stamatia September 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Stifado! Probably some chili! An oval one *would* be nice to make a roast in…hmm…

Nora B September 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

My blueberry dumplings would be amazing in there!

Ohsogawjess September 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Rhubarb crumble!


Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} September 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Probably chili or beef bourguignon!

Liz @ Books n' Cooks September 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I’m dying for an enamel-coated dutch oven! For a new recipe, I’d like to try some sort of short rib. I get them at restaurants often but have yet to make a good one at home. An old favorite that I make in my dutch oven is Beef Bourguignon (

Skip Coleman September 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

That pot has “Osso Buco” written all over it.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Ilene September 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I’d use it to make brisket.

Ann McCord September 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I would love to make a succulent herby roast chicken or a crusty loaf of bread.

Amy Ramos September 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm
Jessica September 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I would make my husband’s favorite beef stew. I’m so excited that you posted about this product. I can’t believe the price!

Kay September 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

A money tree never popped up in our yard, so we couldn’t dream of buying a Le Crueset. My mom will be VERY happy to hear about this more affordable option.

If the ProCook dutch oven came to live with me, I’d make a cold weather staple of seafood stew. There’s always a bounty of seafood tucked back in the freezer, and this would be the perfect dish to start off fall cooking.

Amy September 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I’ve never used a dutch oven before and neither has my Mom, so I would be extremely excited to get one of these! :)

I would probably make a big, hearty batch of Chili. Especially with this Minnesota Winter coming up!

Maria September 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I would make chili!!!!

Marie September 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I’d love to make Buffalo Chicken Chili in it!

Christine September 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Some scrumptious curry or stew recipe!

Ashley September 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I would use it for soups, I love soup and am excited that the weather is getting cooler and I can start making it regularly again! Thank you for the recommendation, I have been wanting a dutch oven forever, but I can’t afford to spend that much on cookware!

Also, I have been meaning to mention this weird coincidence- I am also Greek. I was pregnant at the same time as you were with Zachary and I also had a boy (who had dairy intolerance like your new guy!). Now, I am pregnant again and just found out we are also having another boy! I just saw the pics of Ian, and he is adorable and looks just like his big brother! It made me feel excited about having another boy. We are also looking to buy a house right now! I think that’s it :)

elly September 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Too funny! Brothers are the best. :)

Anne September 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I’d love to make a pot of spicy beef stew in here!

vlora September 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

uh, I want it. I would use it to make my meatballs, or as one of my kids calls it ‘mom’s best meatballs.’ but as fall is upon us, I see me using it for chicken paprikash too, which my kids don’t like, but I do, because it has plenty of veggies, good comfort food, and best of all, done in less than an hour.

Melissa September 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I’d love to make a roast chicken, a bit batch of slow cooked marinara sauce, or chili!!

Deb September 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I’d make chicken and dumplings!

Dwayne Smith September 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I would like to make Lamb Stew.

Chelai September 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I’d make oxtails!

Marty September 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I think I might try some kind of stew first. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Mia G September 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I would make lemonato – greek stew of beef and onions in a lemon sauce.

Elisabeth September 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I have a friend in the marines who’s stationed on the east coast and comes home every Christmas wanting me to make him Chicken Tortilla soup. This would make a real good soup!

Nicole O September 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

We call these “Magic Soup” pots. I would make my favorite Spicy Corn Chicken Chowder!

Chantal September 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm

The first thing I’d make would be some sort of delicious wild mushroom casserole. yum. Or maybe something with apples and/or squash… or all of the above. hrm…

Karen - Cinnamon Freud September 24, 2013 at 12:37 am

Some good pot roast or bread

Madeline September 24, 2013 at 5:23 am

Fall inspired chili

Maike September 24, 2013 at 5:30 am

Beef Tenderloin it is!

Beth September 24, 2013 at 7:36 am

I would make my favorite Texas beef soup!!

Allison September 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

Stew, stew and more stew!!!!

Jackie Gonzales September 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

Chili for sure…we eat a lot of it up here in cold Minnesota :)

Kenadi September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

I would make my Mother-in-law’s awesome stew

Cindy September 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm


Kristi September 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I would make dutch oven beer bread, yummy.

Denise September 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Chili or carnitas or soup or ……………. I am sure that if I were to get it, I’d be using it lots for many additional things also!

Liane September 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I live in London so a bit too far to send this prize, but just very glad to hear that this English based Dutch oven works so well. We need a new one in the future. And then I’ll make an amazing sourdough bread in it (works so well in Dutch ovens!).

aria September 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

pot roast

Gordana September 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I’m sure it would be perfect for stuffed bell peppers. Yummm

Mary September 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm

The first thing would be Darina Allen’s Guinness beef stew, although I sometimes substitute Killian’s Irish Red for the Guinness which can be a bit bitter for some.

Kristi P September 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I would make a pot roast! It’s my all time favorite comfort food!

Joanna F September 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I love making big pots of soup all winter, especially legume soups–and I’m in need of a new soup pot! The best thing about cast iron enamel is how neatly it cleans up. Can also be used for baking crusty artisan bread!!!

Katie September 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Soups! Stews! Chili! Roast Beef! Roast Chicken! I love cast iron :)

Alisa September 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I make loads of soup and chili (yes, even in the summer). This would be great!

Margaret September 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I would make pot roast and lots of soup in the winter!

Maritez September 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I would use it for so much, but definitely for chicken & dumplings, one of our favorite dishes during the Fall & Winter.

helen September 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I have never used a dutch oven, but would surely like to try a chicken stew, maybe with dumplings? Or how about some chicken egg lemon soup? Yum!

Amber P September 25, 2013 at 1:15 am

I would love to make this delicious Roasted Chicken in a dutch oven!

Sue S September 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

I’d love to make some braised short ribs in one of these. Or pot roast or stew or soup. So many choices…

Stacy September 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

So many choices, but I would probably start with braised short ribs. :)

Chris September 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

I would probably make gumbo first!

Anne September 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

No-knead bread! I love bread made in Dutch ovens.

Kimberly P. September 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

I love chili, especially this time of year, but would first make a braised pot roast with root veggies. I’ve tried to make a good pot roast in the crock pot, but it never seems to turn out as well as the roasts my grandma made in her old cast iron pot!

Heather September 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

Have never roasted a chicken in a dutch oven but would like to try that method!

lisa September 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I would love this 4.5 quart oval PreCook cast iron dutch oven! I love using my round dutch ovens for soups, stews, braising and any other type of slow cooking.

Carissa September 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I would make lemongrass chicken stew. Mmmm.

Jan September 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Chili and roasted chicken would be on the short list. Many more on a longer one.

Haley September 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I would love to braise some short ribs in it!

Eleanor September 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Pot roast!

Kristen September 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I’ve never cooked in a dutch oven before so I’d start easy with some chili

Grossvater September 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I use my Dutch oven for French onion soup, beef, roulade, stuffed peppers and things like that. It is 6.5 quart and a smaller one would be really nice :-)

Catherine September 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

A biggggg pot of chili. And some no-knead bread. Probably in the other order so I could eat them together!

Beth September 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Beef stew! And then short ribs! I would LOVE an enameled dutch oven, but the price tag has kept me from pulling the trigger.

Pat September 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Moroccan vegetables, yum!

Margot C September 26, 2013 at 1:51 am
Tee September 26, 2013 at 6:50 am

You get the best Irish Soda Bread with a dutch oven!

Kath September 26, 2013 at 7:22 am


S. September 26, 2013 at 8:22 am

This type of cookware is fantastic, you can use it for so much! I would use this for everything from stifado, avgolemono, to homemade bread!

Lauren September 26, 2013 at 10:42 am
Peggy T September 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

Chicken and dumplings!

Karen Y September 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I think i would find a recipe for an apple cobbler or something! Welcome Fall!!!!

Jennifer September 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I would make the overnight bread in there and loads and loads of Jamie Oliver’s Beef and Ale stew for my Son and Husband.

Stacey September 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I’ve always wanted one of these, really don’t feel like a grown up without one, and up in Northern WI it would be the perfect winter kitchen need! With three kiddos I’m sure it will have lots of chili and black bean recipes in it BUT this would def. have to be the first dish :) – Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa Recipe ..

Andrianna September 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Fasolada! (Greek navy bean soup, for the non-Greeks)


Julie September 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

CHILI! I tend to just throw whatever I have in the fridge and freezer plus a couple of cans of drained beans and season it. Perfect for football season :)

Lynn bb September 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm

A big batch of marinara sauce!

Sue Armstrong September 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I would make a rich and deep Coq au Vin!

lacey September 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

I would make beef stew, pot roast, or short ribs, osso bucco

Sandy Headtke September 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

A BBQ beef brisket

sonha castelli September 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

I have been looking for a Dutch Oven, and would love to try this one! I would make my mother in law’s Belgian Beef Stew. =)

Dynese September 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

I will use my Dutch oven to make a different soup every Sunday.

Angie September 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

Aaahh….choices! My first instinct is to say pot roast, since it’s one of my favorite comfort foods during the fall, and it’s one of the easiest things to do before church–just throw it in the oven before we leave and let it roast low & slow all day. BUT, I’d also have to say osso bucco. It’s on my “to do” list and this looks like a fun tool to try it with!

Heather September 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

I would braise short ribs in it. Love it, great giveaway!

Amanda September 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

SOUPS! It’s soup season and I’m ready! The thing I’d make the most in this dutch oven would definitely be my chili! It’s my favorite and I swear I make it at least 10 times a year!

Katie Bogus September 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Butternut Squash and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie

Ana September 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Salsa Verde Chicken and Dumplings. Love!

Ivy September 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I’d like to make “Gigantes” (stewed giant beans for non-Greeks) and of course so many other things.

Jey September 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I’d love to make short ribs!

Jessica September 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I would love a Dutch Oven to help with all of the Holiday cooking coming up this year!

Jennifer Perry September 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I would make Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourgignon!

Becky September 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

My fiance is Greek and I am not. Your blog has helped me learn to make some of his favorite recipes! I should have written to you years ago to thank you! I would love to use this dutch oven to make a big batch of dolmades. I have mastered them!

Erika Blankenship September 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I would cook chicken curry

Rebeca September 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I’d try my hand at making a pot roast again. I am a pretty mean home cook…..but a pot roast seems to be nemesis.

Amy @ The Nifty Foodie September 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

I’d make some beef stew! :-)

Carol September 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Spaghetti and meatballs

Morgan Matthews September 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Beef Stew for the quickly approaching winter nights.

Anna September 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I use mine all the time, but Cook’s Illustrated French Chicken in a Pot is one of my favorites.

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