This isn’t enameled cast iron, though. It’s enameled carbon steel. It’s much lighter and won’t retain heat as well. Might still work the same, might not. Like, for general cooking, heating up a big pot of beans or whatever, I’d prefer the carbon steel, but for baking casseroles and bread, I feel like there would be a noticeable difference in results due to the difference in material.
I love mine. Picked it up at a HomeGoods or Big Lots for like $20. It’s a loud shade of red, but if anyone is a guest at dinner and bitches about the color of my dutch oven, they can GTFO and go eat somewhere else. I didn’t buy it to impress them, I bought it to cook food in.
Bought the 3.5qt size from the other site for $10 more in October. It’s very light and great size to cook for 2. Used it a few times to make a goat stew and fry up French fries. Heat retention is excellent but the lid doesn’t seal super tight so there was a little spillover with the stew. Clean up is super easy though the interior blue finish does show some grease spots with just soap, but a little dawn power wash (FYI love power wash it’s amazing!) cleans it right back to a shine.
@PhysAssist Sorry if it exceeds your 15 second cat video attention span. Jk
Skim through it. Stop when you see him loading up a Dutch oven. He cooks a duck, vegetables and biscuits, if I remember. Also, the last 20 minutes are a monologue you can skip. In 2019 he cooked a white cake. He’s a master of the campfire Dutch oven so if you ever need to know how to use one…the 2019 video is more instructive.
@tweezak the menu was duck with mandarin oranges and potatoes, cinnamon rolls, pineapple upside down cake, and mint frosted chocolate cake. I watched way more of that than I needed to.
Pro tips to take home for the tl;dw crowd:
Line the bottom of the Dutch oven with bacon beneath the duck to keep it from burning. Also put bacon on top after the potatoes to render the grease into the potatoes. It looked like a whole 2 or 3lb package of wright brand went into that dish.
Put a tortilla and then flour underneath the cinnamon rolls as a sacrificial heat shield.
Don’t fill the oven with too much cake mix, it rises and you don’t want it hitting the lid and burning.
Keep the molasses bottle in your pocket if it’s 25 degrees out and you need to be able to pour it.
All my dutch ovens are cast iron, both enameled and bare. All but one of them cost less than these. I did splurge on a Staub when they had a sale going last year (well, a Williams-Sonoma by Staub).
I am kind of intrigued by this because it’s lighter so maybe a higher WAF but I do believe there’s something to the heat retention of cast iron for most Dutch oven cooking. My understanding is that carbon steel is better for fast high heat which seems the opposite of what one does with a Dutch oven.
I am less intrigued by the tone of green offered on this particular one.
@PhysAssist I mean, I am here, so maybe? But they’re all different. 4, 5.5, and 6.5 quart enameled, and a camping style with the feet for the coals that’s in the neighborhood of 6 quarts as well. So baking, gumbo and inferior stews, roasts, and all manner of camp cooking are covered.
@Telanis The Lodge enameled (color outside) ones are made in China. Yes they can usually be found for a similar price on sales. They are heavier. Some will like that. That’s the point of this brand, it offers a lighter alternative and will initially heat quicker, though some like the temperature stability (thermal mass) of the heavy cast iron ones. Others (like me) don’t like to lift them, especially the larger sizes.
@Telanis I actually worry about storing my large dutch oven - I have slider shelves and this thing weighs like 35 pounds. And taking something this heavy in and out of the oven at 450 degrees is quite the event.
Nice color: “Nasal Congestion Green”…
I got two (2.5 quart and 6) at Bed Bath & Bingo, branded AKS (Artisanal Kitchen Supply, I think). On sale, they were $16 and $35. Cast iron, beautiful red, heavy a.f., useful and attractive (not “Nausea Green”).
@Citymars@Pufferfishy Wow, that’s pretty impressive. I didn’t want a Dutch oven - I have an antique cast iron one that was made in France or Belgium, but now I’m kind of hankering for a Misen. Sheesh. Thanks a lot.
That said, the grill pan/lid and the silicone lid are both appealing, and if the construction is all they say it is it will be well built. I almost wanted to buy one myself just from looking at the thing. Then I thought about the accusations of overowning dutch ovens hurled at me above and closed the browser tab.
Misen has had me almost want to buy several things from them, but I’ve never bitten. They seem to target the kitchen “prosumer” with a pro level product slotted into a sub-premium price point. They could be great products at a good price or they could be all marketing and putting high markups on mediocre products. I did read that their knives (the first thing that put them on my radar) did not get great reviews.
@Citymars I hope it is a great Dutch oven for you. That grill pan lid looks worth giving up the knob, getting two pieces for one and makes for better use of space (you can also put something on top of it without a knob if you have a tight cabinet space).
@kyeh there was one left on indiegogo at the $99 price point when I was looking, better hurry!
@allergycheryl They didn’t suck. They were a decent deal. You’ll always have naysayers and “experts” saying shitty things about ANYTHING that is sold here.
I read the comments for entertainment and occasionally make my own comments. (like this one) Sometimes off-topic in an attempt to be funny. Sometimes to share my opinion on a product. But if I’m not sure whether or not to buy a product here I do research beyond the comments section.
First glance, I was pissed it was sold out. Now, I’m glad I didn’t impulse buy. I have a great Dutch Oven in cast iron with porcelain coating inside and out. I also have a giant electric Dutch oven that will cook a 20lb bird. And, I have yet another, smaller, cast iron Lodge brand Dutch oven that is absolutely awesome for fruit cobblers; and everything else. Just throw everything together and put the cast iron pot in the charcoals of your camp fire for an hour or so. Amazing! So, thank you all for buying these before I got a chance to. You have saved me money that I will use to buy some beer for the weekend.
I have a lot of cast iron, enamel, etc.
This 5.5 quart is a beautiful Dutch oven.
The actual green is a little nicer than shown.
Indigo inside. Made in Germany. Fantastic price.
I’m so happy I bought two. TY