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Dutch Oven vs. Slow Cooker

This discussion was very helpful. I, too, have a crockpot, well, actually 2. one is a big oval, the other is a 2 1/2 qt. I broke the lid years age, and found the lid to my Allclad 2 qt saute pan works just as well, except it's always sort of a surprise as to what's actually going on in the pot. I like the pot to keep things warm if I am munching all night, or for a party.

I have a Giada deLurantus enamal cast iron Braising pan, and a 4 qt steel dutch oven, I don't remember whose. I cook for one, so these are just right. The braising pan with food in it,is about all the weight I can manage. I keep thinking I should get a real dutch oven, but the weight scares me.

Once your kids are out of the house, and you downsize, you really have to think about how often you will use these things, or should you give the heavier pots to the kid who lives nearest to you or you see the most, so you can borrow it back if you need to. Just sayn...

Sep 09, 2012
flowerpainter in Features

What is the one item you always leave Costco with?

Land o Lakes Cottage Cheese
Kraft Parm...big green can
Kirkland Chicken tenders
...and a hot dog! Mettawa, Illinois: north of Chicago

Apr 20, 2012
flowerpainter in Chains

Can I really bake dinner in a toaster oven?

I also have a Krups convection oven. I've had it for several years and love it. I cook meatloaf, chicken, fish, potatoes, winter squash and anything with dough,almost everything except toast...I have a toaster for that as it comes out evenly. and yes, the meatloaf comes out great!

Jan 20, 2012
flowerpainter in Home Cooking