Sunday, October 08, 2006

Going Dutch

Last month I decided to replace another stand-by of mine, an old Rival jumbo frypan with a non-stick coating that was definitely wearing out. Rather than get a second pan, I opted for a Dutch over. Specifically, a Lodge cast-iron Dutch oven with the Pro-Logic nonstick coating.

I wanted a Dutch oven because I thought it'd be a good idea to get something that could handle both stovetop and oven use, and I didn't feel like paying an arm and a leg for a Creuset casserole.

Now there are a couple of places around its lid where that coating's been slightly chipped (may have happened during shipping), but apart from that I'm finding cooking with it a relative hoot. Making niku-jaga (a sort of Japanese beef stew) and chili turned out to be a breeze, and the actual pot-washing afterwards was much easier than I thought. Mind you, I've yet to try baking or roasting with it, but I do have a couple of recipes that I definitely want to try out.

Taking it camping? Well, maybe next year ...


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