Stainless Steel Dutch Ovens – Let’s have a look!

dutchovenexpert-stainless-steelStainless steel Dutch ovens are much more robust when compared to other materials such as enameled cast iron as there is no need to worry about chipping. However, due to it’s poor heating properties, an aluminum or copper core is usually required to provide even heat distribution and a quicker heat up time. Unfortunately, both copper as well as aluminum, cannot be used with anything acidic. Throughout my career, I cannot say that I’ve had the chance to use very many stainless steel Dutch ovens while cooking in a restaurant kitchen. These seem to be more aimed towards home kitchen use.

While a high end dutch pot can mean quality and durability, there are several less expensive options out there. See some of the best stainless steel Dutch ovens below!

Tramontina Prima 18/10 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Base /w Glass Lid

The Tramontina Prima Stainless Steel Dutch Oven has a capacity of 5 Quarts. It is covered by thick gauge 18/10 stainless steel with a Tri-Ply base providing very good nonstick characteristics, comes with a glass lid and is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. From what I’ve experienced this Dutch oven is quite versatile. It heats quickly when in the oven and holds the heat very well. Certain glutenous foods like rice do not burn or scorch as easily as they do in smaller, thinner gauged pots. It’s thick gauge steel is also easy to clean. Deep frying is also a possibility with this stainless steel cookware, as long as the pot is not over filled. The Prima collection is part of Tramontina’s Gourmet cookware line and this item certainly lives up to it’s name.

Cuisinart 445-22 Contour Stainless Steel Dutch Oven

Cuisinart’s Contour is their premium cookware line that features an aluminum base on the cooking surface, bonded to a stainless shell.  The aluminum encapsulated base maintains even heat distribution, eliminating hot spots. Premium stainless steel cooking surfaces do not react with food or alter natural flavors. It’s 5 Quart capacity is perfect for making sauces, stews, soup and chili. Aesthetically, this Dutch pot looks great in the kitchen and has a professional sty/e/feel to it. I’ve used this on several occasions when hosting guess and it has held up great. It does not require any specific heat setting the majority of the time and is fairly easy to clean, though I strongly recommended a stainless steel cleaner for it’s exterior. It is also quite affordable and probably one of the best “bangs” for your buck!

Magnalite Classic Dutch Oven with Rack

Magnalite’s Classic Stainless Steel Dutch oven is made from aluminum and a special magnesium alloy, great for conducting heat. This composite reacts well to changes in temperature and will eliminate the chances of warping. It has a capacity of 5 Quarts and can be taken from refrigerator to the oven and vice versa. It also features a heavy domed lid to lock in moisture in addition to facilitating heat convection and comes with a cooking rack. This is a perfect tool for making chili, spaghetti sauce, pot roast, and soups of any kind! Magnalite offers a 50 year limited warranty on their cookware.

Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware

What a gem! The Calphalon Tri-Ply Dutch Oven is made up of a polished, stainless steel shell with a satin colored interior lining which looks great in the kitchen. This stainless steel dutch oven is definitely what you need if looking to slow cook large meals as it has a capacity of 5 quarts. The Tri-Ply stainless consists of two layers of stainless steel and an aluminum core, once again ensuring great heat conductivity on all types of cooking surfaces. The Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Covered Dutch Oven is dishwasher safe, can be used in the oven and under the broiler. Best of all, it is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Circulon Genesis Stainless Steel Covered Dutch Oven

Perfect for braising and preparing tasty one-pot meals, this stainless steel covered Dutch oven combined with an outstanding nonstick cooking surface provides the same qualities that a traditional cast iron style would. From experience, grease has been a little bit more difficult to remove from this cookware. However, if you’re looking to make stews or soups you shouldn’t have any issues. The pot is approximately 9 inches in width and 5.5 inches in height. A great option for a small family. However, I would not recommend using it for anything with bones as they may damage or scratch the bottom surface.

Still debating?

Yes, there are thousands of choices out there for you to choose from but as the saying goes, you have to “pay to play”. I think that cookware is a perfect example of that. Although most manufacturers now offer “lifetime” warranties, these are in most cases limited to certain conditions. In my opinion, the thicker gauge the better. You will eventually learn (depending on which route you take) that although lower end stainless steel Dutch ovens can be efficient, they usually consist of thin gauge steel which will cause food sitting at the bottom of the pot to scorch or burn much faster compared to a thicker gauge stainless steel pot.

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