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jm_chng

Pot Bread

Hi Guys,

 I've got £100 worth of vouchers to spend. We've got some cast iron pots going for about that price, one with built in thermometer. I've got just a few days left to spend my vouchers. Is it worth me buying one of these pots for baking? I can't see me using it for anything else in the near future. What do you guys think? The alternative is bit and bobs for the house.

This one

This one

or this with thermometer

Thanks

Jim

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Jeffrey

I like the ones with loops on top so i can pick up the lid with the fireplce poker, like this one;

https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1.asp?menu=logic&idProduct=3948

but we use it mostly outdoors, that chicken looks pretty cool on top.  Of course it might break off.

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mountaindog

Jim - I'm drooling over the photos of the Straub dutch ovens, I especially like the oval one with the rooster, and 6 qts is a good size, not too big, not too small. I have an 8 qt. oval Le Creuset that I use all the time - I've never tried it for bread however, I'm probably one of the few on this site who have not bothered trying the NY Times No Knead recipe yet. After reading about someone cracking their Le Creuset lid in a 500F oven, I know I won't be using mine for bread either, but I love Le Creusets for making stews, roast chickens, lamb shanks, you name it. I did pick up the relatively inexpensive Lodge cast iron dutch oven that Jeffrey linked to above, but I got the same 5 qt. pre-seasoned one at Amazon for $25. I'll use it for trying the no-knead recipe on a camping trip this summer (after testing first at home).

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jm_chng


Thanks for taking the time to get back. I appreciate it and you've helped me make a decision and feel more confident about it.
Jim

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sewwhatsports

After seeing the entry from Mountaindog about the Logic cast iron Dutch Ovens for $25 on Amazon I was intrigued.  Went to the site and lo and behold, there it was.  Mine should arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday..  THEN I will try the no knead bread.. 

Rena in Delaware

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mountaindog

Yeah, Rena, I thought that 5 qt. Lodge was a good deal, and I like the cool-touch spiral handle on that one. I actually bought 3 of them from Amazon back in December (free shipping!) as Christmas gifts for a couple of close friends who want to learn to cook and bake more, so I printed out the NY Times recipe, including the adendums, and tucked it inside the lodge oven as a gift to them.

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sewwhatsports

I saw that this is supposed to be preseasoned.  Did you go ahead and season it anyway before you used it for the first time?  I am going to be doing a lot of baking this week in preparation to go see my sisters.  I plan to take at least 2 or 3 loaves of fresh bread to each. And I want to do the no knead as one of the loaves.  So I am hoping I don't have to season it.  Thanks for the info...  and the tip on the item. 

Rena in Delaware

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demegrad

I have a couple cast iron pans including a 5 qt dutch oven, and there is definitely no need to season it before you start to use it.  Eventually you will need to reseason it unless you do a decent amount of cooking with the pan using a good amount of fats.  But it's seasoned and works well the frist time.

Where about in DE are you from?  I'm in Newark in grad school at U of D. 

demegrad

http://www.demegrad.blogspot.com

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sewwhatsports

I live in Dover and travel north several times a week to work at Christiana. Maybe we could meet sometime. I work nights so we could make it early in the morning... or on one of my days off. Let me know if you are interested.

My email is sewwhatsports@yahoo.com

Rena in Delaware

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Jeffrey

Mine is the seven quart, my wife's sister traded me for a small stock pot.  It's been reseasond plenty.  Bread cooks in it very well, but you might want to oil and dust it, especially where it curves upward.

 

As for the spiral handle, use a pot holder when you grab it.  It's not so bad when the pot is over a fire.  When it's inside the grill cover, or oven, it gets pretty hot.

 

jeffrey