Even casual cooks have probably heard of Le Creuset, which is popular for a reason. “Consider this Dutch oven an investment. If you pay hundreds of dollars for a Dutch oven, you have high expectations for it,” says our tester. “This one matches mine. It’s a bigger waste than the others, but I’m finding out it’s worth the price for its heritage quality and how well it performs. It’s exceptional.” In our test kitchen, the chicken was seared and cooked perfectly according to our jambalaya recipe, and the meat was released easily. The rice cooked very evenly too and the texture was consistent throughout the dish. “That said, the rice seemed a bit overcooked,” adds our tester. “It had a slightly softer bite than you would get with rice cooked al dente.” This Dutch
oven took some damage in our durability test, and the interior of the pot showed signs of impact from a spoon. “Think An
an eggshell that is cracked but still intact. Nothing to interfere with the performance of the pot and no marks on the outside or lid” says our tester. The thick enameled cast iron bottom of the oven takes more than a few minutes to heat up but retains heat really well.