Hi and Season's Greetings forum members,
I am about to splurge on a Le Crueset cast iron Dutch Oven or Braisier and oh boy am I having trouble deciding on the size and the shape -- oval or round, 4.5 qt or larger or smaller. I cook mostly for just two, but often for 4. I'm thinking I'd like one big enough for a small chicken, but which would also be suitable to cook lamb shanks, etc. The Lamb and White Bean Cassoulet, and the Slow Baked Pork and Apricots recipes are book marked to try first with my Xmas gift to our kitchen -- adjusting the quantities for 2 people.
I guess my fear is if I was to choose too large of a pot the it might be too large of the quanitites in it. How much, or does, the size of the vessel change the way the food cooks?
Any suggestions? What are other readers favourtite shape, the round or the oval -- or the Braisier pan. What size do you all suggest for a family of most often two.
Thanks for posting on the forum and season's greetings to you too!
How exciting - buying a new Le Crueset! A great investment and it will last you a lifetime.
If you mostly cook for 2 or 4, we would recommend an oval or round one that fits a whole chicken in it. As you say, any bigger you might find you don't use it as often as it is too big.
Hope this helps and happy cooking!
Hi, no doubt you will be enjoying your beautiful Wanaka home and gardens.
We live in our motorhome and as I have no oven I bought a 3 litre Bessemer pot which is fantastic. Cooking for 2 - 4 is fine but I imagine if you are using it for entertaining then you will need something larger.
I'm hoping that you will perhaps come up with some ideas for baking in something like this as I would love to be able to make a loaf of bread or cake.
Have a great Christmas