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Excellent Ergonomic Dutch Oven
on November 13, 2009
A small correction maybe, but it is still an important correction. This is not a Lodge "Logic" Dutch Oven as the title suggests, rather it is a Lodge "Pro-Logic" Dutch Oven. This is important because the Pro-Logic line is the newer ergonomic and stylish cookware. I bought this as part of the 4-for-3 program, so I only paid ~$28 for it. My Pro-Logic Dutch Oven is easy to care for and it cooks well for a wide variety of foods. I also own the original Logic design. While my Logic Dutch Oven is great, this Pro-Logic one is slightly better. Specifically, I like the two changes in the Pro-Logic cookware. First, the edge of the Pro-Logic Dutch oven rises up from the bottom at a smoother/rounder angle, so it is easier to stir with a spoon. Second, the handles are made larger, so they are much easier to hold onto. This is especially important when using potholders or oven mitts. The cover is also different. In the Logic version, the lid has drip spikes. In this Pro-Lodge version, the lid has a circular ridge. Both designs are to help evaporated liquid to condense and to effectively drip back to the pot. I have upload some pictures to show these features.
One thing which I do not like about Lodge Dutch Ovens is that they are preseasoned but done so poorly. I wish they either do a good job or simply oil the cookware and let the buyers season the cookware themselves, much like how typical carbon steel woks are sold. In my case, the original seasoned surface had an bubbled area. This indicates the surface underneath has rusted and indeed it was when I inspected it. I had to baked off the original seasoning surface, scrubbed it with a stainless steel brush, oiled it, wiped it clean, scrubbed it with salt and oil, cleaned it again with oil, and then finally applied bacon fat to season it on the stove top and then moved to the oven. The factory seasoned surface is sometime done incorrectly and removing the original surface takes some works. That being said and all, I am giving this Dutch Oven a 5-star rating. It is a solid cookware with good designs, inexpensive and high performance. The seasoning part did not bother me too much because I know how to do it, but I wish Lodge would offer a non-seasoned line of cookware
***Why bare cast iron Dutch oven over Enameled cast iron Dutch Oven***
I used to use enameled cast iron Dutch Ovens, but now I am a bare/regular cast iron Dutch Oven person. Enameled cast iron Dutch Ovens have their advantages, but I believe one of the advantages is overstated, that is: enameled cast iron Dutch Overns are easier to clean. Yes, if I am limited to a soft sponge to clean, then it is easier to clean an enameled cast iron Dutch Oven. However, I can clean a bare cast iron Dutch Oven more aggressively than an enameled one. I can scrub the bare cast iron Dutch Oven with a metal brush or scrap it with stainless steel spatula without permanently damaging it. I do not have that option for an enamleded cast iron Dutch Oven. I have to be extremely careful with the enameled surface. In practice, I find it much easier and faster to clean a bare cast iron Dutch Oven.
*Edit on 08SEP10* I have just noticed that Amazon has changed the main photo and the description for this item. Now it looks like a campfire dutch oven, which is not what I bought.