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OK, but I know why Le Creuset is more
on June 28, 2009
This pot/dutch oven cooks really well. My wife and I have made meats, chicken, chicken soup, vegatable soups, etc. We have used it on top of the flame or in the oven. Clean-up is not too bad either.
As two others have said, this pot's enamel chips very easily. So it will look terrible after time. If you are not bringing it to the table when company is over, who cares. But if you are, it's kind of cheezy looking.
So if you don't want to pony up the cash for the Le Creuset pots, I have heard and read the Mario Batali ones are very good. Amazon carries them too. Supposedly they are half the price of the Le Creusets. Obviously if you can afford the Le Creusets, go with them.
Here's another good idea: If you don't need enameled cast iron, buy the Lodge preseasoned cookware. I love my skillet and grill/griddle combo. Lodge makes preseasoned dutch ovens. I think you'll pay about $40 at Target for a 5 quart model with lid.
Update 12/2009... Amazon lowwered the price on the 5 quart Lodge Dutch oven. I could have sworn I saw it for $26.