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Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven

7 quart Dutch Oven Review

Lodge cast iron Dutch ovens are made to exacting specifications honed by years of experience by Lodge Manufacturing. This company has been making cast iron cookware in the United States since the late 1800s. They have created a specific iron mixture to provide even heating, heat retention for food and longevity of the cookware. Cast iron Dutch ovens have been used for centuries to cook favorite meals like stew, soup, braised meats and more.

Dutch ovens were used in Europe during the medieval era, and they were brought to North America with the colonists. They were used by the pioneers when they crossed the United States to settle the West.

Today, these versatile Dutch ovens can be used by home cooks to slow-cook just about anything, indoors or out. This 7 quart Dutch oven is perfect for chili, jambalaya or beef stew. An entire chicken can be roasted in one, along with potatoes and vegetables to make a complete meal.

Alternatively, you could put oil in the Dutch oven and use it to fry some of the best chicken you've ever tasted. You can even use it to bake cakes, corn bread or biscuits. Some people even make pies and cobblers in their Dutch ovens.

More recipe ideas like roasted teriyaki orange chicken and pineapple coconut upside down cake can be found at Lodge Manufacturing's website:

Positive Features

The Lodge cast iron Dutch oven comes pre-seasoned right out of the box, saving time otherwise spent seasoning the pot. The 7 quart size is large enough to make a wide variety of recipes, from fried chicken to a loaf of bread. This Dutch oven is versatile. It can be used as a deep fryer, a skillet, a baking dish and a kettle.

The cast iron browns food to a wonderful golden color and adds flavor to stews, sauces and braises. Cast iron It retains heat for a long time, keeping the food warm during the meal. With proper care, a Lodge cast iron Dutch oven will last for generations.


Cast iron takes extra care to maintain the seasoning to prevent rust. If the seasoning is scratched, the pan will rust quickly and it will need to be completely reseasoned. Cast iron is heavy. It may be too heavy for some people, especially when filled with food.

Some customers do not find the interior finish as smooth as they would like, and the bail handle has been criticized as being a little flimsy.

Product Features

  • The Lodge cast iron Dutch oven has a large 7 quart capacity.
  • The Dutch oven is made of heavy-duty cast iron.
  • The Dutch oven comes pre-seasoned out of the box, ready to use.
  • It has a lifetime warranty.
  • Cast iron offers fast, even heating over low heat, which saves energy.
  • The oven retains heat for a long period of time, keeping your food hot during the entire meal.
  • Cast iron browns food very well, adding flavor to food.
  • Minute amounts of iron leaches into food and is assimilated by the body much better than taking iron supplements. It is a good remedy for anemia.
  • Cast iron Dutch ovens can be used indoors on the stove, in the oven or under the broiler.
  • Cast iron Dutch ovens can be used outdoors on campfires, in barbecues or buried in hot coals.
  • Cast iron Dutch ovens can remain in use for over a hundred years, getting better and better with each use.
  • Lodge cast iron products are made in the United States under strict quality control.


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