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VegiChik
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Sharon L
Gaylord MI
USA
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Posted - Oct 24 2020 :  10:52:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am in the market for a cast iron Dutch Oven. Mainly to be used for baking artisan bread. Some are just cast iron & others are enamelware coated. Just curious about what most of you use for this purpose. Best size, enamelware or just seasoned cast iron, favorite brands etc.

YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Oct 24 2020 :  12:18:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sharon I have 3 Lodge enamelware cast-iron Dutch ovens but since I'm not a baker I can't help you with one mainly for baking.

Sara - FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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VegiChik
Farmgirl in Training

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Sharon L
Gaylord MI
USA
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Posted - Oct 24 2020 :  5:45:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just curious: have you had problems with enamel chipping? That is one of my main concerns.
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Oct 24 2020 :  6:05:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My 5 qt is over 5 years old; 3 qt 4 years; 1 1/2 qt going on 2 years and I use them all the time - so far no chipping but some staining.

Sara - FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

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VegiChik
Farmgirl in Training

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Sharon L
Gaylord MI
USA
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Posted - Oct 25 2020 :  03:11:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for that info!
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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Oct 25 2020 :  03:34:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have 2 cast iron. Just plain love them. They must be at least 10 inch, if not 12. I have made bread in them and they were great.

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VegiChik
Farmgirl in Training

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Sharon L
Gaylord MI
USA
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Posted - Oct 25 2020 :  04:03:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good to know all of this info! Now I can begin to research availability & pricing, knowing that both plain cast iron as well as enamelware do a good job!
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JeanP
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Jean
Deary ID
USA
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Posted - Oct 25 2020 :  11:11:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have both kinds and love them both. I use the Cruet enameled one most of the time for Artisan breadmaking. Re staining -- try a little soak with 1/10 solution of Clorox and water to brighten up the enamel.
jean

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VegiChik
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Sharon L
Gaylord MI
USA
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Posted - Nov 26 2020 :  4:04:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After reading all of your suggestions - Thanks to all! - I decided on a plain 5 qt Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Have made one loaf of bread thus far: superb! Based on its heftiness, it will probably outlast me ;) & in the meantime I can use it to build up my biceps every time I bake a loaf of bread :)!
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