Cast Iron Cookware Makes A Great Gift
Dependable Cast Iron Cookware will make your life easier.
There are few pieces of cookware as versatile and dependable as a good cast iron Dutch oven.
Finding the right one can be the beginning of many delicious memories. Good cast iron cookware can last forever. This makes it especially important to choose well.
For starters, there are two types of cast iron cookware available: “regular” and enameled.
Regular cast iron is the traditional black, heavy-duty version that held a place of honor in your grandmother’s kitchen.
Enameled cast iron is coated with several layers of really tough, smooth porcelain. This durable porcelain surface means there is no need to season (or protect the pre-seasoning) on your investment like you do with regular cast iron. For this reason, enameled cast iron provides a definite convenience factor for busy home cooks.
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This coated surface makes cleanup a breeze. It also means that it is not reactive to food, so it is safe for tomato sauces and other acidic dishes that can be problematic for regular cast iron.
Although enameled cast iron is heralded for being dishwasher safe, most manufacturers recommend hand washing.
This cookware is perfect for one-pot meals because it can go from cooktop to oven to dinner table.
Additionally, it always looks great in the process.
Pricey enameled cast iron by Le Creuset has become a status symbol.
This is, in part, due to a gorgeous palette of eye-catching designer colors.
However, the high price tag found on Le Creuset pieces is a big deterrent for a lot of people.
Fortunately, there are more affordable options available that are worth a closer look.
One option that stands out is the Lodge enameled cast iron Dutch oven.
Lodge is a well-known brand that has carved out a distinguished place in the market over the last 100 years.
Lodge offers tough-as-nails products. Additionally, Lodge products are available in several sizes.
You can currently choose from 3.0, 6.0 and 7.5-quart sizes on Amazon.
I recommend the 6.0-quart option. It is plenty big enough to make pots of chili, stew or soups large enough to feed a crowd.
You may find the 3.0-quart version too small for many uses, while the sheer size and weight of the 7.5-quart option can make it difficult to get it in and out of hot ovens safely.
I am also pretty in love with the combination set.
This one includes a 10-inch square grill pan, an 8-inch square panini press, a 6-quart dutch oven with lid, and an 11-inch skillet. If you want this one I suggest to get it at Walmart where it is about $50 less expensive than on Amazon.
Presently, the Lodge 6 Qt. Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven has received more than 4,400 reviews on Amazon, with a combined rating of 4.7 out of 5 possible stars. 91% of those who reviewed it – nearly 4,000 people – feel it deserves a 4 or 5-star rating!
Many reviewers note that the Lodge enameled Dutch oven has a similar look to the much pricier cast iron cookware by Le Creuset.
I would love to know your experience with either of these brands (or any others you may recommend).
Please let me know in the comments below.
Be sure to check out some of these recipes so that you get great use out of your cookware.
Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula
Coconut Chicken Mushroom Soup Recipe
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70 thoughts on “Cast Iron Cookware Makes A Great Gift”
I love the colour of that Lodge cookware. My Le Creuset has served us well for many years now but there’s always an option to buy more?
And that is a wonderful option.
I so agree. Cast iron is the best thing ever to grace my kitchen. Seriously, so useful.
Absolutely worth the money.
I lovee Le Creuset but as you say it is mega expensive so thanks for all these alternate options!
You are very welcome.
Love Le Creuset as these are perfect for my induction hob and i can transfer the dish to the oven. Great write-up on the cookware.
Love my Le Creuset dishes! I always pick mine up at TJMaxx to avoid those high prices!
I love those colors. The blue is my favorite out of them.
It is a very royal color.
I have wanted some Le Crueset for as long as I can remember, however really can’t afford the price tag. Lodge seems like a pretty good option to me especially with those reviews – superb
Everyone that I know who went with Lodge a has been happy.
Thats a beautiful looking cast iron. A great gift idea for my friends who loves cooking.
Fabulous. I hope that they will enjoy.
My boyfriend is obsessed with cast irons! He wants a new cast iron skillet. Thank you for helping me learn more about them!
Wow. How perfect. That is exciting.
They look great! I love the colours of them x
Aren’t they gorgeous?
I love the colourful Cast Iron Cookware. They are eye candies. I’m just concerted about it being too pricey.
Check out the alternative that I presented. They are not bad at all.
This sounds really useful for someone living alone. I am certainly going to give it a try.
It makes life easier.
I love the looks of this cookware, especially how colourful it is, I like the fact that it’s more affordable than some other brands I’ve seen before!
I rather like that too.
I’ve always wanted some Le Creuset, it must make cooking so much easier being able to switch from the hob to oven without changing pans. It’s good to know there are cheaper alternatives as Le Creuset is SO expensive.
Anything that makes life easier is awesome in my book.
I still have a couple of cast iron cookware pieces,mostly I use my skillet to make grilled cheese sandwiches.
They make perfectly crispy sandwiches.
Love, Love, Love Lodge – it is my favorite cast iron. Really like the newer stuff they are coming out with.
What is your favorite?
I love my cast iron stew pots, so versatile and easy to use
What is your favorite stew recipe?
We’re big fans of the Le Creuset ranges and love the colours, nice to see alternatives around that are just as good x
It is great to have choices.
These are beautiful cast iron cookware! I need to add some to my kitchen because they are so long lasting
Add them a piece or two at a time. 🙂
I love Cast Iron cookware so will definitely be checking out Lodge as a more affordable alternative to Le Creuset
I hope that you love it.
I love cast iron! I have a few skillets and one cast iron pot, I love them all. I’ve made a tator tot taco pizza in the skillet, I love that it was all one dish.
That pizza sounds pretty interesting. The hubby loves Tater Tots.
Oh gorgeous, I love the sound of the enameled cast iron and the palette of colours that you have available. I am especially loving the teal colour x
Teal and red are my favorites. It may have to do with my logo….
Oh, we have one like this and we ise it for almosr everything! This was one of the best choises we made!
Fabulous. Thanks for the feedback.
These are pretty with elegant style. This looks like a thing I would spend my money on to, I’m sure this is worth to get. This will also make a good gift for Christmas.
They make a wonderful gift for yourself or others.
I need this! I’ve been looking for something similar.
Never thought about cast iron cookware before this – I need to get shopping quick! 🙂 x
I love many of the pieces. I think you will too.
I have slowly been spending more money on my cookware and it’s amazing how much difference it makes getting good quality x
Yes, I agree. I also think it is good to slow. It is good for the budget and also for choosing.
Thank you for this recommendation! I have been thinking about buying some new cookware, as ours is very old. I will check the Lodge brand out!
I hope that you find something you like.
I have always loved the look of Cast Iron Cookware. It’s just so beautiful. And I’d love to own Le Crueset, but as you said it’s expensive! I love the sound and look of the Lodge products x
Check out Lodge. I think you will be equally as happy.
I’ve used some Le Creuset products before and they’ve been lovely but like you say they are very pricey. I’ll look out for Lodge to try out in the future. Mich x
I have some of both and have been equally happy.
Oh we have one like this and we use it for literally everything! Cast iron is such a great investment for the kitchen!
It took me a long time to jump on the bandwagon but I am 100% there now
I’ve just started using cast iron but I absolutely LOVE it! Now I know what my next piece should be thanks to your recommendations!
You are so very welcome.
Beautiful cast iron, I did not even know that Le Creuset was cast iron. I will take a closer look.
And gorgeous cast iron at that…
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That is Click To Tweet.
I am in love with how elegant these look! At first I was a little skeptical because you mentioned they were heavy, but these look so stylish and if you say they make things easier than I’m in! Going to have to share to see if maybe I can get them as a gift from someone this year <3
They are fairly heavy but I do think they are well worth the extra effort of two hands to pick it up instead of one.