A 5 quart Dutch oven is a great addition to any kitchen.
The size is perfect for all kind of cooking. A cast iron 5 qt can bring you back to basics and we all know that they retain the heat really good and heat our food even. They can last more than a life time when taken care of. The pre-seasoned ones are ready to use.
You can basically not go wrong with the purchase of a 5 qt Dutch oven. With names like Lodge and Cuisinart in the top of our list you know that you buy quality.
Quick links to info on this page
- 1 Read all the reviews of the 5 quart Dutch ovens
- 2 Review of the Lodge pre-seasoned 5 QT Dutch oven L8DOL3
- 3 Review of the Cuisinart Contour Hard Anodized 5 QT dutch oven
- 4 Review of the Lodge L8DD3 Dutch Oven and Casserole
- 5 Review of the Lodge color EC4D43 Cast Iron Dutch oven
- 6 Review of the Lodge L8DO3 Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven, 5-Quart
- 7 Review of the Calphalon Simply Nonstick 5 Qt Chili pot
Read all the reviews of the 5 quart Dutch ovens
Review of the Lodge pre-seasoned 5 QT Dutch oven L8DOL3
Amazon Rating: 4.6
This cast iron Dutch oven from Lodge comes with the well appreciated self basting lid and is pre-seasoned and therefore ready to use.
Measures about 10 1/4 inch in diameter and 4 inches deep.
Perfect for on a stove or in the oven. Some complaints about the pre-seasoning no to be to good and had te be done over.
Customer Reviews of the Lodge 5 QT Dutch oven
“I purchased the Lodge Logic 5 quart Dutch oven along with the 12” skillet and lid, and have found cast iron cooking to be a revelation. These pots and pans are naturally no stick, heat evenly, and cook beautifully every time. With a minimal amount of care they will last a lifetime and beyond. I am a student of traditional regional American cooking, and was always frustrated when rice dishes such as Louisiana Jambalaya and Low Country Pilau didn’t turn out as well as expected. The rice often burned on the bottom and was too crunchy on top. Not anymore. With cast iron, you can produce authentic and delicious results every time, due to the even conduction of heat in these pots. They are also fantastic for frying, and work great for slow cooked stews and roasts. They are highly versatile: You can use them on top of the stove or in the oven. These pots have taken over our kitchen: we now use them for most of our cooking needs. I have come to the conclusion that cast iron is the best kept secret in cooking. Why other, often more expensive and less effective kinds of pots have replaced this traditional American cookware is beyond me. …(read more here: Lodge 5 QT Dutch oven review)”
“First off I enjoy quality kitchen tools. I never minded paying for a quality tool. But when you get prenium quality at a rock bottom price, well it just doesn’t get any better than that. Also any of the cast iron products from Lodge will easily last a lifetime or two, with minimal care. I previously owned a 7 quart duch oven and loved it. But my daughter finally has moved out, and it’s just the wife and I at home now, so I downsized to a 5 quart dutch oven. I was happy to see Lodge offer a dutch oven with side handles instead of a wire bail, because we do most of our cooking at home in our oven, not at a campfire….(read more here: Lodge 5 QT l8dol3 Dutch oven review)”
Review of the Cuisinart Contour Hard Anodized 5 QT dutch oven
Amazon Rating: 4.5
This hard anodized Cuisinart Dutch oven is made from aluminum and heats up fast but keeps the heat evenly spread over the whole surface.
The glass cover makes it easy to look in the pan without lifting the lid.
Can be used on stove, in the oven and can handle temperatures up to 500 degrees. Can even be used in the freezer to store food.
Customer Reviews of the Cuisinart 5 QT Aluminum Dutch Oven
“When I bought my set of Cuisinart cookware a last year, this pot was included along with an 8 quart stock pot. I though “what on earth will I do with two large pots.” Silly me. I use this pot for everything. It’s such a perfect size and cleans up so beautifully, I bought another one! They are now my ‘go-to’ cookware for soups, pasta, corn on the cob, you name it. Love this cookware. I only wish it were dishwasher safe. …(read more here: Cuisinart 6554-22 5 quart Dutch Oven Review)”
“This was a recent purchase and I’ve only used it a few times, but there are several features about it that I like. It seems that the cooking area does conduct heat evenly as the product description states. The glass top is nice to be able to check the contents without lifting the cover. The pot is very light which is great when cooking a large meal or boiling water for pasta. The handles really do stay cool which makes handling the pot very easy. Am looking forward to using it in the oven as this is the one feature of the pot I have not yet used. I also really like the shape of the pot as well. The slight curve gives it a very classy look. Happy with this purchase. …(read more here: Cuisinart 5 qt Dutch Oven Review)”
Review of the Lodge L8DD3 Dutch Oven and Casserole
Amazon Rating: 4.7
This Lodge double Dutch oven and casserole features 5 quarts and comes pre-seasoned.
The 1.5 inch deep lid can be used as a skillet and everything is oven safe.
Measures about 10.25 by 13 by 5.5 inches and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Customer Reviews of the Lodge L8DD3 Double Dutch oven
“I have been cooking with Lodge cast iron for about 7 years and own 8 pieces from their inventory. The Double Dutch Oven is my favorite Lodge cookware due to its versatility.
When using a dutch oven, I usually sear the meat first to add flavor. Usually, this requires searing the meat in several batches. The best part about the Double Dutch is that you can sear the meat in the big pot and in the lid simultaneously, thus reducing the time needed to brown the meat by half. Since the lid is then used for the braising step (after deglazing), you’re not increasing the number of items to be cleaned later.
I like the lid so much that I often use it by itself for pan frying. Due to the smallish size (about 10 inches in diameter) and the inherent properties of cast iron, the lid can get incredibly hot if you want it to. Perfect for cooking a steak (it puts on a better crust vs my 12″ Lodge skillet). I’ve even used it as a pie pan in a pinch.n…(read more here: Lodge L8DD3 Dutch Oven Review)”
“This is my new favorite pot. It makes my food taste incredible. I prefer to season myself so I washed w/soap and scrubbed and then did the Lodge recommended seasoning instructions. Mine is not as good as mom’s/grandma’s yet but the food is still incredible and gets better with every use. I use a trivet in the bottom so that I can add a little moisture to meats without having it all sit in the drippings.
My meatloaf is awesome. Chicken is great! I’m trying some pork dishes next…(read more here: Lodge L8DD3 Dutch Oven Review)”
Review of the Lodge color EC4D43 Cast Iron Dutch oven
Amazon Rating: 4.5
This Lodge Color EC4D43 Enameled Cast Iron Ducht oven comes in 2 colors
- Island spice red
- Caribbean Blue
Lodge Dutch oven comes enameled inside and outside and with a stainless steel knob.
Can be used on basically all heat sources including ceramic and in the oven.
But recommended not to use on outdoor campfires or grills.
Can be cleaned in dishwasher but hand washed is recommended.
Measures 10 ” in diameter and is 4″ deep.
Customer Reviews of the Lodge Color EC4D33 Cast Iron Dutch oven
“I was skeptical about buying this because my other two cast iron pots are Le Creuset and Staub, and honestly, there is a certain snobbery with owning such pricey pots – I had to overcome my bias. I needed this middle size, and ALMOST bought a Staub, but then decided to go with this one just to see what I thought. I bought the red one. As soon as it came I washed it and braised a whole chicken in rosemary, pears, and leeks.
There is absolutely NO difference in the performance of this pan. In fact, it comes with the metal knob (I had to buy one for my Le Creuset) It’s fantastic! Super heavy, white interior, no chips, no flaws in the enamel, and the lid fits perfectly. The sides of the pot slope slightly towards the bottom (unlike the other two pots, which have straight sides) which I find I prefer….(read more here: Lodge Color 5 Quart Dutch oven review)”
“Thinking about LeCruset and other premium enameled cast iron lines?
Give Lodge a try first.
My Lodge has been in use several months. It has been soup pot, fryer and casserole baker, so far.
Minor discoloration has been easy to clean from the inside.
Pot heats evenly and holds heat well. I’m able to use lower heat setting than for thinner pots and pans.
Less burning, simple cleaning, no seasoning and seasoning care needed.
It is heavy. I personally would not go larger than 4.5 quart….(read more here: Lodge 5 QT color Dutch oven review)”
Review of the Lodge L8DO3 Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven, 5-Quart
Amazon Rating: 4.8
5 Quart pre-seasoned cast iron. Lodge stands for quality and this Dutch oven is no exception. The lid fits snug to keep the moist and juices insidea and the easy and nice looking handle stays cool enough to pick up the whole pan,
Measures 10.25 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.model 17L8DO3.
With a rating of 4.8 you can not go wrong with this lodge Dutch oven in my opinion.
Customer Reviews of the Lodge 5 quart L8Do3
“This was one of the first pieces of Lodge cast iron that I ordered. I had to admit that the price was the first thing that lured me in, but with that also came the questioning of quality. I was expecting a lightweight dutch oven, but being that I didn’t have one, I figured I’d give it a try. The weight of the box it arrived in was the first clue to its quality. The entire piece has a nice weight to it, and the handle is sturdy and comfortable to the hand. I couldn’t wait to break mine out of the box and make a pot of chili. The dutch oven browns beef beautifully, yet keeps it moist since it has an even heating surface. Once I added the other ingredients I was amazed at how nothing seemed to stick to the pot. Of course the chili was out of this world, but cleaning up was what I expected to be the payment for such good taste. I couldn’t have been further from the truth as it was a breeze to clean up….(read more here: lodge logic 5 quart cast-iron dutch oven Review)”
“If I were stranded on a desert island with only one cooking utensil allowed, it would be a very hard choice between my Wusthof chefs’ knife and the Lodge Dutch oven. I cannot begin to describe the versatility of this pot without sounding like an ad. Suffice it to say that it never leaves my stove top, except when I put it in the oven. Browning, braising, stewing…whatever, this is my weapon of choice more often than not (and I have a decent selection of pots and pans). Add to that the fact that abusing it on campfires only makes it better and what is left to say? As far as I’m concerned, a cast iron Dutch oven is the most utterly useful kitchen pot ever …(read more here: lodge logic 5 quart dutch oven Review)”
Review of the Calphalon Simply Nonstick 5 Qt Chili pot
Amazon Rating: 4.3
Not sure if we can call this a real Dutch oven but it had a very high rating in that category and was in the top 5.
Hard anodized aluminum and a double coated with the Calphalon coating on the inside might help with these high ratings.
Customer Reviews of the Simply Calphalon 5 QT
“I think Calphalon has missed a bet in attaching the label “chili” to this versatile pot, because it suggests that its best use is limited to making chili. But mine is well-loved and used almost daily for cooking virtually everything — chili, yes, but also soup, sauteed fresh veggies, simmer-all-day pasta sauce, pot roast, ETC. I also use it when I need a high-sided skillet. The heating is very even, making it a lovely choice for carmelizing onions and other vegetables, as well as meat. I love this pot so much that I have given a number of them as gifts….(read more here: Calphalon 5QT Review)”
“My wife cooks everything at 4,000 degrees, so we needed something that could hold up to her cooking. We tried to buy similar to the space shuttle but this is the second best. I’m sure she can eventually destroy this, but she will have to work at it. Good product and we received it fast and as promised. We have used it for 3 weeks now and it has still held it’s shape. Very unusual and we are very pleased….(read more here: Calphalon Nonstick 5 quart Review)”
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