Ideal dutch oven size?

oddwine

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Hello, im in between le creuset oval 6 qt and 9qt, and which too buy. I cook for up to 5 people. But i do like experiment and cook variety of different stuff. Would a 9qt be way too big? What sort of cooking do you do, and what have you found out too work?
 

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6 quart round is probably the most used for home cooks generally.
 

oddwine

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the oval is a little more practical in terms of fitting a roast for instance. so its a little bigger sort of
 

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Yeah, I've seen fowl braised that way too.

If you have enough use cases for oval then go for it. You'll have cool ends on the stove top most likely. I went oval with a clad gratin pan. Handles chicken roasting and whole fish on the stove top admirably.
 
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Depends on your preference. For example, I like to go big because dutch oven cooking usually takes a long time to complete, so I want to be able to eat the result more than once. On the other hand, someone like my mom doesn't seem to mind finishing all the food she took 4 hours to cook in one sitting.
 
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Depends on your preference. For example, I like to go big because dutch oven cooking usually takes a long time to complete, so I want to be able to eat the result more than once. On the other hand, someone like my mom doesn't seem to mind finishing all the food she took 4 hours to cook in one sitting.

The mental pix of a small casserole dish in a standard home oven drives me nuts.
A familiy member has done that her entire life ( yeah looking at you Stevie) and it triggers me to go thru the house turning out lights lol.

mimi
 

oddwine

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Thats my main concern, if the 9qt would be ridicoulous big. Could it be too big, like if i were to maintain some liquid level?
 
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It's not that big, although it could be heavy for some. You can usually go down to half the capacity without any problem, so that would be like using a 4.5 qt one; if you cook at least that much, you shouldn't have to worry.
 
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