what is the difference???

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by zouzouni, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. zouzouni

    zouzouni

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    well, plenty of websites for both, but none that compares the two: what is the difference between a dutch and a french oven?

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  2. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, in many parts of the western US, what is a dutch oven is not at all what many chefs call one. See http://www.idos.org.

    Phil
     
  3. chiffonade

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    The "oven" part is easy. It must be thick sided, heavy duty, preferably cast iron or aluminum with a somewhat domed cover. It holds intense heat inside for things like stews and oven-cooked items. It used to be every cooking vessel described this way was referred to as a "Dutch Oven." Then Le Creuset started calling their heavy duty beauties "French" ovens. I'm sure there are other subtle differences.
     
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    although I had done a thorough research (on the web) about both french and dutch ovens before I posted my question here, I had failed to discern something distinctively different between the two. I was familiar with the dutch but not the french and your explanation, that it is mostly an advertising gig, makes absolute sense.

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  5. mezzaluna

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    Just my opinion, but I think it's marketing. I can't believe a French cookware company would call it anything BUT a French oven! :p