Calphalon Premier Dutch Oven Review
Could a Dutch oven be one of the most versatile utensils in your kitchen? With over 300 years’ worth of continual development and refinement, a modern-day Dutch oven could quite possibly fit the bill and let’s face it, it was your Grandma’s favorite to cook with. Think of those succulent pot roasts, those mouth-watering stews, the slow roast pulled pork and beans you had as a child. Some of the most amazing things you’ve probably ever eaten have come from a Dutch Oven, so let’s review a serious contender for your own kitchen.
Dutch ovens are not the easiest piece of kitchen equipment to use or to store. Generally made from cast iron and weighing around 15 pounds, they can be challenging to move from stove to oven or to find a place to store. Some of you may end up sacrificing a bunch of other pans just to fit your trusty Dutch oven in the cabinet because you are dreaming of those slow-cooked wonders grandma, used to make for you as a kid.
The simple fact is, a good-quality Dutch oven like the Calphalon Premier Dutch Oven, really should be a staple of anybody’s kitchen as it’s so versatile. With the ability to fry, bake, broil, sauté, and slow cook, it has a multitude of applications and delivers some fantastic food. How many other pans can you leave in the fridge overnight to marinade – then pop straight in the oven for 12 hours to cook that succulent, tasty pot roast or chicken … and then finally take proudly over to the centerpiece of a table ready to serve your guests?
Of course, for those cast iron-style cocotte’s with their fancy French-sounding names, you can spend hundreds of dollars. However, there are many alternative products on the market today made of new and innovative materials but which have prices to suit all budgets.
Calphalon 8.5-quart Dutch Oven
Calphalon is an American standard, starting life in 1963 as commercial aluminum cookware. They’ve been a culinary expert since the very beginning and in 1968, was the first company to adopt a new technology developed by the aerospace industry called hard anodizing. An electromechanical process applied to aluminum made it more robust and more durable, but still allowed it to retain its lightweight property.
Calphalon developed its first line of professional cookware for the industry back in 1976. They were the first company to offer hard anodized cookware to the retail masses giving consumers superior cooking performance with lightweight, durable pans. This kind of pan had previously only been available in professional kitchens. With developments over the years in general, pan technology and non-stick cooking surfaces being introduced, Calphalon has become a well-known, high-quality household brand.
The Calphalon premier space-saving Dutch 0ven is the pinnacle of years of development not only in the materials used for its construction but also in its design aesthetics and usability. One of the unique features of the Calphalon Premier 8.5-quart Dutch Oven is that it is designed to stack or nest inside the extended range pans. You can do this in any order which allows for a 30% reduction in space within your kitchen cupboard. Think of it as space-saving cookware. Pretty ingenious and totally practical too.
Who is this product for?
The Calphalon Premier series oozes quality with a price tag that’s is mid-range. If you’re the kind of person who thinks a quality set of pots and pans is an investment rather than an expense, then you’ll undoubtedly appreciate this range. The 8.5-quart capacity means this pan will be suitable for an average or large family or anybody wishing to entertain. It also provides a perfect solution for those who like to bulk cook stews and casseroles to freeze for a later date.
Included in this set is a two-piece configuration consisting of the 8.5-quart quality hard anodized Dutch oven with a corresponding tempered glass lid that can be used to fit any of the 12-inch Premier Range of pans.
- Stacks smaller, saves 30% more space
- Stacks and nests in any order
- Durable construction: hard anodized aluminum and metal utensil safe nonstick
- Flat tempered glass covers save space
- Stainless steel handles stay cool while cooking
Overview of Features
Hard anodized aluminum
As you would expect, this range is constructed from a super high-quality hard anodized aluminum which has excellent heat absorption and distribution across it’s cooking surface. The interior cooking surface is lined with Calphalon’s proprietary 3-ply non-stick coating which is even safe for use with metal utensils. Better still, this Dutch oven can be used on electric halogen or gas hobs and is perfectly safe for oven use up to 450° F. It also features a tempered glass snug-fitting lid for perfect cooking and is dishwasher safe.
Stainless steel handles
As well as being high-quality and uniquely designed for nesting, the Calphalon Premier Range looks impressive with stainless-steel handles that have been ergonomically designed for your comfort. All that and it makes a fabulous statement as a kitchen centerpiece.
The beauty of this set is in their stackable nature that can really save you precious space in the kitchen.
We love the fact that this range is dishwasher safe meaning you can spend less time cleaning and more time cooking and entertaining.
Versatile stovetop use
The entire range has been uniquely designed to be used with all types of stovetop surfaces. making it a truly exceptional series of pans.
Thanks to its 3-layer nonstick interior, the Calphalon allows you to easily release foods and is sturdy enough to withstand the use of other heavy kitchen utensils like spatulas and whisks.
If you are still looking to invest in Calphalon cookware and need a large pan but with a more budget-friendly price, we recommend that you take a look instead at the stainless steel version with its matching lid. The stainless steel finish is very sophisticated and will look fantastic in a contemporary kitchen as well as delivering excellent culinary results.
A super stylish and elegant Dutch oven constructed of high-quality, high-performance materials. Designed to stack and nest with any of the other Premier Plan range, this really is an inventive and useful design feature. Given that Calphalon invented hard anodized cookware pans you can be sure that this is of the highest quality.
The tri-ply non-stick coating is scratch-resistant which is an added bonus. Sitting midway in the price bracket, it indeed represents a worthwhile investment for your kitchen that will last a lifetime, especially with that generous lifetime warranty.