Lodge EC1D43 Enameled 1.5-Quart Dutch Oven Review

Lodge EC1D43 Enameled 1.5-Quart Dutch Oven Review
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Lodge has been manufacturing quality cast iron American products since 1896 so you can be absolutely sure that you are investing in a great piece of cookware that will stand the test of time. They really do create exceptionally crafted products that fuse form and function but which also look beautiful in any amateur home or professional kitchen and their Enameled range of which this EC1D43 is a part is indeed no exception.

With superior heat retention, Lodge quality cast iron products are perfect for braising and sautéing, and their range offers all the style and beauty of the much higher priced popular French brands but at a more cost-effective and value price proposition. Whether you wish to marinade in the refrigerator or sauté on top of the stove, bake in the oven, or take a steaming casserole over to your dining room table to serve directly from your Lodge enamel pot, you honestly can do the lot.

So let’s delve in deeper and take a look at some of the excellent features and benefits of your Lodge EC1D45 Enamel Dutch Oven in our next product review.

Lodge EC1D43 Enameled 1.5-Quart Dutch Oven

Lodge EC1D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 1.5-Quart, Red

This is a small 1.5-quart enamel dish but don’t let that put you off; it’s perfect for cooking all kinds of recipes and is particularly convenient for some smaller households who still want to enjoy a memorable, tasty and delicious home prepared meal but perhaps don’t cook for a large family anymore. It’s superb to look at and comes in a range of beautiful and contemporary colors that will suit all designs and styles of kitchen. We’re focusing on the smallest of their cookware vessels today at just 1.5 quarts, but they have additional complimentary vessels in the same cookware range all the way up to 7.5 quarts.

This really does look the part with its quality stainless steel knob and larger style wide grip handles, perfect for transporting your Lodge directly from the stovetop to your tabletop for serving. It features a cast iron core that provides unparalleled even heat distribution for excellent cooking results every time. There’s also a matching close fitting lid to seal in even more moisture and flavor.

The rim is black matte enamel, and the pot is designed with a porcelain enamel surface which eliminates the need to continually season, which some people can find a bit of an inconvenience. While we have to admit that this product has been made in their Chinese factory and not actually in their American factory, it has been done so to their exacting standards and to rigorous and high specifications.

It’s recommended that you hand rinse your Lodge after use rather than put it into dish waster but due to that no-stick porcelain finish, it cleans up a dream and with minimal effort. If you are looking to broil and braise, sauté and simmer, bake or even roast, this Lodge will do the lot and can withstand internal oven temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s really not a lot that you can’t perfectly prepare in this enamel pot.

What’s included?

You receive the 1.5-quart cast iron enamel coated oven with matching tight-fitting lid in a bold and contemporary red color. The item dimensions are 9.06” x 7” x 4.88”.

Who is this product for?

This is an excellent product for smaller families or a couple who enjoy cooking at home and want to experience the fresh and flavorsome taste of delicious soups and casseroles but don’t have a whole army to feed. It’s small and compact but perfectly does the job of grilling, baking, frying, sautéing, and so much more. It’s also fantastic for anyone who struggles to carry a larger heavy pot or perhaps who doesn’t have a lot of storage space in their kitchen.

The price point is also very attractive, so if you are keen to enjoy the many benefits of Dutch oven cooking but don’t have the money to splash on one of the more expensive ranges, then this smaller sized Lodge Enamel Pot will perfectly do the job.

Overview of the features:

  • Delivers unparalleled heat retention for perfectly cooked foods and even heat distribution
  • Enables you to boil and bake, broil, sauté and fry, grill, simmer or even roast, both in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and also on a stovetop.
  • The perfect multifunctional and multipurpose cookware tool to marinate, refrigerate, cook and then serve, all with just the one vessel which minimizes clean up time.
  • Vibrant enamel surface looks tremendous but also won’t react with ingredients, so all your food will taste delicious as well as be totally nutritious.
  • The porcelain enamel is chip resistant, so this Dutch oven has been manufactured to be durable and dependable as well as versatile.
  • Lodge was founded in 1896, so you are buying into high-quality American cookware with prestige and fine craftsmanship
Lodge EC1D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 1.5-Quart, Red
  • 1.5 qt capacity, Stainless Steel Knob
  • Porcelain surface eliminates the need to season, Rim is black matte enamel
  • Cast Iron core is unparalleled in heat retention and even heating
  • Broil, braise, Saute, Simmer, bake or roast in the oven up to 500° F. Hand washing recommended.
  • Enamel Cast Iron made in China to Lodge specifications. All other Lodge Cast Iron Cookware made in USA

Alternatives

Staying at the more budget friendly end of the market but presenting a much larger capacity pot for those of you interested in perhaps batch cooking or who have more mouths to regularly feed, take a look at the Amazon Basics range. Their Enameled Cast Iron Dutch oven comes in a generously proportioned 6 quarts, available in either a stunning vibrant red design or an equally attractive blue. It’s oven safe to temperatures of 400 degrees Fahrenheit so not as high as the Lodge we just reviewed but still reasonably durable.

Verdict

This is a hard wearing and versatile Dutch oven that although small on size, still delivers on quality, durability, and certainly looks stylish. Finished inside and out with chip-resistant porcelain enamel, it has been manufactured to Lodge’s exceptionally high standards and built to last. You can use this piece of elegant and dependable cookware for roasting and braising, marinating, and also refrigerating, plus it can withstand oven temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s nothing short of a workhorse and perfect for couples or smaller sized families that don’t need to batch process or prepare big portions of food. The red enamel finish with the contrasting black enamel finish gives what is a budget-friendly Dutch oven, very much a prestige look and feel.

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