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I purchased this 5.5-quart Dutch Oven in Majolica Red because someone mentioned in a comment that it matched Straub's Grenadine color. Sure enough, it does seem to; it's quite beautiful. But I want to share what happened when I first used it, and how I solved a problem I was having with cleaning the enamel. The instructions say to wash and dry both the lid and the pot before using; because the lip of the pot and the cover are bare cast iron, they should be coated with oil and put in an oven to 'season' both pieces. I used generic vegetable oil but knew as soon as I removed the pot and lid from the oven I had made a mistake. I must have used too much oil, and some of it had melted down the inside of the pot. I couldn't easily scrub it off. I decided to bake a loaf of no-knead artisan bread in it and hoped doing so would help me scrub the pot. Alas, things just got worse: while the bread baked in a layer of parchment paper, the vegetable oil burned and ran from the top edge down to the bottom of the pot, leaving dark, scorched 'tears'. After the lid and pot cooled, I washed them with a plastic cast iron scraper. The burned oil didn't budge. It's now been several days, and while reading recipes for Dutch ovens I came across a "tip" in one of the recipes: use Bar Keepers Friend to remove stubborn stains. So I did, and it worked (although I had to apply quite a bit of elbow grease!). Here's what I learned: use a high-heat oil, such as grape-seed, and use only a small amount. If you don't have one, purchase a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend (in stock at WalMart) for help removing stubborn stains in the enamel of your cast iron Dutch oven. I was so happy I wanted to share my experience.
ES UNA OLLA DE MUY BUEN TAMAÑO, PARA 4 PERSONAS ES PERFECTA.MUY BONITA, PERO LO MÁS IMPORTANTE ES SU FUNCIONALIDAD. EN ELLA COCINAS MUCHO MAS RÁPIDO. YO LA COMPRÉ PARA HACER PAN Y RESULTÓ MAGNÍFICA. AHORA COCINO DE TODO, Y LO MISMO PUEDE METERSE AL HORNO O ESTUFA DE GAS, INDUCCION O ELÉCTRICA. MUY FÁCIL DE LAVAR. SI ALGO SE PEGA UN POCO LO PONES A REMOJAR UNOS MINUTOS Y LISTO, SIN TALLAR NI RASPAR QUEDA LIMPIA. LA RECOMIENDO AMPLIAMENTE. GRACIAS!
El material de la olla es MUY BUENO, el inconveniente es que pesa. Las medidas que proporcionan, corresponden desde el sujetador al otro, y la altura es con todo y tapa, por lo que puede confundir, ya que se puede creer que es la altura de la olla, y el diámetro de la misma, sólo es cuestión de precisar a qué corresponden las medidas; pensé que era más alto y con mayor capacidad., otra recomendación es con respecto a la envoltura del envío, no estaba totalmente envuelta en plástico con burbujas, sino sólo la mitad en una caja muy justa, por lo que debió golpearse en el tránsito.
We bought the 3.5L and 5.5L Tramontina Dutch ovens in 2017. We have had Le Creuset products in the past and loved them, but wanted to try something different. We treat these things gently -- no metal utensils, no scrubbing with anything but plastic scrubbers, no cooking anything dry that might scorch. And had I written this review soon after we bought the Tramontina vessels, I would have given them good ratings. But now, two years in, the enamel inside the Tramontina 3.5 is worn off, making the pot all but useless, and I assume the 5.5 is not far behind. Along with the ruining of the Dutch ovens, one has to ask: Where has that enamel gone? Into our soups, that's where, and into us. The description here on Amazon touts a "Lifetime Warranty." I tried reaching Tramontina's customer service, and they never replied, didn't even the courtesy to respond. Sorry I can't give the company minus stars.
Update: after writing this review I contacted the company about their lifetime warranty. After fairly reasonable exchange an attempt to remedy the situation with my product they sent me a FedEx label and I returned it to them and they sent me back a brand new one. I now give it a solid 4.2 stars. It Is inexpensive and the customer service was very good.
NOT at all a worthy alternative to Le Cruset. I bout this and a Le Cruset pot at the same time in 2016 and have been using them roughly equally since. Lately I noticed the blue exterior dulling and the actually coming up off onto the paper towel after cleaning. The interior is also impossible to restore. The yellow Le Cruset by comparison is still shiny and the interior remains almost new. Just don’t do it. These should last a lifetime. That’s the point. These are cheap china-made alternatives that don’t last 2 years without degradation.
There are different versions of this oven - the one pictured is the higher end one with smooth sides and squarer handles - the one I and several other reviewers got is the lower price point with a ridge on the side and lid, and oval handles. According to several web site reviews, the inside enamel glazing is the same on all their cookware, but the outside is different on the different lines. More coats of glaze and smoother sleek look. -- The one pictured on Amazon is the higher end one that does list for the $210 -- the one I received was the lower end $80 retail from Wal-M**t . currently $63 at my wally store. Not sure if all sellers are misrepresenting or not - and cannot know if it is intentional.
If I had to do it over, I would go to a brick and mortar store to get the higher end one, to make sure that is what I got, and pay the $150 if that is what I wanted. Otherwise just go to Wally world and save $20 for the lower end. Or better yet buy the Lodge version that does not need seasoning on the rim edges!
As to cooking and performance -- I seasoned the edges and have only used it once, and was not overwhelmed by the performance. Usually my 5 qt stainless dutch oven suits my needs for browning and roasting, but is sometimes too small for large batches. (which is why I wanted a larger dutch oven) I plan to use this for the next big batch of chili instead of my 8 qt stockpot and hope to avoid scorches from not enough stirring. I think it might do a nice job for soups too.
kinda just the right size for me! have to let you know I have used it a few times to boil pasta and today the enamel chipped. Never used anything but rubber or wooden spoons with it, not a scratch but a chip rather large chip at that. Going to let amazon know also.