This is a large cooker and will hold up to a 12 pound whole turkey. It cooks great and will hold up To 5 quart jars if you like to can. I does not heat as quickly or seem to get meat as done as my smaller 8 quart so I set timer for a little longer that says.
In desperate need of a slow cooker, my old one was 10 yrs & smaller. This New 7-quart Slow Cooker works like a dream. Easy to program & cooks great. Above expectations. was skeptical at first, buying on line. Would highly recommend for a gift to a friend or house warming. Great Value!
Most Dutch ovens run to larger sizes than this, as family-size dishes and most no-knead bread recipes require a larger pot. However, empty-nesters like my spouse & me need something sized for smaller quantities of food (so we're not eating leftovers all week). This 2-quart size Dutch oven holds just enough casserole or stew ingredients to serve 1 or 2 people. It's a bit heavy (as one would expect for cast iron), but much more manageable in this small size than a larger cast iron pot would be. I think this is pre-seasoned, but it's not enamel-coated, so you will want to grease or oil-spray the inside before each use (including the underside of the lid), to prevent sticking. The lack of an enamel coating also means that it is a bit difficult to see any fond (a/k/a "slightly burnt bits") on the inside bottom of the pot. The wire bail handle is intended for campfire cooking, but works well enough in an ordinary kitchen range oven also. The lid has a built-in loop handle, made of the same cast iron as the rest of the pot, so both pot and lid can handle whatever heat your oven can dish out. And finally, since this is cast iron, there are no funky non-stick coatings to give off any chemical fumes when heated. If you need a pot this small and you're looking for cast iron, this is a pretty decent choice. Recommended!
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