The Dutch oven size you need will depend on how many people you're cooking for and what you're cooking. One quart per person is a general rule, but different sizes can have benefits depending on the dish you plan to serve and how you want to cook it.
Dutch Oven Sizes
To choose the right Dutch oven size, consider your cooking needs and style. Whether you need to simmer and sauté or bake and roast, you'll find a Dutch oven just right for you.
1 to 2.5 Quarts
The smallest Dutch oven sizes, 1 to 2.5 quarts, are ideal for side dishes, desserts and one- or two-person meals. They will keep your food warm when you serve it on the table, and they make cleanup a breeze. From simmering sauces to baking a fruit crisp, you can use a small Dutch oven for a variety of your cooking needs.
3 to 4.5 Quarts
Dutch oven sizes ranging from 3 to 4.5 quarts are best for small family meals and side dishes for larger gatherings. They can feed up to three or four people for a weeknight meal or one to two people with some leftovers. These Dutch oven sizes fit on the table for easy serving.
5 to 7 Quarts
The most versatile Dutch ovens are 5 to 7 quarts. These Dutch ovens can serve four to six people, making them a great cookware option for weeknight family dinners. They leave plenty of room to cook a variety of dishes for easy one-dish meals and sides, including:
- Meat roasts
9 to 10 Quarts
When you need to make a large amount of food, a 9- or 10-quart Dutch oven is the best option. A large Dutch oven gives you the space to roast your meat and veggies together, bake delicious bread and cook a variety of other large dishes. Whether you are going to a potluck or want plenty of food to feed an eight- or nine-person family, you'll love the size and versatility of these Dutch ovens.
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