My past experience with Le Creuset and costco is that it's very regional and very limited stock. It can also vary greatly by stores within a region/market. The last time I saw Le Creuset was two years ago at Seattle Costco, while Tukwila Costco never carried it as far as I can remember... and they are 11 miles apart.
I've got an 8 quart Staub and there's only two of us. When I'm doing a long braise / soup, I'd rather make a larger amount, especially of things that freeze well. That being said, the gf did buy a 5 qt Staub on sale a while back and I still want to add at least a 4 qt braiser and maybe an oval at some point.
I agree. Most things we want to bake in an oven or braise or soups we make in large quantity. Small pans are used for veggies, mac'n cheese, etc, for which we would never bother using a dutch oven. I think the crock pot is the main way you wouldn't need the large dutch ovens, but then if you don't use the dutch oven for crock pot food, i think you are missing out on it's best potential.
i have a lot more trouble finding uses for <5qt dutch ovens than I do with my 5, 7, and 13qt ones
we find this size perfect for cooking a whole chicken in the oven with some potatoes and pots of chili/soups. Also for baking beef roasts in the oven. I actually think the 6 qt. is the best size to get. But perhaps if you use a crock pot instead, you might not need the 6 qt.
This is kind of off topic, but I just got my first Dutch oven and haven't cooked anything with it yet. That baked chicken sounds seriously amazing, and I would be much obliged if you could PM me a recipe or a link. If you don't have it handy/typed, don't worry about it. Thanks either way for opening my eyes to what's possible with a Dutch oven!
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