I realize that cooking equipment gets used in our house with greater frequency than in some American households, but it’s hardly America’s Test Kitchen here. There are only two people, and we don’t have guests for dinner every week, as much fun as that might be. We seem to be experiencing a fair share of equipment failure this past two weeks. Is it something in the air? Am I temporarily insane? Maybe I don’t want to know the answer to that.
I have sung the praises of enameled cast iron Dutch ovens here many times. And usually you have the expectation with these expensive tools that they will outlast you. Unfortunately, that has not been the case for a certain Dutch Oven, as pictured.
The black spot is where the enamel has chipped off, and the black cast iron is visible. This happened while we were cooking a curry, and I found a rough spot on the bottom while I was stirring. It was not until I was cleaning out the leftover sauce at the bottom that I discovered the chipping enamel.
My frustration at this occurrence was palpable. The main reason I had purchased this Dutch Oven was due to its metal knob, and lower cost when compared to the gold standard of ovens, Le Creuset. This model had received the blessing of America’s Test Kitchen in previous years, and up until this point, I had been pleased. I must admit, this is the second item I have owned with a celebrity chef’s name on it, which I am a bit embarrassed about. I am generally skeptical of items that are sold by celebrities, and I’ve freely admitted little respect for Todd English after seeing his website and seeing him in the listings on the Home Shopping Network, despite what culinary chops he may have.
This is NOT a product with TE’s name on it, however, and I will not slander the chef/celebrity who’s name IS on it, but I am distressed. Should I replace this with a new version of the same item? Or should I open the wallet and get the gold standard, plus the metal knob?