Monday, April 9, 2012

Dutch Oven Tip--Using the Right Size Dutch Oven

One of the problems I had when I started dutch oven cooking was figuring out what size DO to use and I know that a lot of beginner dutch oven cooks have the same problem.  I had a hard time converting from standard pan size to DO size.  Sometimes I'd have my 10 inch dutch oven so full that it would overflow as it cooked and other times I wouldn't have nearly enough food in my larger oven so it would cook too fast and I'd burn it.  since I'm sure I'm not the only one who has ever had this problem I've made this little guide to help you!

8 x 8 baking pan = 8 or 10 inch dutch oven

11 x 7 baking pan = 10 inch dutch oven

9 x 13 baking pan = 12 inch dutch oven

10 x 15 baking pan = 14 inch dutch oven

If you still aren't sure what size to use, go with the bigger pot.  It's easier to keep from burning an under filled pot than it is to clean up an overflowing mess.  Happy cooking!


  1. Very helpful, now if I only had more than one size of DO I could use it ;)

  2. I had the same problem when I first started using Dutch Ovens. After while, I just could eyeball it pretty much and know what size I needed. Going bigger rather than smaller is always a good idea. Visit my website for D.O. information:

  3. I'm new at blogging, but love to cook. I do a lot of outdoor cooking, but dutch oven cooking is something I've only done a few times. I'm excited about learning more and really trying some recipes out. Your newest follower, Steve. Come on over, who knows, maybe you'll follow me too.

  4. Your website is great. I'm glad I came across it. The problem I have now is that I am new to dutch oven cooking, and we only have a 12" DO. I am wondering how to convert recipes made in a different sized DO with ingredients as well as coals used. Any suggestions or books?


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