Dutch oven combo cooker

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Mr_Punchy

 Anyone out there in sourdough world know where I can purchase myself a Dutch Oven Combo Cooker? I have a Le Creuset but am after one that has a lid that doubles as a skillet. Similar to the one suggested by Chad Robertson in Tartine Bread book. 

Much thanks in anticipation

Mr.P

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davo 2012 July 18

Have a small Le creuset that has a skillet-lid, but not sure where you would buy. Also have a large Le Chasseur but with standard lid. We recently added a cast-iron enamelled casserole shallow dish with big high lid from Aldi  (thought might be useful for slow roasting shoulders etc, but so far only used for other things - and it seems to work fine).They had a range of cast iron/enamelled products for cheap, but pretty sure no skillet-lids. But at the price which was super low, you might find two separate items that cover your dual needs.

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Mr_Punchy 2012 July 18

Thanks Davo,

The purpose of the combo cooker for me is so I can load the cooker into my hot oven when I bake bread and cook the bread inside the cooker.  It's easiest on a combo cooker because the cooker can be used upside down, where the lid becomes the base and the base becomes a domed lid.  It's easier to use than a Le Creuset because it means you can get to the dough to slash it a lot easier.  And also when it comes to take the lid off for the final half hour of baking, the bread isn't sitting "inside" a casserole dish, but rather on top of the dish, so it cooks better.  The Aldi one sounds great, when did you get that?  I hope it wasn't one of their super specials that come and go.  I'll have to go down and check it out.

 

Thanks again. 

MrP

davo 2012 July 18

About 2 weeks ago, at Aldi in Eltham. I'd be staggered if they'd all gone, and assume this is true for other Aldios nearer you. They had a range of different casseroles. The one we had has a base that sounds ideal, not sure if the lid will be quite high enough but you shoul dhave a look. I think they were only around $25.

davo 2012 July 19

ACtually I had a look at the deep pan (with side hjandles like any casserole, not a pan style handle) and lid, and do think it would do a loaf OK...

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