I received this as a Christmas gift from hubby this year unexpectedly and I have to admit I love it more than I thought!(TBH I was eyeing a Le Creuset). My last Dutch oven I've had for almost ten years and I was ready for a new one. The enamel is nice with no chips and seems to be a nice smooth even coating. I never heat it above med or slightly above that(for searing). But usually around med/med-low. I have accidentally bumped it on the sink, another pan and such*cringe* but no chips! So I think I got a good one based on negative reviews. I love the shape of it, wider at the top that tapers just a bit towards the bottom. It has the dots on the inside lid for self basting which is also very nice. Mine came with the steel butterfly knob and an extra black plastic knob. Both are oven safe but the butterfly knob can withstand a higher temp. I like it more anyways because it's such a cute touch and the shape makes it very easy to grasp than just a round knob so I don't think I'll be changing it anytime soon. I first made some sweet potatoes in it for Christmas and to my surprise the color of the yams had stained the inside enamel! I was shocked because I had just got it that morning. So I read through the the booklet it came with and it stated to remove any staining simply soak the inside with a mixture of 1TBS household bleach with every pint of water for 2-3 hours. And it worked!!! The inside is like new again...Whew! Next I made beef stew, yum! I've made pot roast , chili, spaghetti and more all with great results and quick clean up. I love this DO and the quality is beyond what I expected. As you can see in my pictures it looks like new again. The red is so pretty, not a bright red but not a dark one either. The color does seem to darken when heated but that doesn't seem to be a problem. Her logo "Pioneer Woman" is made into the lid in pretty cursive and on the bottom it is embossed also in the same design. I love everything about this DO and I'm sure you will too. Wonderful design and quality PW!
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