If you’ve been wondering which of these cookware would be best for your meals, you’ve come to the correct spot since we’ll be discussing cast iron vs ceramic Dutch oven in this post.
To gain a better understanding, you need to be familiar with cast iron cookware, ceramic cookware, and Dutch ovens.
There are two varieties of cast iron: traditional or regular cast iron and enameled cast iron, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This cookware is constructed of cast iron, a soft, heavy metal that is a great material for cooking food.
Ceramic cookware, on the other hand, is metal cookware that has a ceramic coating applied to it. The composition of ceramic cookware varies, but the unifying component is a bonded sol-gel coating.
A Dutch oven is a cooking vessel with a thick wall and a tight-fitting lid. They are often composed of cast iron, but some are also made of cast aluminum or ceramic.
Now that we’ve defined these terms, let’s look at the distinctions between cast iron and ceramic Dutch ovens.
CAST IRON VS CERAMIC DUTCH OVEN
The following are the main differences between a cast iron Dutch oven and a ceramic Dutch oven:
|CAST IRON DUTCH OVEN||CERAMIC DUTCH OVEN|
|It is heavy||It is lighter than a cast-iron Dutch oven|
|The surface can react with acidic foods||Do not react with acidic foods|
|Cleaning and maintenance require attention||Easy to clean and maintain.|
|Cast iron Dutch oven requires regular seasoning||Doesn’t require regular seasoning.|
|The cast-iron Dutch oven is suitable for grill and campfire cooking.||Ceramic Dutch ovens aren’t suitable for campfire cooking.|
|The cast-iron Dutch oven is raw cast iron with no coating.||The ceramic Dutch oven is designed with a ceramic glass coating.|
|Most Premium cast-iron Dutch ovens are made in the USA.||Most Ceramic Dutch oven cookware is made in China.|
Aside from the differences mentioned above, cast iron and ceramic Dutch ovens have some similarities. They are as follows:
- Heat retention and even heating
- Suitable for induction cooktops.
- Suitable for preserving flavors
- Oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
- Perfect for searing, sautéing, baking, broiling, braising, frying, simmering, and roasting.
- You can cook, marinate, refrigerate and serve with the cast iron and ceramic Dutch oven cookware.
ENAMELED CAST IRON
Enameled cast iron is simply raw or traditional cast iron with a smooth porcelain surface bonded to the iron under high temperatures.
One distinguishing feature of enameled cast iron cookware is its resistance to acidic and alkaline foods and its ability to cook, marinate, and refrigerate.
One beautiful feature of enamel is that it can be applied to ceramics, stone, glass, metal, and any other material that can withstand the fusing temperature.
So, why do we need to coat or glaze raw cast iron? Because the glaze fuses with the cast iron, it prevents rusting, allows for a thorough cleaning, and eliminates the need to season your cast iron.
Many people, however, argue that you should still season your enameled cast iron cookware.
Enameled cast iron is ideal for slow cooking because it absorbs flavor and helps reduce iron in the diet by limiting dietary iron leaching into food.
Finally, an example of enameled cast iron cookware is the Lodge enameled Cast iron that has a smooth, porcelain surface bonded to it.
RAW CAST IRON DUTCH OVEN
The Lodge Dutch oven is an excellent example of a raw cast iron Dutch oven. It comes pre-seasoned and ready to use right away.
It has excellent heat resistance and distribution. It is one of the most versatile pieces of cookware you will need for your home and even camping.
It is long-lasting and suitable for slow cooking, searing, sautéing, simmering, baking (bread), broiling, roasting, frying, and grilling.
It is safe to use in the oven, stove, and even the campfire. This Made in America Cast iron Dutch oven is sure to please.
DUTCH OVEN CERAMIC
It is simply a Dutch oven made of ceramic material and a coating, as the name implies. Because the traditional cast iron Dutch oven is heavy, the ceramic material was invented to be light, making it suitable for the elderly or senior citizens.
The Ceramic Dutch oven can be used to prepare stew, chili, fried shrimp, and other recipes, as well as for everyday use.
The coating is what distinguishes the ceramic Dutch oven from the raw cast iron Dutch oven in terms of acidic meals, ease of use, and cleanliness.
Ceramic Dutch oven cookware is less expensive than raw cast iron Dutch oven cookware. They are also dishwasher and hand wash safe and can withstand high temperatures.
To get the most out of your ceramic Dutch oven cookware, we recommend using low and medium heat settings.
When in the oven, the handles may become hot depending on the product, so use an oven mitt to avoid burns.
Heat distribution is excellent, and it can be used on any type of stovetop, including induction.
BEST CERAMIC DUTCH OVEN
The best ceramic Dutch oven is the Vesuvio 8 Quart non-toxic ceramic stock pot/Dutch oven because it doesn’t contain deadly toxins, lead, cadmium, PFOA, and PTFE FREE.
It is designed with an aluminum base that performs quick and even heat. Enjoy this ceramic Dutch oven as it allows you to cook with less oil.
Lightweight and beautiful ceramic Dutch oven made in Italy resists scratches, withstands temperature up to 450 F, is easy to clean, and is oven and dishwasher safe.
Slow cook, and braise your favorite recipes like chicken thighs, or pork shoulder with no hassle. When compared to other popular ceramic brands, this ceramic Dutch oven is outstanding, and highly recommend.
CERAMIC NONSTICK 4.5QT DUTCH OVEN
Another ceramic Dutch oven to consider is the Blue Diamond Ceramic-infused Dutch oven, which is forged with aluminum and thus lighter than a cast iron Dutch oven.
This ceramic Dutch oven, like the Vesuvio Ceramic Dutch Oven, is free of lead, cadmium, PFAS, and PFOA.
The improved coating gives it an advantage over competitors because it provides a more durable nonstick coating than other traditional nonstick brands.
This Ceramic Dutch oven is simple to use and clean. It is not suitable for induction cooktops but can be used on gas, electric, and other types of stovetops.
Finally, the Blue Diamond ceramic Dutch oven has a temperature shock cast glass lid that prevents your meals from losing heat. Oven and broiler safe to 600°F; glass lid safe to 350°F.
CERAMIC DUTCH OVEN FOR BREAD
The Le Tauci 3 quart Dutch oven pot with Lid is an excellent example of a Ceramic Dutch oven that can be used for baking bread.
This high-quality ceramic Dutch oven pot is ideal for baking bread, particularly sourdough.
It is preferred over raw cast iron Dutch oven pots because it is lighter, does not rust, does not scratch, and is suitable for everyday use.
A ceramic Dutch oven is highly recommended for baking bread because it is designed to withstand thermal shock ranging from -4°F to 930 °F.
Furthermore, because it is made of natural materials, this ceramic Dutch oven is free of chemicals, making it the ideal healthy choice of cookware for your family.
You can be confident that your flavor and nutrients will be preserved when using this ceramic bread-making Dutch oven.
Cleaning is a breeze because the non-porous surface does not absorb odors or moisture. Hand and dishwasher safe.
Finally, this ceramic bread-making Dutch oven is stovetop safe and can go from freezer to oven to table.
ENAMELED VS CAST IRON DUTCH OVEN FOR BREAD
In general, baking bread in cast iron yields excellent results because the heat travels to and through the bread.
Because cast iron has the ability to retain energy, your bread will be fresh and well cooked. The density of cast iron ensures that it retains and distributes heat evenly across its surface.
When you pre-heat your cast iron Dutch oven before making bread, you ensure that heat is delivered quickly and consistently.
This consistent, dependable heat transfer is what makes either the enameled or raw cast iron Dutch oven ideal for baking bread.
Most food enthusiasts or professional chefs may prefer one over the other for practical reasons.
ENAMELED CAST IRON VS CAST IRON
The following illustrates the distinction between enameled cast iron and traditional cast iron:
|ENAMELED CAST IRON||TRADITIONAL (RAW) CAST IRON|
|Very easy to clean||Takes time to clean.|
|It has a coating on the surface hence the name enamel cast iron.||It is raw bare cast iron without coating.|
|Doesn’t rust||It is vulnerable to rust.|
|Good for preparing acidic food without fear of iron leaching into your food.||Iron can leach into your food when preparing acidic foods.|
|You can store food overnight without fear of health issues.||It is not advisable to store food overnight in your traditional cast iron.|
|Doesn’t necessarily require seasoning, unlike the raw cast iron.||Requires all-around and deep seasoning to keep it durable.|
CERAMIC VS CAST IRON COOKWARE
First, ceramic cookware is metal bonded with a sol-gel coating, whereas cast iron is an iron alloy containing 2 to 4% carbon, varying amounts of silicon and manganese, and traces of impurities such as sulfur and phosphorus.
Ceramic cookware has greater nonstick durability than raw cast iron cookware but not enameled cast iron cookware.
Ceramic and enameled cast iron cookware is easier to maintain and clean than raw or traditional cast iron.
Ceramic cookware and enameled cast iron don’t require constant seasoning, unlike raw or traditional cast iron.
When compared to raw cast iron cookware, ceramic cookware has less food sticking ability.
Ceramic cookware, unlike raw cast iron, is not prone to rust.
Raw Cast iron cookware is heavier than ceramic.
Although raw or traditional cast iron cookware can leach iron into your food when used to prepare acidic foods, we recommend pure 100% ceramic cookware as healthy alternative cookware.