GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Dutch Oven 12 in.
The GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Dutch Oven 12 in. is a great choice for easy cooking after a long day spent hiking in the outdoors. Made from rust-proof cast aluminum, the heat distribution is excellent, allowing your food to cook evenly and efficiently. The edge lip of the oven stores coal and charcoal for your added convenience. The hard anodized aluminum construction is strong and durable for long-lasting service. Weighing a mere 6 lbs. 2 oz., this oven is lightweight and easy to carry around. It is extremely easy to clean after use. The GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Dutch Oven 12 in. lets you rustle up a quick meal while out in the wild with friends and family.
|10 in. dutch oven:||2 quarts|
|12 in. dutch oven:||5 quarts|
|14 in. dutch oven:||8 quarts|
|Dimensions:||13.40" x 13.00" x 6.60"|
|Includes:||Dutch Oven and Lid|
|Overall dimensions:||13.4 in.x 13.0 in.x 6.6 in.|
|Weight:||10 in. 3 lb 10.6 oz (1.6 kg) 12 in 6 lb 2 oz (2.7 kg) 14 in 8 lb (3.6 kg)|
|GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Dutch Oven - 10 in. at SunnySports||$69.95|
|GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Dutch Oven - 14 in. at SunnySports||$139.95|
This dutch oven is amazing. It's very light, with the 12" only being about 7 pounds. The best part is there's no "seasoning" involved to keep this thing from being nonstick, or to keep it from rusting, like the old cast iron versions. That being said, I coat it with a small amount of oil before cooking, it's nonstick, and it washes extremely easy. This is particularly handy for multi-day trips where you're going to want to use it often. I even use it at home on my gas grill, I love it. I'd like to get the 10" version of this which nests inside the 12", making packing super simple. It may be a little spendy, but this is something that will last a lifetime, and you'll probably be passing it down to your grandkids.
I picked up this dutch oven for a river trip, and it cooked just as well, and at pretty much the same rate, as the cast iron dutch oven we also had, but at a much lighter weight and with easier cleaning. Lasagne, enchiladas, and brownies were delicious, and unlike with a cast iron oven, we could wash it with our soapy dishwater. Because it's hard anodized aluminum, things didn't stick to badly, but we also weren't afraid to use a metal scrubber.
I just bought my fourth GSI hard anodized dutch oven. I have two 12 inch and now I have two 14 inch ovens. They are absolutely wonderful. They are light weight, cook as well as iron, and don't require the care that iron does. They DO NOT impart aluminum into food as the non-anodized cookware does. I cook pies, baby back ribs, stews, prime rib, bread, and really anything you can cook in an oven.
According to the wife - doesn't weigh 100lb, so even she, being somewhat petite and biceps challenged (and does most of the cooking) can haul it around. From my perspective, the brownies were perfect, and it was easy to clean. The lack of a thick coat of oil afterward also makes it easier to justify tossing in the car. Cast iron is definitely cheaper, but way higher maintenance.
This is my first Dutch oven and I was absolutely amazed with this product. While camping I used this oven to steam buns, cook soup, and make a "special" shrimp jambalaya, lol. The oven was used directly under our camp fire and it gets hot quickly. Cleaning this oven wasn't too bad and requires a little detergent when removing the soot from the bottom.