I have both of these vessels & I really am confused about both. Can a crock pot recipe be made in the Dutch oven & can a Dutch oven recipe be made in a crock pot?
Simply put (perhaps even over simplified) a crock pot is a dutch oven with a temperature control. I can’t think of anything you could cook in a crock pot that couldn’t be cooked in a quality dutch oven. Dutch oven cooking is a bit more challenging on the stove top where the heat source is focused on a small portion of the vessel’s exterior. They’re even more fun (and more challenging) to use on a camp fire. Much easier to use in the oven than stove top or camp fire. If the weight of the dutch oven is a problem for you and you need to make a choice, I’d recommend the crock pot. A good quality crock pot is worth the cost. Learning to cook with either means understanding how liquids react in the vessel you choose, and how to control or contain evaporation.
The difference is in evaporation–you don’t get that in a Crockpot. You have to adjust the liquid which gives you a less flavorful broth/stock/stew. I like the crockpot because I feel better comfortable leaving it cooking. If I’ll be home, I choose the dutch oven.
“… a Crock Pot is a dutch oven with a temperature control.”
I don’t think so. Low-end slow cookers do not have temperature control, as far as I have been able to determine. (I’m not going to take mine apart to find out,) All they have is a switch that selects one of (typically) three power settings (low, high, warm). The temperature stabilizes when it reaches the point where heat loss to the environment balances the power input. “Temperature control” is a misnomer for this type of cooker. The most expensive cookers may have thermostats built in, but it’s hard to get wiring diagrams to prove it. These things are not intended to be repaired.
A dutch oven is a pot used in a conventional oven. All ovens have temperature control, so can be limited to a temperature below what a slow cooker will reach, or can be set much higher.
CI Dutch Oven everyday of the week and twice on Sunday over a Crock Pot for me. ~ Own several “Kitchen” ovens and even more “Camp” ovens. On the stove, in the oven, or over a camp fire…I prefer the CI Dutch oven hands down!! ~~ Used to own 3 Crock pots….Gave all of them to an enemy!
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