WHEN IT comes to multi-tasking kitchen appliances, a Dutch oven is one versatile piece of kit.
The best Dutch ovens are typically made of cast iron, with a pair of handles and a tight fitting lid, and are known for their ability to retain heat. You'll also find Dutch ovens in ceramic and stainless steel.
Dutch ovens can be used to make a variety of dishes, from soups and stews to braised meats.
They're also handy for one-pot pasta dishes, roast chicken and can be used to bake bread.
Dutch ovens, especially of the enamelled cast-iron variety, can be pricey, with the most coveted Dutch ovens by French brands like Le Creuset and Staud costing over £200.
Of course, Le Creuset's Dutch ovens aren't just prized for their quality and craftsmanship – with the stylish choice of colours and eye-catching enamel finishes, these Dutch ovens are a statement piece for any kitchen or dining table.
You don't need to spend a fortune on a Dutch oven – we've found some great options for under £50, as well as Dutch ovens designed for outdoor cooking.