The Milo dutch oven from Kana is an affordable enameled cast iron dutch oven that offers the same features as the expensive cast iron dutch ovens, for a fraction of the cost.
The manufacturers of the Milo enameled cast iron dutch oven had a vision. They wanted to create a high end, yet affordable cast iron dutch oven for less than the cost of high end products selling for up to $300.
Kayden Horwitz, co-founder of Milo Cookware contacted me. He offered me a 5 qt Milo dutch oven to use, test and write a product review.
The founders studied the manufacturing and distribution processes of the expensive guys like Le Creuset and Staub cast iron. They partnered with their factory, to eliminate unnecessary or non-value add manufacturing and distribution processes. This has allowed Kana to reduced the price of the by 70%!
We keep a kosher home and we use our existing cast iron cookware for meat dishes. I was ecstatic to have a cast iron dutch oven to use for dairy and non-meat dishes.
Why spend $250 – $400 for expensive cast iron cookware, like Le Creuset or Staub? The makers of Milo Dutch Oven studied the other high end cast iron cookware manufacturers, and figured out how to offer the same quality product at a fraction of the price.
The makers of the Milo cast iron Dutch Oven have a new vision for making and selling premium enameled cast iron cookware at an affordable price. Their goal is to make a premium $400 enameled cast iron dutch oven, like Le Creuset or Staub, and sell it for around the same price of budget cast iron cookware such as Lodge Cast iron or Tramontina.
This has allowed Milo Cookware to keep the quality and construction in line with the premium brands, yet keep the price affordable for almost any budget.
The Milo enameled Dutch Oven is made to the same exacting standards as expensive cast iron cookware sets. They use high quality pig iron, so the Milo enameled cast iron dutch oven heats up quickly, evenly and retains heat for several hours. This ensures your food cooks evenly and quickly with no cold spots. Two layers of enamel coating are applied, to prevent chips, cracks and stains.
They inspect every piece to make sure it meets their exacting standards for quality and construction.
Milo Cookware wants to put all that money you save back in your pocket.
The Milo Enameled Dutch Oven is designed with large ergonomic handles that naturally fit the shape of your hands.
This allows you to carry the dutch oven from the stove to your table, without injury the fear of dropping it.
Enameled Cast iron cookware can get very hot on the stove top or in the oven, which can make it too hot to touch with your bare hands.
Using a towel or rags can sometimes make it difficult to handle your dutch oven. I discovered kevlar grilling gloves, which are heat resistant to 500 degrees F.
Now I can grab the hot handles with ease, right on the stove top or in the oven. I don’t worry about a single burn, whether the Milo dutch oven is on the stove top or in oven.
The nubs or spikes help moisture collect during braising that drips onto the food. The theory is you don’t have to continually baste the food as it cooks.
Milo states self basting occurs naturally as moisture rises and collects on the inside of the lids, with or without nubs.
Milo Cookware’s philosophy is to streamline the cooking process with as few distractions as possible. In their opinion nubs are a useless and expensive added cost. Milo eliminated them.
To test the Milo Cast Iron dutch oven to see how well it worked, I made my favorite cauliflower fried rice.
With the skillet I normally use, I always end up with rice all over the stove top, as it spills on to the stove while stirring it.
With the Milo enameled dutch oven, the pan heated evenly, and not a grain of rice ended up on the stove top.
I began by sweating onions and carrots for about five minutes.
Next, add riced cauliflower. You can often find riced cauliflower in a grocery store freezer section. I prefer to rice cauliflower in my Ninja blender, but either works well.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum and spray with baking spray. Spread rice evenly on baking sheet, and cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Lastly, scramble three eggs and add to the pot.
Break up the egg into small pieces and stir well to combine all ingredients.
Finally, add 1/3 cup of soy sauce or liquid aminos and stir well. Kids love it!
I found the from Milo Cast Iron Cookware cleans up easily. Most of the food will come off with just warm water and a soft sponge.
If you have food that is not coming off easily, just use some baking soda. Wait a few minutes and clean with a soft sponge. It will look brand new!
High heat is ok, so brown and bake on. The Milo Dutch Oven is oven safe to 500º F. Many other brands are oven safe to 400 º F.
After inspecting and using the Milo cast iron dutch oven, here are the drawbacks I noticed.
Milo Cookware offers a lifetime warranty for their products. Most products come with a 12 month warranty.
With Milo Cookware, if your product ever becomes unusable due to normal use, they’ll replace it for free.
Milo will replace any item found to be defective in material or craftsmanship due to normal use.
You can purchase a White 5 Qt or a Black 3 Qt Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven at Amazon.com.