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Specialty Dutch Oven—Le Creuset Doufeu

Can a few cups of ice take the guesswork out of braising?

What We Learned

Le Creuset's oval-shaped Doufeu oven comes with a recessed lid meant to be filled with ice cubes during cooking. The ice creates condensation on the lid's dimpled underside that rains back down onto the food. By efficiently recycling the steam as a basting liquid, you can cook with less water or broth, yielding a stronger-flavored sauce.

Well, that's the theory. Intrigued, we pitte...