I am learning how to make beef/pork stew. Every recipe I see says to use a Dutch oven, that will be placed inside the oven. Couldnt stew be made just as well with a regular stainless steel pot that I simmer on top of the oven range?

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    I feel bad, I am dutch and I have never heard of a Dutch oven before :P Nor, after searching what it is, ever seen one in real life :P . Jun 9, 2014 at 4:59

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It can. There's nothing wrong with braising or stewing with a stainless steel pot. Just know that if you brown your meat before stewing it, it will cook faster in a stainless steel pot than in a cast iron or enameled cast iron pot, because cast iron retains heat well and conducts it evenly. So be careful not to over-brown your meaty bits.

Sometimes, braising on the stovetop is desirable, especially if you want to further reduce your liquid. When we cook in our commercial kitchen, half the time we braise in the oven with our enamel-ware, the other half we do in a stainless steel stockpot on the stove.

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    Assuming you don't have any plastic pieces on your stainless steel cookware, there's no reason why you couldn't place it in the oven, just as the dutch oven.
    – logophobe
    Jun 9, 2014 at 2:33

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