I stumbled across the no-knead bread recipe online and really want to try and make it. I only have two large stock pots, one le creuset and one calphalon non-stick, both of which don't belong to me and are expensive so I don't want to risk ruining them.
I like to cook in general and would like to get one that's a good size for general cooking as well as the bread. I usually just cook for my boyfriend and I, and I don't mind having some leftovers, but I'd prefer enough for 2-3 meals afterwards and not have to eat the same thing all week (my boyfriend doesn't eat them usually). We own a 3-quart slow cooker and I definitely do not find it too small- it's just about the right size.
I know the no-knead bread recipe calls for a 6-8 quart dutch oven, but I have seen lots of people say this size produces a flat loaf and if you want a taller loaf to use a smaller pot. I'm debating between this
version and the larger, six
quart version. I am a little worried that the 4.5 quart will be too small to do anything practical in besides the bread, and I don't want to spend that much money on a one-use piece of cookware.
What do you think? Do any of you cook successfully for two with a 4.5 quart or smaller, or have any of you made no-knead bread and liked the results in the 6 quart?