Made of recycled train tracks and prison bars, it's cookware with a backstory
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Move over, wooden shoes, tulips, and “coffee shops.” This new cooking pot is the most Dutch thing that exists above sea level.
For one, it’s a Dutch oven. But it’s also made in the Netherlands. Apparently, that’s surprisingly rare these days. Despite what English-speakers call these heavy cooking pots, the Dutch just call them “ovens,” and the ones they buy are made in France and China.
Combekk, the company that makes this unique product, claims it’s the only Dutch manufacturer of Dutch ovens.
And, of course, it makes them in an exceedingly Dutch way: With recycled materials, an artsy backstory, and a video of a heavily bearded chef.
The cast iron used to make the first batch of Combekk ovens started life as railroad tracks, and each “Railways” series oven comes with a stamp that marks its place of origin.
The next round of Combekk ovens goes a step further. The company’s headquarters are located in a closed prison, and Combekk melted down the jail’s unused bars to create its newest cookware. Future product plans also include a line of leather aprons and potholders.
Despite its extensive biography, Combekk’s cookware looks legit. Offered in 4.25- and 6.3-quart sizes, the matte enameled pans also feature a thick base for better heat distribution and a built-in thermometer for precise braising, baking, and roasting.
All Combekk Dutch ovens come with a 40-year warranty on their cast iron parts. They’re also safe for all heat sources—including induction. Combekk is currently available at Williams-Sonoma. Prices range between $260 and $300.