Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Got a New Kitchen Toy- Staub 8 Qt Cocottes
It's just a large dutch oven, what's the hoopla?
I made up my mind well before Christmas 2007, that what I wanted was a large enameled cast iron dutch oven. I couldn't make up my mind between a LC, Staub , Mario Batali, Martha Stewart or other brand. I just had to have one. Yep, just another kitchen gadget. G told me to just go out and get what I wanted. Well it is now March and I finally got my present. It arrived today.
What took me so long? Too many choices and very high price tags. I finally bit the bullet last week over an Amazon special price of $179.00 for an 8 quart grenadine(red) cocette Staub dutch oven regulary priced at $269.99 at stores such as Sur La Table.
I haven't even had the chance to follow the manufacturer guidelines for seasoning this baby. It is suggested that the advantage is the enameled surface which when seasoned simply by coating with vegetable oil over low heat results in a non-stick surface which over time adds to cooking enjoyment.
It is very heavy (duh- cast iron), holds heat well and the dimpled top adds to cooking enjoyment by allowing moisture to recycle in the pot.
Can't wait to try this new toy out.