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Oct 22, 2006 12:39 AM

New Staub--am I about to buy the wrong size?

Here's my plan: instead of one 4 qt. oven, I buy two 2 qt. ovens.
I save $25. Since I cook for just two, I can make 2 completely different dinners, avoiding SAME leftovers for days. (One for freezing.) You should not leave a lot of room in these pots, so even when using just one at a time, dinner is being cooked right. Of course, I can fill both pots with the same thing too, if I want a lot of the same dish. I checked, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, and 2 breasts fit (snugly!) into a 2 quart pot. That should cook down into fall-apart goodness, yes? The small size is easier to handle for washing. They're awfully cute, AND you get to pick 2 colors, not just one! Any reason you can think of not to do this? These are the Staub Cocotte round ovens.
An online place called Metro Kitchen sells these, NO shipping charges. 2 qt. is 70.00, 4 qt. is 165.00

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  1. Yes, you are making a mistake. Buy the 4 qt, which you will find is more versatile and usable than 2 2qt and well worth the extra $25.

    1. I have to agree with Pupster. Two quarts is awfully small, even for a small household. You'll have more use for the big one, trust me. And if you want to cook less food in the larger cocotte, just cover the top of whatever you're braising with a sheet of parchment paper right on the surface.

      I have a large Staub that came with a little one (at Costco in Toronto). I've used the large one many times, and have never used the small one.

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      1. re: FlavoursGal

        I was lucky enough to get a Le Creuset set at Costco in Toronto 2 years ago. A 9qt and 2qt for $175! Even though I only cook for my wife and I, the 9qt is what I usually use. It is great for making braises, sauces, soups, and stews in quantity. You can then freeze quick and healthy meals to be used throughout the week.

        The only time I use the 2qt is for heating up my soups or warming up butter chicken sauce with already roasted chicken. It's just not that versatile.

      2. I cook for two the vast majority of the time. I find even a 4 qt pot on the small side. Most of what I cook in my cast iron pots keep well so I make these meals in quantity and freeze for later dining.

        1. hmmm--now I wonder what the 2 qt. ovens are made for--? Desserts? Cooking for one?

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          1. re: blue room

            I agree with all the above posts. I am single, often cook for 2 to 4, and I have a 2qt that I never use. If you are going to freeze leftovers, why freeze just one portion. Unless you have a freeze space problem, make bigger batches and freeze individiual portions. They usually keep for months.

            1. re: blue room

              I use my 2 qt LeCrueset tomato for cooking rice. It's perfect, especially for brown or wild rice!

            2. I think you should get a 5 quart. It is the perfect size. Sometimes the 4 just is too small - like if you want to do food for freezing - sauces, soups, stews. And freezing makes life so much easier. You will drive yourself crazy (it will take forever)trying to brown that whole chix in a 2 quart (which you mentioned) or else you will crowd the pot and the meat will lose all its moisture and steam to an unpleasant toughness unless you cook it all day to soften it back up. It's always better to have a pot that is too big rather than too small. I have a 2 quart and I never use it. My other one is a 7 quart - and I should mention - Le Creuset is better than Straub, although more expensive. Le Creuset's bottom corners are very rounded and Straub's are a sharp, almost 90 degrees - it is impossible to get a whisk or spoon into them when stirring and thick foods, like a bean soup or chili, will easily build up there and conceivably overcook.