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Got a Staub enamel cast iron wok--what to do with it?

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Received this Staub cast iron wok as a very generous gift (but no gift receipt!). Frankly, we don't use a wok for our cooking to begin with and the enamel cast iron is SO heavy. I tried to sell it on Craigslist (as the thing weighs a TON so I didn't think eBay made sense) but only got lowball offers at less than 25% of the value. Should I try to figure out how to use this thing? Anyone have one and love it? Anyone willing to buy it off me for a reasonable price? :)

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  1. When I saw this title, I thought sheesh that mother must weigh a ton. No suggestions re cooking with it. But even without a gift receipt I find most stores will at least give a store credit. Have you tried that? Good luck. I'm betting the giver isn't a cook :)

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    1. re: c oliver

      I don't see it at WS or Macy's, so I'm guessing it was purchased at a more obscure store. Thanks for the tip though!

    2. smiles33, although I think that we have never seen a true enameled cast iron wok, one of our enameled cast iron pieces has a very close to wok shape. It is our preferred pot for making tempura, even more so than our Iwachu "tempura pot."

      If you have never made tempura at home, it is easy to experiment with that use -- be sure to use peanut oil as your oil, use ice cubes in your tempura batter, and do not be afraid to make tempura from parsley or thinly sliced sweet potato, which many Americans for some reason never think of subjecting to the tempura treatment -- and you may find a new regular dish to work into your entree rotation. (The peanut oil can be used many times, BTW: you need to find a receptacle with a filter on top and a cover to keep the oil from going rancid from exposure to room air; purpose-made receptacles are available and cheap at Asian grocery stores, if you have access to one.)

      1. Very generous because that thing costs a lot. Unfortunately, the whole enamled cast iron thing just does not match well with a wok. Try to use it as anything but a wok.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          The Staub wok is a great piece. Read the reviews on it at Amazon.com. Just look at some stir fry recipes, find a stir fry sauce that's easy to make, or buy one to start, and then just look at recipes for an idea of what to add first and the steps. You can do it on your own after than. It's a very easy, healthy way to cook. You can make soups in it, braise in it, steam in it, fry in it...etc. Heck, the Chinese have been using it as their ONLY cooking vessel for centuries!

          It will stick a bit at first. You have to either let a patina build up with use, or season it yourself like cast iron. Even though it's coated with matte black enamel it's rough enough so polymerized oils can fill the pores of the enamel and build up a stick resistant coating.

          The Chinese have been cooking with cast iron and carbon steel woks forever. The enamel just makes it easier to clean and care for, and the coating doesn't react with acidic food.

          1. re: blondelle

            Hey Blondelle,

            A Staub wok is very heavy. It is not like a thin Chinese cast iron wok. As for enameled surface, I am not sure. Enameled cookware in general are not good at high temperature which is required for stir fry.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              The Staub wok has the matte black interior which is a high temp enamel. Enameled cast iron is fired at a very high temperature so it should be able to withstand what a stovetop can throw at it! The benefit is that it can retain heat when other ingredients are added and keep the sizzle going. The down side is you can't cool it down quickly, but like any wok food can be moved to the sides to keep it off the hotter area over the flame. With cast iron though, those side would still retain a lot of heat.

              It's not perfect, but the Staub wok is a wonderful cooking tool

              1. re: blondelle

                Cool. Yeah, on one hand, then enameled porcelain surface is fired at very high temperature. On the other hand, I kept reading about putting enameled cookware on low heat. My understanding is that the enameled surface can withstand high temperature, but if the cookware is heat up too fast, then the cast iron and the enameled surface will expand at different rate and crack the porcelain. Not 100% sure, but I certainly have seen many cracked enemaled surface with hairline fractures.

                Well, I don't own a Staub wok, so it is all spectulation. Sounds like you have one, no?

        2. smiles, Is it the the 6 qt wok? I am not interested but was just curious and checked the weight at cookware.com. It is 14.3 lbs, which is almost equivalent to the weight of the Le Creuset 6.75 qt wide round DO, 14 lbs.I do not say it is not heavy but maybe still make sense to sell at ebay as you can charge shipping fee to the buyer?
          http://www.cookware.com/asp/show_deta...

          Maybe you knew it already but I found the same wok posted at ebay in the past. Just for your info:) I think the probability you find potential buyers for cookware at ebay is higher than craigs list. Since I do not own the staub wok or any kind of wok, I cannot make any comment for the good uses of it. Hope you will continue getting good feedbacks on the potential use.

          http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...

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          1. re: hobbybaker

            I appreciate all the suggestions for how to use it, but I think I may just go the ebay route and try to get $100 for it! If it wasn't so heavy I might consider using it, but we already have a LC dutch oven that I accidentally dropped in the porcelain sink while trying to wash it. I like our "lightweight" All Clad pots/pans much more.

            1. re: smiles33

              smiles, there are so many relatively large cookware always on ebay and they tends to get bids if pricing is good with a brand name, like LC, AC, or Staub. I once sold one AC smaller roasting pan which I got from AC as a rebate for my purcase. I did the same thing as you did at craigslist because it is a relatively big item, and dissaponted with the rediculously low counter offers:) Then I finally sold it at ebay even at my asking price. It was my first and last transaction at ebay, but went relatively easier than I thought. Just do make sure that the item is insured for any damage in transit as this is not a cheap item:) LCs and cast irons are heavy and I too like all my ACs pans and pots a lot especially whe they are in sink. Good luck!

              1. re: smiles33

                I don't know when you last sold on Ebay but it's not the same as it was. If you haven't sold there in a while they might hold your Paypal funds for 3 weeks and still expect you to send the item. Then there are the games of people buying something and then saying it's defective and sending a box back with bricks in it but can then show confirmation it was shipped back and demand their money back and they will get it too.

                You should also be aware that Amazon at one time had those for $89.99 and I have often seen them there in the low hundreds so I'm not sure with shipping if you would get your hundred for it. They offered free shipping too. You might try and sell it on Amazon. Find the item on their pages and then list yours for sale there. It's free, but they take 15% of the sale I think.

                I would keep trying Craigs list, drop the price a little and put FIRM after your price in your ad. Also look on Amazon to get a photo of it to add to your ad.

                No, I don't have this wok, but did have the smaller LC one a while ago but sold it as it was too small.

                1. re: blondelle

                  All these Craig List and Ebay are just way too confusing and complicated for me. Never tried Craig List and only tried Ebay in the last 6 months.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Ebay has gotten a lot more complicated. Craigslist is easy. You put an item up for free, someone contacts you to buy it, you agree on a price and they come get it from you and give you cash. Easy-peasy!

                    1. re: blondelle

                      Oh I see. So that is why everyone told me that Craig list is for local sale. People have to come and pick it up. I didn't know this. Learn one thing today. Thanks.

                  2. re: blondelle

                    Thank you for sharing yor horror story. I think I was a very lucky seller with the right person. My only trouble was as a buyer with the seller not dicsclosing six small black dots on a french porcelain and sold it as an excellent used item with scratches from normal use. I made ebay buyer/seller protection involved and got all my money back. The protections are kind of new thing, I guess.

                    1. re: hobbybaker

                      Fortunately it's not my horror story. After they changed their policy on a lot of things I've stopped selling there. I started reading the message boards there, and there were too many stories just like that. I still like to buy there though. Ebay is a lot more protective of their buyers than their sellers, even though it's the sellers who supply their profits.