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Feb 9, 2012 05:53 PM

21/4 qt braiser

HELP Did I just make a huge mistake and buy a braiser that is too small. It is just my DH and me we are not big eaters but still I am having some buyers remorse.

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  1. Not if it meets your needs. While it is true that you can put less in a larger brasier, you cannot put more in a smaller one. Will it meet your needs in the future? Look at what you want to prepare in it. Will it accomplish all that you want it to? If so, be happy with your purchase. If not, you may want to get a larger one and return this. You are your own best judge of what you need/want. Good luck.

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    1. re: dcrb

      Yes I am going to try some recipes in it and see. It is an LC and I do love it. My friend has the One pot glorious meals cookbook and I have thought of buying "All about Braising by Molly Stevens. Will try a recipe from one of those cookbooks and make a decision. even DH said it looks kind of small.

      1. re: ronapie

        I consider the 2 qt to be more of a heavy saucepan than a "braising pan" You could make 2-3 servings of stew in it, but who ever makes that little stew at one time? Assuming it's round, it's going to be too small even for a very small chicken or roast. I would consider a 3-5 quart size instead as a general purpose Dutch oven for 2 people. (There's also another thread about a 3.5 quart Dutch oven you might want to look at.)

        1. re: MikeG

          Thanks good suggestions Whoa is me

    2. Look at the upside:

      Cooking a small dish in a small pan is more efficient.

      You won't be tempted to overeat, so it's healthier.

      No leftovers to deal with.

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      1. Here's a photo of braised and shredded chicken in the 2.25 qt. LC braiser. It looks like it holds a lot of chicken.

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        1. re: blondelle

          Great pic this gives me hope.. Thanks

          1. re: ronapie

            You know you can have the 3.5 qt braiser AND the 2.25 qt. braiser...and heck - maybe even the 5 qt. if you can lift it! Each size has it's uses and each size can work where the other one won't. There are many things you will want to make where the 3.5 will be too large and visa versa. If you can only afford one maybe the 3.5 would be best, but if you're starting a collection of LC, and they are addicting, consider the 2.25 as an addition to your collection. Even having the 3.5 there will be times where you wished it was smaller. Putting too little food in a larger pot will dry out the food and possibly burn it.

        2. 2 1/4 quarts really isn't all that large a pot for braising. And if it's not filled with your ingredients/liquid, it really doesn't matter. I think it's Molly Stevens who suggests covering the pot with parchment and pressing the parchment down until it almost touches the meat before putting the cover on. That could compensate for a pot that's not filled. DO get Stevens' book -- buy it or borrow it from the library -- it's great and it'll help you enjoy your LC even more.

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          1. re: CindyJ

            How did you know that I was making a trip to the book store today to buy her book. I m also going to look at "Glorious one pot meals". I am considering a wide round DO for my next purchase -something large!!!

            1. re: ronapie

              If you're like me, you'll love the large one. It'll give you room to cook enough to have leftovers, and braised leftovers can be wonderful.

              (BTW, I misread your OP -- I thought you were saying you thought your 2.25 qt LC was too BIG. SORRY!)

          2. I think it's a great size for up to 4. Now this depends entirely what you plan to cook, but for the things I cook in the braiser, this is a good size. Everyone needs to keep in mind the braiser is not a cocotte, it's not nearly as deep so even at 2.25 qt, it's still something like 24 cm across the bottom. That gives you somewhere between 65 and 70 sq. inches of cooking area. I use this size all the time (it's the only size braiser I have) and it works well for say 4 chicken breasts, or 4 salmon filets, assuming of course that they are not huge. I use it for dishes that do not have a lot of liquid, it's not what I use for stews, then I use the higher sided cocotte that's the same diameter. With that said, it doesn't mean I wouldn't like to have a 4 qt. braiser for when we entertain. The 4 qt braiser is 28 cm across and has about 95 sq inches of bottom area. But most of the time I'm very happy with the 2+ qt. You'll never get a whole chicken in it, but not in a 4 qt braiser either, the sides are not high enough and that's not what it was ment to cook.

            If you are trying out recipes, make sure you see how many it serves before you start. You may want to cut it in half to serve two. I recently doubled a recipe, not realizing it served 8, did I ever have a bunch of leftovers.