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Staub versus Le Creuset portion sizes (specifically)

Hi,

Hope you can help, I am torn between the Le Creuset Coastal Blue and the Staub Graphite casseroles as both look gorgeous so have decided to buy one (or more) of each but whilst I know exactly what portion sizes i'm buying into with Le Creuset, I cannot find any info on this for the Staub so I fear it will be down to guess work unless anyone out there can point me in the direction of any 'official' portion spec?

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  1. What do you mean by potion sizes? Doesn't Staub list its size in quarts?

    This one is 3/4 of a quart.

    http://www.cutleryandmore.com/staub/r...

    while this one is a 6 quarts:

    http://www.amazon.com/Staub-6-5-Quart...

    1. I don't quite understand what you mean by portion sizes either.

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      1. re: rasputina

        Is the word "portion" really not used in the US? I'm surprised. It's simply the amount of food which will serve one person. OP's question was not perfectly worded, maybe, but I don't think there was any mistaking what they were asking.

        I find as a rough guide that the number of servings a casserole pan will produce is about the same as its litre or quart capacity. Beef casserole for 4 people three quarters filled my 24cm LC last night, which I think is about 4.5 litres.

        1. re: Robin Joy

          Portion size is indeed used in US, but not for cookware. Usually, it is for describing foods, such as the a particular microwave package is of 10 serving sizes, or a bag of chicken drumsticks for a family of 4...etc.

          The reason I find portion size for a cookware is rather not useful because it depends what is being cooked in it. I can finish a quart size (a liter volume) of turnip green, but I wouldn't/shouldn't finish a quart size pork shoulder. 1 quart for 1 serving is pretty good for many items.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Oh yes, definitely recipe dependent. That LC pot will easily produce pasta sauce for ten people, so I guess there's no single answer.

          2. re: Robin Joy

            nevermind, Chem said the same thing I posted.

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          1. Hi, Thanks for your responses, apologies, it would appear I had a glitch in my system since joining hence i've only just been able to view these. As I am in the UK I work with litres not quarts so thats my first bit of confusion but in keeping with my original query, as its not always possible to readily handle these pots prior to purchase (I have only found one place selling limited supply of Staub in my vicinity), on viewing on line I find it helpful if the product indicates approximately how many people it will feed per specific capacity. Le Creuset for eg let me know that their 24cm round casserole holds 4.2 litres giving a portion size 4-5 and ditto their 30cm round casserole holds 8.4 litres giving a portion size 8-10. Again as much of the info I find on Staub is in quarts i'm back to being confused :) so I just wondered do they actually provide this info and I just missed it along the way...?

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            1. re: seuzy58

              One quart is almost one liter, but there are a US quart and a UK quart. Anyway, hopefully this will be helpful for you:

              http://www.metric-conversions.org/vol...

              I agree with Robin, the serving size can be thought of "1 liter = 1 serving size" Of course, this entirely depends on what you are cooking. I don't remember seeing serving size for Staub cookware.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Hi, thanks for the responses i'm having to access this via Internet Explorer as AOL keeps blocking me from fully accessing for some reason. The bit about 1 litre per serving is helpful, given this would you say the Staub Cocotte 24cm will feed about 2-3 people? I live alone mostly as my other half works overseas but I also have 3 grown up sons who visit intermittently and each have partners so I was thinking i'd opt for the Le Creuset 20cm round for serving just me and then either the Staub 33cm oval (6.5 litre UK) or the 28cm Le Creuset round (6.7 litres UK) (for those occasions everyone needs feeding. I have seen the 28cm Le Creuset and its quite a large pot and any bigger I fear it would sit unused? I will opt for another pot (either m/f) to cover up to 4 people if I have my friends around...any ideas on this....this 'middle pot could be used as back up if the 28cm Le Creuset needs a boost?

                1. re: seuzy58

                  <would you say the Staub Cocotte 24cm >

                  I believe the Staub 24 cm is 4 quart (4 Liter) in volume, so it should be more than enough for 3 serving size. In fact, it should be even fine for 5 people. I think it really depends how much your guests can eat.

                  <I have seen the 28cm Le Creuset and its quite a large pot and any bigger I fear it would sit unused?>

                  One thing be aware is that these enameled cast iron cookware can be very heavy when filled with food. Like you said, anything larger than 6 Liter will be pretty big and heavy.

              2. re: seuzy58

                ~1 Qt = ~1L = ~1 serving

                On a different note, I think the finish on the Staub cookware is in general nicer.

                I'm a little curious about the concern for portion size over capacity too. When I think of a "casserole" I imagine a pot not as tall and wider so, I would also suggest a "dutch oven" of slightly larger total capacity might be in order (you don't have to fill it up to the top to use it ;-).

              3. I don't know if this will help, but the Staub is a scant 5 qts, while the LC is 5.5 qts. in a medium size. Go to staubusa.com and you will find the #'s of the pots and the sizes in litres. The LC pot also has more bottom area as the Staub pot tapers in more to a smaller bottom. The LC pot better holds a chicken in that size if that's important to you. To get a rough the centimeter size of the pots multiply the number size of the pot by .39. That's the number on the bottom. The LC 5.5 is a # 26 I think.