If you could request one item from Staub to begin a collection, what would it be? For my fiancee.. I'm considering the 4qt over the 5.75qt (mainly because of the color - aubergine). Is this a mistake?The 5.75qt is in blue, and my fiancee's favorite color is purple.
Just purchased the 6.75 qt (or 7 qt depending on which page you look from my order) Staub oval cocotte. It's big, it's green and it's perfect, even for 2 people. I have a smaller Le Creuset dutch oven that I've enjoyed. However I needed a larger pot for cooking larger cuts of meat. So far, I've done coq au vin (browning 4 chicken thighs at a time with 8 thighs fitting nicely during cooking) and pork shanks. Thinking the pork would be swallowed up in the pot, the two shanks barely fit. The bones were not cut down (this may have been b/c I purchased from a farmer's market).
So far, so good. I've had no issues with my round electric burner not heating the oval pot evenly. I can even use less liquid because of those little spikes constantly dripping.
These pots only continue to rise in price so go for it now.
Be aware that Staub pots taper more than Le Creuset which means they are smaller on the bottom than they are across the rim. The 5.5 has a smaller bottom as it is. You need room to brown meats before you braise. Definitely go for the 5.5 qt. one. Besides the 25% off of cookware, WS also had a $10 back on a gift card offer for every $50 spent. Not sure if that's still on though. That was in store only.
I think the best all around choice would be the Coq Au Vin which is a 5.75 oval. The deep blue is stunning and the blue has some violet in it. If you can get the $10 off $50 on top of the 25% off you can get a great deal on it.
BTW, the eggplant is more of a maroon color. It's not really purple. Anyone that loves purple would also love that deep cobalt blue!
Thanks! I agree that the 5.75 is the better option, regardless of color. Even though purple is her favorite color, I can't go wrong with the blue. Also, it's cheaper! Cookware at Williams-Sonoma is 25% off through Sunday, and the 5.75 would be $180 with the discount while the 4 is at another store for $200.
Next question.... What cookbook would be the perfect companion for this purchase?
<5.75 would be $180 with the discount while the 4 is at another store for $200.>
Well, there you go. :)
If she like Indian foods, then I recommend "5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices" for beginner. Use the $20 you saved to buy some spices from an Indian grocery store.
The best reviewed braise cookbook you can find. Some choices to get you started:
In my experience, the 5.75 quart will be more versatile than a 4 quarts.
<I should add... She will mostly be making meals for two.>
Well, if she will ONLY make meals for two, then the 4 quarts oven will be sufficient. The rule of thumb (very rough estimate) is that 1 quart for 1 person-worth of food. The problem comes in those rare cases which she may want to cook for 5 or more people-worth, then the 4 quart pot will seem insufficient.
So this are my suggestions:
a) a 5.75 quarts oven is usually more versatile than a 4 quarts oven for most people
b) if you have another larger pot (any pot), then you are in a safer position to get the 4 quarts oven.
c) if you do not any large pot, and that this new Staub will be your only large cookware, then a 4 quart oven purchase is a riskier option.
d) please feel free to ignore our suggestions for the size since everyone of us has different cooking needs. However, I do think it is a mistake to put "color" ahead of "size" for a cookware. It could come back and bite you/her. Just ignore the color, and ask yourself which size works best for you. If 4 quarts is more useful, then get 4 quarts. At the end of the day, the cookware with the right size matters more than a cookware with the right color. Think of it like a car. A beautiful bright red two-seat sport car simply is not very useful if you have a family of 6.
My 5.75 gets alot of use...I love braising and I like the extra room for browning and stirring.
My meals are usually for 2 people and I make enough for the next day for reheating.
I would definitely go for the larger pot. My 4 qt. just doesn't get the use. The blue, which I have, is beautiful and because I like color in a kitchen I've purchased other colors for my other pots.
I think the larger one would be much more versatile. 4 qt isn't that big for many things good to cook in a heavy pan.
Both colors are lovely. Purple is also my favorite color but I am glad I have the larger size.
It is just two of us but I like the larger one for stews, braising, soups, etc.