If Le Creuset is the Lamborghini of Dutch ovens, Staub would be the Ferrari. Blending craftsmanship, functions and beauty, Staub cocotte is one of the best Dutch ovens in the market that will surely arouse jealousy among your guests and neighbors.
Even though there are ways to find reasonably priced Staub, it is still a pricey piece of cookware. Before you buy a new Staub Dutch oven, you should know some of the pros and cons of your investment.
These are some of factors that make Staub one of the best Dutch ovens in the world:
1. The Best Fitting Lid Cover
If you plan to do a lot of braising and stewing, you’d be happy to know Staub Dutch oven is universally praised as having the best fitting lid on the market. Heavy and tight fitting, you can be sure moisture will be retained in your cooking. All Staub French oven also comes with self-basting spikes underneath the lid cover. More or less a gimmicky feature, it could help to distribute the liquid to all parts the dish.
2. Almost Cast Iron Liked Interior
The Staub interior is made with a black matte enamel with traces of quartz, which gives the Dutch oven a higher heat tolerance. Because the interior has a rougher, non-smooth surface, it makes food harder to stick. With proper care and cooking techniques, it will get better with time and uses.
3. Beautiful, yet Sturdy Exterior
The exterior is made with a glossy multi-coating of enamel, which give the Dutch oven toughness and a beautiful finish. It can go from fridge to stovetop to oven and to dining table. Some have claimed the Dutch oven is resistant to chipping or cracking. Beware that nothing is resistant to chipping or cracking if it’s abused.
The Not So Good
These are not issues per se. It’s more of a warning so you won’t be surprised when you start using your Staub.
1. The Weight
A high quality, well-made Dutch oven should weight a lot. Just beware that the Staub cocotte is heavy, even heavier than most average cast iron Dutch oven. A 5.5 Qt. Staub weights close to 12lbs, alone. Add in the protein, starch and liquid, you have a piece of solid weight training equipment in your kitchen.
2. No Stain
If you browse through user reviews of Staub, a common praise people have for Staub is that the cocotte doesn’t stain or doesn’t have much build-up, especially compared to Le Creuset. Unfortunately, this is more of a myth than fact. It’s not that the Staub doesn’t stain. It is just difficult to spot stain or build-up when the interior is black. Would you rather know there are stains and build-up, so you can try to remove it? Or would you rather fool yourself thinking there’s no stain? There is no right or wrong answer here. It’s simply your preference.
3. Difficult to Monitor your Cooking
Similar to the above point, many users have found it difficult to monitor cooking when the interior is black. This could be an inconvenience for the first few times using the French oven. However, you will most likely be able to adjust to the black interior after several uses.
If you’re looking for a high quality Dutch oven, there is no going wrong with Staub, as it will provide you with years of service and return on investment.
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