Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Staub brasier

If you've been following My French Corner, you know that I recently moved to a smaller house.  I had to pare down considerably, especially in my kitchen.

In this tiny kitchen, storage for pots and pans is at a premium, with long handles and lids presenting the biggest challenge.  So after thinking it through, I decided to swap out several pieces of cookware for one.  Out went two skillets, a large sauce pan, a paella pan, and a dutch oven, and in came a 4-quart Staub brasier.  Now, one piece of cookware does the job of five.

The brasier, a beautiful graphite color, is pretty enough to sit on the stovetop when I'm not using it.  There are no long handles to get in the way, and because I can leave it sitting out, I don't have to contend with the lid rattling around in a drawer or cabinet.  So far I've used my Staub to prepare eggs, grilled cheese, soup, roast chicken, fish, and rice.

Was the swap worth it?  Well, the jury is still out, but so far I think the five-for-one-trade was worth it.

What do you think?


  1. A. I bought the small Staub braiser a few months ago and have found it was a great decision. It gets a lot of use and like you said, is so pretty that I keep it out on the stove. It's versatile and I think it performs great. The heat conductivity is superb. I really debated between the graphite and the marine blue but went with the blue. You chose a great color, so chic!

  2. I've been eyeing the staub marin blue coq au vin piece for a bit now. I figure it's big enough to roast a chicken in, then transfer to the stove to make soup with said chicken. I also love that it can be the pot for grilled cheese and other smaller items on the stove. And really, there is no sandwich as good as one made on an even heated cast iron pot!

  3. A,
    I guess that is my question. Is it big enough to roast a chicken? If I swapped mine out, I would also want to do my no knead bread in it. Do you think it work for that?
    My kitchen is pretty pared down. I have small and large cast iron skillets; pot for pasta water, huge pot for the big sunday sauce, a beat up dutch oven and a small and medium saucepan that have teflon and need to be tossed. What are your thoughts?

  4. K, if you want the whole chicken to be deep in the pot, no, it won't work. But, I'm sure it would work for the no knead bread. You could definitely use it in place of the cast iron skillets (at least the big one).

    But remember, you are regularly cooking for a family of four AND your extended family. Right now, I'm just cooking for me. I couldn't have made this swap a few years ago when Sunday dinner was a weekly event.

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  6. Thanks A. One more question, if you don't mind I'm looking at a 5 quart cocotte by Staub. I haven't seen them in person. WHat made you choose the graphite over titanium. I like both.

  7. Sound far it sounds like a smart move. I never would have thought of that.

  8. Great idea! This will work for me. I am single, cooking only for myself usually and in a tiny cottage with no real kitchen storage.
    Handles and lids are a mess. Great solution- thanks!
    And thanks for a lovely blog. Enhances my day. :)

  9. K,
    Hmmm. I don't know that I saw a Titanium at Williams-Sonoma. The graphite is a soft grey; maybe the titanium color is a bit darker? I just didn't want black because I know my future countertops are likely to be black, and I thought it would be too much.

    BTW, I think the 5 quart Cocette is a good choice given how much cooking you do. The braiser would definitely be too small.

  10. I REALLY want to pare down my kitchen as well. I was wondering what you think might be some good choices for me. Currently it is only my husband and I. 90% of our meals are just the two of us. The problem I run into is that at least once a month we host a meal for family and friends that will be up to 20 people.
    My other concern is my lovely glass top stove. I get antsy about my husband scraping the stainless steel pots on the stove- the thought of him doing the same with Cast Iron gives me nightmares.