For years, been wanting a cast iron pot. First it was a Le Creuset, the a Staub. As much as I wanted one, couldn’t justify the cash outlay.
And Santa never delivered one, I’m guessing it was too heavy for the reindeer.
A couple of years ago, the cuzs (P&B) bought a Martha Stewart cast iron pot and recommended I think about it as a viable alternative. The pots offered at the local department store were too big for just The Mouse and The Cat. Anything we cooked in those pots would probably last for days (eww).
Then, a co-worker got one for Christmas, and loved it. Encouraged me to pick one up too. I think she got a six or eight quart one. Still too big. Plus, they’re heavy. The two seasons I worked at W-S, lifting those pots almost gave me a hernia.
Recently, I noticed the department store carrying two-quart varieties of the Martha Stewart cast iron pots. Hmm. getting interesting.
Finally, I came across this: http://www.thekitchn.com/my-uncool-kitchen-tool-a-notlecreuset-dutch-oven-185598.
That kinda sealed the deal.
Last week, the department store was offering additional discount (the pot was already on sale) if a donation was made to help wounded veterans.
My new “toy”.
Heavy, but manageable. I like the metal handle on the cover instead of the plastic (bakelite?) handle on the Le Creuset pots. Nice size, just right for small-ish portions.
Of course the first thing made in the pot?
Shoyu Pork with Dried Bamboo Shoot and Green Onion
Yes, I still want a Staub, maybe when I’m retired. The Martha is a very nice substitute. And at 1/6 the price (on sale). Sold!
Enjoy. Eat well.