Few other cookware has such flair as Staub Pumpkin Cocotte. From the striking orange color to the beautiful pumpkin shape. All this was executed beautifully by Staub. Other manufacturer have their own version of the pumpkin Cocotte but staub is the best. However, beauty does not always result in performance. With its curves and edges this affects the usability of the dutch oven. This review will take a closer look at its design and features. We will see how well this work as a dutch oven and whether you should have it at your table.
Staub Pumpkin Cocotte 3.5 qt Review Quick Summary
|Categories||Staub Pumpkin Cocotte 3.5 qt Orange|
|Compatibility||Gas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction|
|Colors||Range of Color/td>|
|Oven Safe Temperature||500 Degree Fahrenheit|
|Brand Awareness||World Famous|
|Country of Manufacturer||France|
|Thoughts||A strikingly beautiful dutch oven. However, because of the ridges and shape, it makes difficult to cook in. It is more better suited as a soup heating pot and a serving pieces. The cast iron construction means that you can heat it up right before serving and the accessories makes it a matching set.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Staub 11124806 Cast Iron Pumpkin Cocotte, 3.5-quart, Burnt Orange|
Staub was started by Francis Staub in 1972. Their original cookware was originally made from a wooden mold. They use these design to create various designs and features. Some of the most striking features of their cookware is the beautiful hue and color. While Le Creuset focuses on bright cheerful color. Staub uses a more vibrant darker color.
The design of Staub cookware is also more interesting to say the least. They are daring when it comes to shape. Some of their most infamous dutch oven are in the shape of a big and even a chicken. Today, they are one of the biggest competitor to Le Creuset. While they are now owned by Zwilling, a German cutlery company, they still operate independently.
Staub Pumpkin Cocotte Design
This section will discuss the various design features of Staub Pumpkin Cocotte. We will take a look at the handle, shape and overall design.
The handle on and pot is one single piece. There are not rivets nor is their any screws. Over the long run, the pot will not lossen and basically last pretty much forever. With Rivets and Screws, they come loose overtime and you will have to tighten or replace it. With the latter being the worst offender.
Since the handle is all meta, it gets hot overtime. A glove is always recommended when cooking with this. While the handle flows with the overall design of it, it is small and narrow. This makes it difficult to grip with a glove on. A large wide handles are better but they clash with the overall design.
The shape is the best part and the worst part of this dutch oven. All the ridges and curves are present inside and out of the dutch oven. Meaning the smooth interior of a dutch oven is missing. When you go to stir with a spoon, those ridges get in the way. Making sauces and roux is also another thing. While the center is still flat, the sides will annoy you. Luckily, you can still sear and sauteing food with ease.
The lid on Staub Pumpkin Cocotte is beautiful and flows with the design. The handle can be removed and it has a beautiful gold color to it. It is heavy and it will keep moisture in. One very annoying thing is the orientation of the lid. Because of the way its shape you cant just put it on like a normal round lid. Kind of like a square lid, you need to put it in the right orientation for it to work.
Usefulness and Performance
Overall, this looks to be a pretty questionable design in terms of performance. However, because of the construction it serves its function as a table centerpiece. The cast iron construction means that it can hold heat really well. When you serve it on the tabletop, it stays hot and wont cool down. The metal design also mean that you can heat it up the stove top in case it gets cold. You cant really do that with ceramic pots and pans.
Staub Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte
Staub ceramic pumpkin cocotte are the Mini Version of the dutch oven. They are great accessories to the larger dutch oven. Especially if your intention is to use it as a serving pot. It has lids to keep it hot and you can place it in the oven. They look almost exactly the same, its just that the knob inst removable. It would have been better if they made it in cast iron. But nonetheless, if you want a matching flatware, they are the way to go.
Enamel Coating and Colors
There are a few choices of color available. The standard orange is my favorite. However, the black fits with a more halloween spooky theme. The finish on the paint is outstanding, much better than what you get from Le Creuset. One interesting to note is that the rim has no Enamel Coating. There are a lot of people online who argue about this. But they do not have enamel coating. Under high heat, they can fuse with the lid.
Like all cast iron cookware, these are induction compatible. If you ever want to see if a cookware is induction capable. All you need to do is check whether a magnet will stick. Induction stove top wont start otherwise.
Staub Pumpkin Cocotte Thoughts
As a traditional dutch oven, it has a lot of convenience issue. The shape makes it difficult to whisk, food will get trapped and the lid orientation is annoying. As a piece of art though, it is simply beautiful. They make as a great center piece. The cast iron construction means that it will stay hot on the table as well. I recommend getting a trivet though.
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