I decided to start cooking in Enameled Cast Iron cookware, because the depth of flavor in the food is superior. It is nonstick to a point by using very little oil, can utilize lower temperatures because of its heat retention, and easier to clean/maintain then regular cast iron. Also 97% of the time, the meal can be prepared in one pot. Plus my childhood memories of Mom cooking with one pot, and meals tasting delicious was another factor in deciding to invest in Enameled Cast Iron. There are several high price brands and after exhausting research, I discovered both Anolon Vesta and Lodge which are more economically priced. After starting with various dutch oven sizes and one skillet, I discovered an everyday pan referred to as a 'Braiser' I absolutely love this type of pan and use my 3.5 Lodge quite a bit, but needed one with more depth. That is when I found Anolon's 5 qt, and web pictures do not do it justice. The color is a deep, purplish blue -- wide and deep enough at the base and up the sides -- also heavy, but you want that in a good enameled cast iron pan. I cooked in it tonight, and the meal was great. Clean up was a breeze. I would highly recommend this pan, and the other sizes in Anolon's enameled cast iron line.
The saucepan is solid and attractive. I chose stainless steel and the contoured shape to match my other pans which it does. The reason for the 4 stars is that to my surprise, the pan only has 1 pour spout. (My two other pans have 2 - one on each side). If you are holding the pan by the handle in front of you the pour spout is on the LEFT. I am right-handed so it means I hold the pot in my right hand while awkwardly using a spatula in my left hand to scrape down while pouring. I wish this detail had been noted in the description.
I bought this & the 12 piece pots & Pans set. I have everything Anolon now. I also recommend the 4.5qt stockpot, 14" skillet, 10 qt stockpot as a starter set. The cooking took are great with this, matches perfect. The lids mix & match too...you won't need any extra.
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