We've had this pot for a couple of months now & now I wonder why I waited so long to get a new one. This one replace an old copper-bottom pan belonging to my MIL which we used until the handle broke off. This pan heats much more quickly & evenly than the old pan. The handle stays surprisingly cool, although I still use a pot holder. The glass lid is great! Very, very pleased!
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.
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