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Le Creuset vs. Staub: Dutch Ovens

Mar 4th, 2011 | Category: Articles, La Creuset

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Which dutch oven is best?

Whisk NYC has posted an article comparing a Le Creuset dutch oven to a Staub. butch ovens are great for casseoles, braising, soups, stews and those wonderful comfort foods. Staub and Le Creuset are two well known high end brands of enameled dutch ovens. They are both made in france. they are both quality, they are both pricey. And people are forever asking, which is better?

Here's Whisk's assessment of Staub:
staub-dutch-ovenMade in Alcase, France, by a family company dating back to 1892, Staub is a heavy-duty, gorgeous addition to any kitchen and a favorite of professional chefs and home cooks alike. Each piece takes a full day to complete, and no two products are alike – a sand mold is made for every piece, then destroyed. There are over 10 coats of enamel on each piece, leaving a gorgeous, rich exterior. Additionally, the interior of each Staub dutch oven offers two unique features which set it apart: Basting spikes on the lid, which allows even self-basting, and a matte black enameled interior, which gives a fantastic sear. The knobs on all Stab pieces are either nickel or brass, and are oven safe up to 500 degrees. Finally, Staub is heavier than your average dutch oven. Fans of Staub include Thomas Keller, who serves dishes at his restaurants (Per Se, French Laundry, Bouchon) directly out of Staub.

One thing that is useful from this quote is the knobs. They are significantly different than Le Creuset's. Are they better or is it a matter of taste?

Here's their take on Le Creuset:
le-creuset-dutch-ovenLe Creuset was founded in Northern France by two Belgians in 1925. By the time they had expanded their export business in the 1950′s, 50% of their products were being shipped to the US. Originally just offered in one color, flame, the line now offers over 10 colors – perfect to match every kitchen! Each piece is enameled with three coats of enamel, giving a rich color. Additionally, the interiors of each piece are enameled as well, in a light color, so you can see the color developing on your dishes as you sear. The phenolic knobs are oven safe to 375 degrees, but Le Creuset also sells a stainless steel replacement knob that can reach 500 degrees. A favorite of Julia Child, Oprah and Marilyn Monroe, these are the American favorite.

Well unfortunately they don't give a definitive answer on their favorite. I am obviously partial to Le Creuset. What about you? Comment below if you can add anything or you're just a fan of one or the other. There's more to be said on this topic obviously.

Read their post here.

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