Happy Friday everybody! We've finally reached a steady Spring here in Chicagoland and I couldn't be happier! Garage sales are popping up, lawns are being mowed, my hostas are coming back beautifully, and the skies are blue and full of sunshine! It feels like I've been wearing a winter coat for the past 7 months (oh wait, I have!) so this is a welcome change!
My first for this week is using a new pot! A couple weeks ago I got a green enameled cast iron pot from the Rachael Ray collection. This baby is huge- 5 1/4 quarts and weighs 17 pounds! I chose this particular item because I do not have any enameled cast iron cookware, and I don't have any dishes that can go from stove top to oven.
This holds heat well! The rest of our cookware is lighter nonstick stuff, so cooking with in this new pot, you could notice a difference right away. I really liked the even temperature and that the ingredients stuck a bit to the bottom! I've never really had a need to deglaze before with the nonstick, but I was able to in this pot! And of course I love that it is green and comes in a variety of brilliant, bright colors!
I made pasta sauce in it and later added some meatballs to simmer away. There are no complaints with the stove top cooking so far! The only thing I could see being a problem down the road is a design flaw. The pot itself is oven safe up to 500°, but for some reason they chose to put a plastic and silicone handle on the lid that is only safe up to 350°! It is recommended handwash, which I don't really mind because I have to handwash all of the non-stick cookware too. Even the sauce that had dried around the edges rinsed off cleanly after a quick soak and was a breeze after that- no scrubbing necessary!
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The Rachael Ray enameled cast iron pot featured in this post was received courtesy of CSN Stores. The review is my honest opinion based on my experiences in using this product.