Staub Enameled Cast-Iron Skillet is very versatile in its uses and compatible heat sources. It has a wide range of colors and can be washed in the dishwasher.
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Pro Can be used to cook acidic foods
Since this skillet's enamel is non-reactive, nothing from the cooking surface leaches into food, even when exposed to highly acidic foodstuffs. As a result, pasta sauce, chili or anything else can simmer for a long time or even be stored in the pan.
Pro Suitable for various cooking mediums
The enameled Staub skillet can be used with these heat sources: gas/electric/induction stove-tops, oven, broiler, and grill, although using a grill risks damaging the pan's outer glossy enamel layer.
Pro Dishwasher safe
This skillet can be washed or soaked in water without rusting. However, with frequent dishwasher cycles it will need reseasoning and the enamel may wear out.
Pro Very versatile use
This skillet is suitable for a wide variety of uses, for example, searing, roasting, frying, baking, and simmering.
Pro Spouts for easier pouring
This frying pan has spouts on two sides, so it is easy to pour out grease or gravy.
Pro An extra handle for easier handling
Since the skillet is heavy, it has an extra handle for added balance when moving the pan.
Pro Wide range of colors
The skillet comes in 8 colors: matte black, white, sapphire blue, grenadine red, graphite grey, basil green, burnt orange and cherry red. The glossy outside enamel looks appealing and decorative.
Pro Can handle high heat
This Staub skillet can be used in temperatures of up to 500 ºF. However, the manufacturer advises users to use mostly low to medium heat. If high temperatures are needed, it should be heated up slowly.
Pro Comes preseasoned for immediate use
This skillet comes with a first layer of seasoning and can be used right away. The cooking surface of Staub's enamel is a little rough, so it allows for some more seasoning. This can be done by cooking greasy foods for the first few times.
Con Enamel is not resistant to scratches
Only wooden, nylon or plastic utensils should be used in this skillet, otherwise the enamel might chip. Enamel also may crack if the skillet gets banged against a hard surface.
Con Does not heat up very evenly
The enameled frying pan distributes heat more evenly in comparison to bare-cast iron pans, but preheating is still needed to eliminate hot spots.
Con Very heavy
Weighing 6.6 lbs, this skillet may not be suitable for cooks with weaker wrists.
Con The handle gets very hot
The skillet should not be handled without gloves or potholders, because the handle gets very hot when cooking.
Con Sensitive to sudden changes in temperature
To use with high heat, this skillet should be heated up slowly for 10 minutes. When heated up, it should never be cooled suddenly (such as plunged in cold water), as the enamel coating may crack and come off entirely.
Con Not suitable for using on a campfire
Unlike the bare-cast iron skillets, this enameled skillet should not be put straight into campfires. The temperatures of open flames are hard to control, and if the skillet gets too hot, the enamel can soften enough to get damaged.
Con Expensive brand
The 10'' skillet version is the cheapest, costing $99.95. The next in size 12'' skillet costs double that - $199.95.