Friday, November 23, 2012

Nonstick Cookware Sets

Best Nonstick Cookware Sets 

We have recommended three nonstick fry pans – the ceramic-coated Vinaroz, the Ozeri with GREBLON (a natural ceramic coating), and porcelain enamel cookware by Rachael Ray.  (Click here to see the post.)  In this post, we present the results of a survey of nonstick cookware sets. 


Our recommendations are limited to only those cookware sets that are declared PTFE-free and PFOA-free.  In our opinion, unless the manufacturer makes such a declaration, we are not willing to recommend the cookware to the consumer.  After all, there are several reputable brands of PTFE- and PFOA-free cookware.  Why run the risk of Teflon toxicity?

Positive User Experience

We have also restricted our survey to those nonstick cookware sets that have been rated very highly by reviewers.  We have noticed some new products that are toxin-free, but we will not make a recommendation until we have the benefit of user experience.

Ozeri Frying Pan Set       

Ozeri 3 Piece Frying Pan Set

Ozeri 3 Piece Frying Pan Set

Once again, we like Ozeri and the GREBLON ceramic cookware.  It is even recommended for induction stoves – a common issue with users.  GREBLON is completely natural.  We would encourage everyone to read the Product Description if you have any doubts about this cookware.  With a rating of 4+ stars by over 100 reviewers, this 3-piece frying pan set is a great value. 

Safe for Induction Stoves! 

Ozeri 3 Piece Green Earth Frying Pan Set with Textured Nonstick Ceramic Coating from Germany - 100% PTFE and PFOA Free


Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel Cookware Set

Rachael Ray is making a name as a brand of reliable, attractive, and highly-functional cookware.  We have recommended Rachael Ray cookware in several posts and will do so here.  Once again, the experience of reviewers cannot be denied.  Perhaps the best feature of this nonstick cookware set, besides the price, is the fact that porcelain enamel cookware is durable.  Just like the Lodge porcelain enamel Dutch ovens that we also highly recommend, porcelain enamel cookware by Rachael Ray never disappoints.


Visit These Posts:

Porcelain Enamel Cookware

and, for a Dutch oven -

Choosing an Enamel Pot


Cheap Cookware Set – Not Recommended

So tempting!  The price of a Wearever Ceramic Coating Cookware Set is so appealing.  We decided to not even provide the link, unless you too might be tempted.   And they claim that it is free of PTFE and PFOA!   However, as always, we err on the side of safety and a few of the reviewers reported a breakdown in the ceramic cooking surface.  Reports of leaching of substances into the cooking liquid or the release of gases are just mind-boggling!

Recommended with Reservations

Lastly we have the Cuisinart GreenGourmet line of ceramic cookware.  We will refer you to our previous post and will allow you to make that call.  (See Cuisinart Cookware Review)  We applaud Cuisinart for attempting to do what Ozeri has apparently done.  We only wish that the user experience was more consistent.  Users complain that the initial performance of the Cuisinart ceramic cookware is superb, but after a few months the cooking surface loses it nonstick character.  We will continue to monitor this situation.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Frying Pans


Is a “green frying pan” truly green?

We are staunch advocates of healthy cookware that does not pose any threat to people or to the environment.  Oftentimes, this type of cookware is described as “green.”  Unfortunately, so-called green cookware does not always live up to the name.  Is a frying pan truly safe or is it green in name only?

We also have to consider the claim that old-style Teflon cookware is now new-and-improved and does pose any hazard.  Our response is simple:  Does it contain any PTFE?  Is there any chance, no matter how remote, that hazardous PFOA may be released into your home?  Because of the availability of alternative nonstick cookware, we believe that the manufacturer must unambiguously declare that the cookware is “free of PFOA and PTFE”- nothing less will suffice.

What is the best nonstick frying pan?

Again, we have an issue with semantics.  We believe that the “best nonstick cookware” should not only be safe and eco-friendly, but that it should actually perform.  This is particularly an issue with ceramic cookware.  Users often rave about the performance of ceramic cookware at the onset only to discover that the nonstick degrades after a few weeks or months. 

In our Hard-Anodized Ceramic Cookware post, we advised everyone to never use cooking sprays on ceramic cookware.   Use just a small amount of cooking oil or butter.  In the case of hard-anodized aluminum cookware, low to moderate heat is desirable as well.  Anodized cookware heats up very quickly and efficiently, there is really no reason to use a higher heat setting.  Following a few simple prescripts will avoid needless wear and tear on your nonstick frying pan.


Cookware User Feedback

We are actively seeking feedback from users who have had a positive experience with a particular brand of cookware, especially over the long term.  We are focusing especially on frying pans, because a user is more likely to use larger amounts of cooking oil or excessive heat when frying.  For our part, we have searched for examples of a fry pan that seems to be holding up in performance.  We would appreciate the feedback of other users.  Please consider and comment on the following:

Ceramic Fry Pan

The Vinaroz Die Cast Aluminum Fry Pan with Ceramic Coating is a great buy – probably the best ceramic fry pan for the money.  The performance, at least so far, has been great and it is safe.  Better yet, it is exceptionally low-priced – a great value if there ever was one.  We discussed this fry pan and other Vinaroz products in our in our Ceramic Coated Cookware post.

The Ozeri Green Earth Ceramic Frying Pan has a great track record.   Much like Cuisinart, Ozeri is touting a new all-natural ceramic coating that is completely free of PTFE and PFOA.  The GREBLON ceramic is made in Germany.  Anodized aluminum makes for a very fast and efficient heating surface, another great advantage.  A green frying pan with superb performance, the Ozeri is more expensive than the Vinaroz fry pan.  Both frying pans are terrific products, but we would lean towards the Ozeri as a long term investment.

Look at the number of reviews!  

Electric Fry Pan

We wondered if it would be possible to find an electric skillet that is nonstick and eco-friendly.  Most electric frying pans are stainless steel or the usual Teflon-type fry pan.  The Cuisinart GreenGourmet Nonstick Electric Skillet has an overall rating of 4-stars.  Nonetheless, some reviewers have had a very negative experience.  Based on the comments of a few reviewers, we suspect there is a problem in quality control.  Cuisinart cookware with the Ceramica coating seems very promising, but we would be hesitant to recommend this particular product until the manufacturing issues are worked out.

Rachael Ray Cookware Set

Finally, we wanted to find a complete set of nonstick cookware that would include several sizes of frying pans.  After considerable searching, we found that the only nonstick cookware set that we could recommend is the Rachael Ray cookware set we had previously recommended in our Porcelain Enamel Cookware post.

Reminder:  We would appreciate your feedback.  What has been your experience with ceramic coated cookware and enamelware?


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stovetop Grilling Videos


How to Use a Stovetop Grill

Everyone enjoys cooking videos.  Watch our three favorite grilling videos to learn more about using a stovetop grill.  This is a follow-up to our previous post where we shared five simple tips for grilling indoors.  (Click here to visit

Chef Ed Does Dual Grill Pans

Chef Ed demonstrates how easy it is to grill indoors.  What an amazing array of delicious foods!

Tip:  Wood skewers work great for indoor grilling, but don’t forget to soak them in water.  The best thing about wood skewers is that they are not hot to the touch.  No burned fingers!

Bobby Flay Grills Steak Indoors

Bobby Flay demonstrates how to grill steak, sweet potatoes, and Vidalia onions – all on a stovetop grill.  Can you believe that a steak grilled indoors tastes as good as a steak grilled outdoors?

Watch Video

Tip:  Lightly coat the steaks (warmed to room temperature) with canola oil and then sprinkle with a liberal amount of salt and pepper.  Makes a great crust!

Grilling Chicken Indoors 

Want a quick and healthy meal?  Nothing beats grilled chicken breasts.  In this cooking video, Kathy Maister shows us how to use a grill pan.

Watch Video

Tip:  Avoid the temptation to turn the meat too many times during grilling.  Turning too often prevents the meat from searing properly. 


Most Popular Stovetop Grill 


Lodge Grill/Griddle
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Look at all the reviews!  Lodge is probably the most popular brand of stovetop grill.  Definitely, the most highly-rated model is the Lodge Logic Cast-Iron Grill/Griddle. It is not a true nonstick, but if properly seasoned, it will perform like one.  Most importantly, cast iron cookware is healthy – no danger of Teflon toxicity here.  The Lodge indoor grill is large enough to cover two burners.  Turn it over and you have a great way to make lots of pancakes!

Still prefer a true nonstick grill or griddle?  The Cuisinart grill has the safe nonstick Ceramica coating.  You can also get a Cuisinart ceramic griddle.  Both were discussed in a previous post.  (Click here to learn more)  

Friday, September 7, 2012

Stove Top Grill

Indoor grilling of salmon steaks
Grilled Salmon Steaks

Indoor Grilling Made Easy

Five simple tips make grilling a happy, healthy experience - it is as easy as that.  Too often cooking is made difficult because we make it too complicated.  However, for the indoor grill master, the intrinsic flavor created by the grilling process itself is the critical part.  Focus on these few simple things and you will be amazed at what you can do with a stove top grill: 

#1   Buy the best.  Unless you plan on drowning your food in sauce, there is really no substitute for high quality food.  Usually this means buying local.  Are you a locavore?  Pay careful attention to the “use by” date on packages. The fresher the better is the rule.  Another approach is to buy from a specialty food outlet - this is really fun when you are hosting a special lunch or dinner with friends.


Omaha Steaks Marinated Salmon Fillets

Omaha Steaks Gourmet Variety Packs


Indoor grilling of Omaha steaks.
Grilled Omaha Steaks
#2   Don’t start cold.  Never put cold food on a grill.  This is especially true when using a stove top grill.  Food will cook faster and more evenly, inside and out, if it is allowed to warm up before grilling.  Steaks can simply be allowed to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.  They won’t spoil.  Ditto for fresh veggies.  Chicken and seafood are different, but you can take the chill out by rinsing the raw food in lukewarm water and then patting it dry with a paper towel.  Another trick employed by some cooks is to place the food in a warm oven for a several minutes.  Note: Use the “warm” oven setting – you want to warm it, not cook it.

#3   Searing is essential.  People often confuse grilling with barbequing.  For ribs and other Southern-style foods, “low and slow” is the trick.  (Several hours at 220 – 230 degrees Fahrenheit)  Grilling, however, requires searing the outside of the food to lock in the essential juices and flavors.  Too often people place food on a grill that is not at a searing temperature.  Hot and fast is the way to go for indoor grilling.

#4   Know your equipment.  There is a difference between a grill and a griddle.  Both have their advantages.  A griddle is more of a multi-purpose tool that can be used for pancakes or waffles and occasionally for grilling.  Do you know why a true “indoor grill” has ridges?  Besides making an attractive series of sear marks on the food items, the raised surface allows hot air to circulate underneath.  The vapors and smoke that are released enhance the grilled flavor. 

GreenGourmet Grill Pan
#5   Go green.  The old fashioned cast iron grill is commonplace.  Never use Teflon-style nonstick cookware for grilling.  The high temperature can produce volatile compounds that are toxic.  Cuisinart GreenGourmet nonstick cookware works great and is eco-friendly.  For indoor grilling, we recommend the GreenGourmet Grill Pan as a stove top grill.   (Click here to learn more.)  It is oven safe so you can lock in the great grill flavor and then transfer the grill to the oven to finish cooking.  Be aware that Ceramica hard-anodized cookware heats up at a lower temperature than other cookware, especially cast iron cookware.  A low to medium range-top setting is recommended.

Simple and healthy – that’s all there is to it - indoor grilling at its best.  Enjoy!

Learn more about the GreenGourmet Grill Pan.

Watch the experts!  Stovetop Grilling Videos

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Best Dutch Oven



Teflon Alternatives 

We firmly believe that Teflon-style nonstick cookware is obsolete.  Why worry about PFOA/PTFE toxicity?  Nonstick Teflon alternatives are readily available!
In a previous post, we discussed various Dutch ovens and Dutch oven substitutes. (Click here to learn more)   In order to choose the best Dutch oven, a brief recap is in order:


Traditional Dutch Oven

In simple terms, a Dutch oven is a large pot with a tight-fitting lid.  Usually made from heavy-gauge cast iron, a Dutch oven can be used either on the range-top or in the oven.  Probably the most popular Dutch oven today is the Lodge Color Dutch Oven. 

More than 876 customer reviews.   Everyone wants one of these!


French Oven

The difference between a Dutch oven and a French oven is mostly semantic.  Does it make any difference if a cast iron pot is made in France?  In our opinion, the quality of construction is more important.  However, if you want a true French oven, buy the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart French Oven.



Does your Dutch oven have small dimples on the underside of the lid?  A Staub Dutch oven or cocotte would have the small protuberances that create a self-basting effect.  A truly gorgeous and highly functional cocotte is the Staub Coq Au Vin Cocotte.  Check out the rooster!


Soup Pot

A good soup pot should have sloping sides with the top diameter significantly greater than the bottom diameter of the pot.  Buy a Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 2-3/4-Quart Soup Pot as a smaller complement to your traditional Dutch oven.

Bouillabaisse Pot

A bouillabaisse pot is simply a large version of a soup pot.  It should be an enameled pot and it should have sloping sides.  The Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/2-Quart Bouillabaisse Pot is probably the best enameled bouillabaisse pot.

What is the Best Dutch Oven?    

A well-equipped kitchen should have a variety of pots, each serving a specific purpose.  By definition, a Dutch oven is oven safe and therefore it can serve more than one purpose.  Teflon alternatives fall into two general categories – porcelain enamel (see above) and ceramic cookware.  Choose the best Dutch oven for your kitchen from the following:

Porcelain Enamel Cookware

Take your pick – a Dutch oven, a French oven, a cocotte, a soup pot, a bouillabaisse pot - we would heartily recommend any of the enamel pots listed above.  All are oven safe.  Whether it is a regular Dutch oven or one of the other pots, porcelain enamel is a proven performer.  Porcelain enamel is green cookware.  Most cooks like to have two – one large pot and one that is smaller.  Also, you may want to have either a soup pot or a bouillabaisse pot.  Having at least one pot with sloping sides is advantageous for slow cooking on the range top.  Learn more at Choosing an Enamel Pot.

Ceramic Hard-Anodized Cookware

Another Teflon alternative is the hard-anodized ceramic cookware made by Cuisinart.   As it stands today, the most eco-friendly cookware is Cuisinart GreenGourmet cookware.  In a previous post (Click here to visit Hard-Anodized Ceramic Cookware), we discussed GreenGourmet cookware at length.  Cuisinart ceramic cookware performs admirably and is highly rated by users. Watch for the GreenGourmet label.   Hard-anodized with the special Ceramica nonstick coating, the Cuisinart Dutch oven is a great choice.  Is it the best Dutch oven?  Because of its eco-friendly nature, this cookware should merit serious consideration.  Watch the video below and you will agree. 
Completely free of PFOA and PTFE – a true Teflon alternative! 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Hard-Anodized Ceramic Cookware

Cuisinart Cookware 

Eco-friendly cookware!  Hard-anodized cookware is very popular and has been available as nonstick for several years.  However, in our “Best Nonstick Cookware” post (click here to visit), we cautioned users against assuming that hard-anodized nonstick cookware was safe.  In fact, many brands of anodized nonstick cookware have a Teflon-type coating. 
Good news!  One particular brand of Cuisinart cookware deserves special consideration, namely the GreenGourmet brand.  This brand of anodized cookware has a unique ceramic surface known as Ceramica.  Free of both PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), Ceramica could be an important advance in cookware technology. 
Cuisinart is making a strong case for eco-friendly cookware.  Ceramica nonstick cookware is water-based rather than petroleum-based.  Moreover, Ceramica hard-anodized cookware requires less heat to obtain the desired cooking temperature, thereby saving energy which is good for the planet and good for your wallet.  Also, the cookware handles are made with 70% recycled stainless steel.   Cuisinart ceramic cookware is even packaged in 100% recycled material printed with 100% biodegradable soy ink.

Recognizing the effort being made to address environmental concerns, we believe that a fair assessment of this promising brand of Cuisinart cookware is in order.  As is our standard practice, we only present products that have been reviewed by numerous users and have been rated 4 stars or better.  All of the ceramic cookware products listed below bear the GreenGourmet brand and are made with the Ceramica nonstick coating.  Snippets of quotes from satisfied users are included.

Hard-Anodized Ceramic Pans 


Nonstick Hard-Anodized Sauté Pan 

Cuisinart Nonstick Hard-Anodized Saute Pan
Hard-Anodized Saute Pan
The Cuisinart GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick Sauté Pan is truly a multi-purpose pan.  Like any good ceramic pan, it is ideal for searing fish or meat.  However, with a volume of 5 ½ quarts and tall 5 ½-inch sides, it is large enough for making stews and other all-in-one meals.  Oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, it comes with a cover so it could even double as a Dutch oven.  It is even broiler safe.  Some users complain about warping when the pan used on a flat electric cook-top; however, this effect can be minimized by using a lower heat setting.  Low heat is preferred anyway for GreenGourmet ceramic pans.

“. . . our family favorite for cooking.”

Cuisinart GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 5-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Cover

Nonstick Hard-Anodized Grill Pan    

Cuisinart Nonstick Hard-Anodized Grill Pan
Hard-Anodized Grill Pan
Just like the sauté pan, the Cuisinart Green Gourmet 11-inch Grill Pan is also perfect for searing meat or fish.  The anodized grill pan conducts heat very efficiently and therefore uses less energy.   It has a stay-cool handle.  One can easily sear meat on the stove-top and then transfer the ceramic pan to the oven to finish cooking.  Reviewers love it so much that they consider it to be a viable replacement not only for their existing indoor grill, but for their outdoor grill as well.   

“Allows you to grill without standing in the rain or snow.”

Cuisinart GreenGourmet 11-Inch Square Grill Pan

Nonstick Hard-Anodized Griddle

Cuisinart Nonstick Hard-Anodized Griddle
Hard-Anodized Griddle
Great for grilling long filets of fish!  The Double-Burner (10 x 18 inch) Hard-Anodized Griddle is perfect for making lots of pancakes/waffles.  Energy-efficient – this hard-anodized pan looks like a large cookie sheet with handles.  Please be aware that the stay-cool handles do get hot, but the whole pan is oven-safe to 500 degrees.  

“This was a gift for my wife, she loves it!!”

Cuisinart GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10 x 18-Inch Double-Burner Griddle

Nonstick Hard-Anodized Wok

Cuisinart Nonstick Hard-Anodized Wok
Hard-Anodized Wok

The Stir-Fry Wok comes with a glass cover.  Ideally, it should be used with relatively low heat.  Recommended by a professional chef, it does a great job with little or no cooking oil.  In fact, like all of ceramic cookware, the nonstick surface will last longer if less cooking oil is used.  Never use cooking spray on ceramic cookware!

“ .  . best one I have used for twenty years.”

Cuisinart GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12-Inch Stir-Fry Wok with Glass Cover

Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware Set 

Cuisinart Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware Set
Hard-Anodized Cookware Set
Get everything that you need at one time!  This 12-piece set includes ceramic sauce pans, a Dutch oven, a steamer insert, and several other hard-anodized pans – all the Cuisinart Cookware you need.  Save money and save the environment at the same time!  

“It's now been 8 months. We still LOVE these pans . . .”

Cuisinart GreenGourmet Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Piece Cookware Set

Specific Recommendations for Cuisinart Ceramic Cookware

Users are strongly advised to follow the instructions provided with each purchase of Cuisinart Cookware.  In addition, there are two specific recommendations that we have gleaned from the user reviews: 
First, GreenGourmet ceramic cookware needs very little heat in order to cook most items.  Continued use of high heat probably contributes to the negative experience of some users. 
Second, never use cooking spray on ceramic pans - use only a very small amount of butter or cooking oil.  Some users are able to cook certain items without any cooking oil whatsoever.  It is possible that adverse user experience is sometimes related to the use of too much cooking oil. 
In general, some negative experiences were reported for each of the GreenGourmet hard-anodized products.  Most likely, these negative reviews are due to either using high heat or too much cooking oil, or both.  Clearly, the vast majority of users are extremely satisfied with GreenGourmet ceramic pans.
FINAL NOTE:  Several users have mentioned that some retailers do not carry the GreenGourmet brand of Cuisinart cookware.  The best place to find GreenGourmet cookware is on Amazon, especially considering that the price on Amazon is much lower than elsewhere. 
Buy now on Amazon!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Choosing an Enamel Pot


Healthiest Cookware

Enamel kitchenware is the healthiest cookware on the market - the first choice when selecting any kind of pot is enamel.  By choosing an enamel pot, the potential toxicity associated with other nonstick cookware is avoided plus enamelware is easy to use.  Clean-up is simple.  All of the advantages of porcelain enamel were discussed in a previous post.  (Click here to learn more.) 
Enamel pots come in many styles and sizes, each with a particular functional advantage.  In this post, we discuss the attributes of each type of enamel pot, beginning with the traditional Dutch oven.

What is a Dutch Oven?

Lodge Enamel Dutch Oven
Lodge Enamel Dutch Oven

By definition, a Dutch oven is a large cast iron pot with a secure lid.  A Dutch oven is designed for both stove-top as well as oven use.  Occasionally, aluminum or other metal pots are referred to as Dutch ovens, but the traditional Dutch oven was cast iron and was often used as a campfire pot.  Obviously, these pots are heavy and that is an advantage – the heavy cast iron construction allows heat to be conducted from the bottom as well as the side and top of the pot.  Well-seasoned cast iron is healthy cookware.  There is actually a small amount of dietary iron that is provided by the pot.  However, an enamel Dutch oven is better from a nonstick standpoint.  Many kitchens have both types – a regular Dutch oven is not expensive and it can be complemented with an enameled Dutch oven.  Lodge is the preeminent brand – the best Dutch ovens are made by Lodge, whether enameled or not.  At the time of this post, 867 Amazon customers have written reviews for the Lodge enamel Dutch oven.  Check out this very popular enameled pot!

Lodge Color Dutch Oven

Lodge Logic Dutch Oven


Dutch Oven vs. French Oven  

Le Creuset Enamel French Oven
Le Creuset Enamel French Oven

What’s in a name?  Actually there is very little if any difference between a Dutch oven and a French oven.  Often a Dutch oven is of somewhat heavier construction; however, the specific brand is probably more important.  A heavy cast iron enamel French oven is a better pot than a cheap, light weight Dutch oven.  For some people, the origin is important and for them a French oven made in France is superior to a Dutch oven made in China.  But is it really?  In our opinion, the quality of an enamel cast iron pot is mostly due to having a heavy gauge of cast iron and, ideally, two coatings of enamel.  Le Creuset makes several popular models of a French oven.  See the flamboyant colors!

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron French Oven


What is a Cocotte?

Staub Coq Au Vin Enamel Cocotte
Staub Coq Au Vin Cocotte

If there is a single type of “enamel pot” that truly speaks of its origin, it is the cocotte.  What is a cocotte?  Simply put, a cocotte is a French oven or Dutch oven that is designed to provide self-basting.  That is, not only does a cocotte have a tight-fitting lid, but the underside of the lid has small round spikes or protuberances that allow moisture to condense and then fall back on the food below.  In reality, some models of Dutch or French ovens have the same feature.  Cocottes come in various sizes including the mini-cocottes that can be used for serving.  Staub cookware is made under the auspices of the most famous chef in France, Paul Bocuse.  You will love the rooster handle of the Staub Coq Au Vin Cocotte – check it out!

Staub Coq Au Vin Cocotte

Staub Mini Cocotte


Soup Pot

Le Creuset Enamel Soup Pot
Le Creuset Enamel Soup Pot

Still another distinctive feature of some enamel pots is the diameter of the bottom heating surface versus the top of the enamel pot.  For example, the Le Creuset soup pot has sloping sides with a bottom diameter that is about half that of the top.  Oven-safe, it can be used as a Dutch oven substitute.  When used on the stove-top, the difference in the bottom versus top diameter enhances the circulation of liquid.  With the top removed, the large surface area is really great for reduction.  A soup pot is typically smaller than a French or Dutch oven. 

Le Creuset Enameled Soup Pot

Bouillabaisse Pot  

Le Creuset Enamel Bouillabaisse Pot
Le Creuset Bouillabaisse Pot

A bouillabaisse pot must be much larger than a soup pot so that it will accommodate all of the various ingredients of a classic bouillabaisse.  The Le Creuset bouillabaisse pot has the same sloping-side design as the Le Creuset soup pot and therefore the same moisture recirculation advantage.  Reviewers claim that the recirculation characteristic actually makes the food taste better.  This pot is a fix-it-and-leave-it pot - you can actually use it as a stove-top slow cooker.  Or, it can go in the oven as a Dutch oven substitute.  Read the reviews and you will be impressed! 

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Bouillabaisse Pot

Enameled Cast Iron Wok 

Bodum Chambord Enameled Cast Iron Wok
Bodum Chambord Enameled Wok

Another type of enamel pot is the cast iron enamel wok.  In fact, any soup pot or bouillabaisse pot with a small heating surface relative to the top can be used as a wok.  When using a wok, meats and vegetables are rapidly cooked at a high temperature and the sloping side of the pot facilitates the process.  Enamel cookware is ideal for this operation and the Bodum Chambord enameled cast iron wok has won accolades from many satisfied users.  This just might be the best wok on the market!

Bodum Chambord Enameled Cast Iron Wok With Glass Lid

FINAL NOTE:  This post has focused exclusively on heavy-gauge cast iron enamel pots.  In another post, we addressed enamel stock pots.  By design, stock pots are made of lighter-gauge metal.  To learn more, please visit our enamel stockpot post.

Enamel Stock Pots