- Carl Sagan. Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. I'm very familiar with both Le Creuset and Staub. This vendor has several pieces of Griswold cast iron for sale at very competitive prices, all are Buy It Now. For maintenance, no. Granted, I've never hit/dropped the knob on the edge, but it doesn't seem close to failing. Heat Source-Ceramic Hob, Electric Hob, Gas Hob, Grill, Oven safe, Induction hob Thus, I think of Le Creuset as the "Mercedes-Benz" and Staub the "BMW" of cast-iron cookware, albeit we're talking French cuisine as opposed to German technology. For an additional cost, Le Creuset does offer stainless steel knobs (also oven safe to 500 degrees), but you're paying extra, compared to Staub's standard knobs. ... Signature Stainless Steel Knob. The silver ones are safe to 500 and are less than 25 dollars to switch yourself. 2-1/7-inch replacement knob designed for use with all Le Creuset cookware Durable phenolic construction with black surface and smoothly rounded edges Round, flat shape offers a secure grip for confident handling Oven-safe to 375 degrees F; assembly screw included for simple installation Measures approximately 2-1/7 by 2-1/7 by 1-2/5 inches My glass was full! For overall cooking, yes. There, Le Creuset sells for around the same price as Staub's retail pricing. However, most sales associates and friends/neighbors recommended Staub over Le Creuset, because of Staub's self-basting spikes under the lid (in most of their products), lustrous finish quality ("majolique" coloring and glazing process), standard higher-temperature knobs, and slightly less price-point than Le Creuset. Both Staub and Le Creuset claim that their interior coatings are non-stick. I completely agree. Le Creuset stainless-steel replacement handle. There are those who say: this glass is half full. SIDE NOTE: I've found that having a stainless steel sink is ideal for cast-iron cookware, because it's less likely to chip the cookware's enamel, than in a cast-iron or composite sink. Since 1974, Staub has evolved from their earlier utilitarian-looking cocottes to highly-sophisticated cooking vessels. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Free Shipping - $99 Minimum $18.00 - $24.00 ... and is safe at any oven temperature. But then, for the bread, which is the only real high-temp application the thing gets, I always wrap the phenolic knob in at least 5 or 6 layers of aluminum foil. And it was a bigger glass! Yes, it's easy to get replacements. Medium. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. I suspect that when they started using those knobs, they never imagined that people would be baking bread in an oven using an enameled cast iron Dutch oven with the lid on. Admittedly (and perhaps foolishly), I felt more assured with higher-end cookware compensating for my lack of experience, which I thankfully found to be the case. I just came across this Le Creuset pot and lid on ebay with the loop-type lid handle. David A. Goldfarb's Food Photography on flickr, David A. Goldfarb's Academic Work and Writing. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? But, as far as my regular, workhorse pieces of cookware in the very big sea of cookware pieces that I own and have owned since the 1970s, the ones that stand out are my Staubs (18-plus pieces), my gorgeous Vermicular cookware (Japanese- similar to Staub), and my wonderful and solid Serafino Zani-Karen model (Italian) stainless steel cookware that I've had since the early 1990s and thank goodness was introduced to us here in Los Angeles way back then. I replaced all of the knobs immediately after purchase. The durable, nonreactive interior enamel promotes caramelization, resists staining, and prevents sticking to make cleanup easy. I just noticed this one and the seller has. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. Whereas, privately-owned and larger Le Creuset has successfully continued their French country style, since 1925. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven, 5.5 qt., Cerise 45% larger handles that provide a sure grip, even with oven mitts. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but those are the facts. I don't think so. As it was I bought the metal handles at the same time as I got LC pots. Along with this and not surprisingly, I’ve noticed a bias towards Le Creuset... they’ve earned their reputation. As a NYC and Florida interior designer, I spent most of my working life drooling with lust and envy at my clients' $75K - $300K kitchens. In an earlier post I mentioned finding Descoware lids on ebay for LC pots with the same dimensions. While the price difference between the two is nominal, I've now collected over 30 Staub pieces, thereby saving considerable dough (around $1K), in buying mostly Staub's cookware. April 17, 2011 in Kitchen Consumer. I have to say, I dont get why Le Creuset uses phenolic resin handles. I think if I ever get another piece of Le Creuset cookware I'm going to add a stainless handle right away. The 4.7cm size fits our cast iron lids up to 22cm in diameter, while the 5.7cm knob fits those from 24cm in diameter. The long handle is contoured for a secure grip, and the extended helper handle offers added control. Steven A. Shaw aka "Fat Guy"Co-founder, Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, email@example.comProud signatory to the eG Ethics codeDirector, New Media Studies, International Culinary Center (take my food-blogging course). I've also bought several Le Creuset pieces, like their double-burner grill, double-burner griddle, and ceramic cookware, mostly because of aesthetic preferences, and am very pleased with their performance and quality. I've seen the replacement knobs available at Zabar's and such places. And here's a casserole on ebay with the loop handle. Made from cast iron for even heat distribution and superior heat retention, with a tight-fitting lid to help retain heat, moisture and flavor. By I love all of my Staub pieces, but some of my favorite pieces are the small black fish plate (fabulous), Moroccan tajines (2 sizes), tiny graphite gray 3-quart sauce pan, cocottes, black mini braiser, and my two 16cm rice pots. Fat Guy, A Tennesse hillbilly, I grew up around some of the best Southern comfort food, this side of Paris (France). I think that's right. This includes retail, clearance, and special incentives. There is some false information in this article. Le Creuset is for people who like colors. I use a dutch oven at least 4 times a week at 450F. Much of Le Creuset's products come standard with a Phenolic knob (oven safe up to 375 degrees), where Staub's nickel and brass knobs are oven safe up to 500 degrees... big difference when moving a French oven (cocotte) from stove to oven.
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