why this product

Since its founding and invention in 1974 by Francis Staub, the Staub line of cookware has become a legendary staple in the kitchens of Michelin-starred chefs and home cooks. The large cooking surface and high sides of this universal pot are ideal for many cooking methods, including frying, sautéing and searing as well as braising and slow simmering. The heavy, cast iron construction creates a stable piece that maintains temperatures for even cooking. The bottom of the pot has been enameled in order to create a smooth surface that is safe to use on any cooktop, including sensitive glass induction stoves. Inside the pot, the black matte enamel coating is completely food safe, extremely durable and highly resistant against chips and discoloration. These pans are available in three colors: dark blue, grenadine, or graphite grey. Its accompanying lid comes from another acclaimed name in cookware: Pyrex, known for heat-resistant tempered glass. The domed glass sits tightly on the pot and allows you to check in on your food without having to remove the lid, keeping all the moisture and flavors right where they need to be—mingling and marinating throughout your ingredients. When your dish is ready, the beautifully enameled exterior of your cocotte, made in the traditional manner from a blend of glass and powdered pigment, goes smoothly from kitchen to table. If cared for properly, Staub cookware will last longer than a lifetime and may be passed onto future generations for many more delicious meals.

use & care

Remove all packaging and labels and wash with warm soap and water before first use.  Cooking tips: The grill pan is oven safe up to 500°F/ 260°C. The Pyrex glass lid is oven safe up to 425°F/ 218°C. For best heating performance, match up the burner size to that of the base of the pan. When adjusting the burner flame, be sure to not let the flame extend along the walls of your pan. Keep handles positioned away from direct heat.  Since cast iron holds heat extremely well, we recommend pre-heating at a low temperature and then heating up gradually to your ideal cooking temperature. The black matte enamel can withstand any food or marinades, but rings and stains may appear inside the pan. These stains do not affect the performance of the product. These are due to the fat and seasonings in the food penetrating the pores of the cast iron. Caution: Always use oven mitts when touching a hot pan, including the handling of lids and handles, as the cast iron will become hot. When removing the lid, be sure to angle the lid to direct the steam away from you to prevent burns. Never place a lid on a hot burner as this could damage the lid. Never place your cookware in the microwave. Over time, the lid knob may become loose—simply tighten with a screwdriver. Never leave an empty pan on a hot cooktop or in an oven, and never let it boil or cook dry. This can quickly lead to irreversible damage to the base of the pan. Don't place your cookware in the microwave. The use of metal utensils or knives is not recommended for use on this product, as this could potentially damage the enamel. We recommend using silicone or wooden tools to prevent the interior enamel from scratching. Cleaning and Maintenance: Always leave a hot pan to cool down before cleaning it. The extreme difference in temperature between the hot pan and colder water may cause the pan to crack or break. Clean the pan with warm water, liquid dish soap and a soft sponge or brush. Dry completely to prevent water spots. Although this pan is dishwasher safe, we recommend hand washing to prolong the beauty of your cookware. When washing the pan, avoid banging it with other dishes and hard surfaces or putting it too close to other items in the dishwasher, as this could cause chipping or scratching. Completely dry your pan before storing. Refrain from using metal brushes or scouring pads as these will damage the enamel. Interior Black Matte Enamel: It is advisable to soak the pan in water and dish soap (all night if necessary). Then clean with a soft cloth, sponge or soft brush. Do not use oven cleaners, as they will permanently damage cookware. If stubborn stains or food scaling persists, we recommend the use of one of the following methods:  1. Clean by boiling a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water within the pan for a few minutes.  2. Clean by boiling water and 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda within the pan for a few minutes. 3. Clean with non-abrasive cleaners and a soft brush or sponge. These cleaners can also be used to clean the exterior enamel as well. Storage: Do not stack your pots and pans on top of one another without protection. This can cause abrasions and scratches to your cookware. To protect the enamel from scratching/chipping, place a towel or cookware protector between each item.

production & design

Staub cookware is produced in France using traditional, handcrafted methods, aided by modern technology and precision machines. A designer creates the shape of the pan using specialized computer programs. Sand molds are created, as this is the only material that is able to withstand the 1400°F (760°C) of the molten iron. Once the iron has been poured, cooled and set, each pan is hand-sanded with a deburring machine. This individual attention assures that the handles, curves, lines and other details of the pot are smooth to the touch. A final polish in the shot blasting machine (like a sand blaster, except with water and metal) completes the polishing process and prepares the pan for enameling. Colored enamel, which is a mixture of melted glass and pigment, is evenly sprayed onto the cast iron pan. The colored pans are then fired at 800°F (427°C) in order to permanently affix the glass enamel to the iron body. 

about the designer

Staub Cast Iron Universal Pan (4 Quart)

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Enameled cast iron universal pot with domed glass lid. Ideal for frying, sautéing and searing as well as braising and slow simmering. Heavy cast iron maintains temperatures for even cooking. Made in France since 1974. Fry Pan and Grill Pan also available.

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    12" in diameter x 7" high with cover on (30 cm x 18 cm)
    Pan is 15" wide with handles (38 cm)

    Weighs 9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)

    Enameled cast iron
    Heat resistant tempered glass

    Made in

    Key points
    - Heavy enameled cast iron maintains temperature to cook food evenly
    - Elevated ridges on the bottom of pan help to sear grill marks into steaks and other foods
    - Black enamel coating is food safe, extremely durable and highly resistant to stains and chipping
    - Clear domed Pyrex glass lid allows you to check in on food as it is cooking without moisture and flavors escaping
    - The cookware of choice for notable chefs and restaurants since 1974

  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283978

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  • International orders may experience possible delays and take longer to arrive.
  • We accept complimentary returns within 14 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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