The Staub family from the Alsace region of France sold cookware since 1892 and began manufacturing its own products in 1974 when Francis Staub acquired a nearby cast iron factory. One-pot meals, such a “Baeckoeffe” (a lamb shoulder, pork, and vegetable stew) or “coq au vin” have long been a tradition in the Alsace for which a heavy dutch oven or covered casserole is ideal. Known as a “cocotte” in French, the Staub company has taken the dutch oven concept to the next level, and today’s Staub cocotte is so advanced that it actually helps to enhance the flavors of the dish. Celebrated international chefs including Paul Bocuse, Thomas Keller, Jean Joho, and Joel Robuchon rely on Staub cookware in their kitchens.
There are many factors that make Staub cookware unique in its design. Firstly, the interior black matte enamel coating will neither react with food nor affect the taste of cooking food. It is also highly chip resistant and will not discolor. The surface finish also is coarse enough to resist sticking when browning or searing. Then the heavyweight cast iron offers an unequaled ability for heat retention, which is ideal for low-temperature stews and braising. This also keeps the dish warm long after the cocotte has been taken out of the oven. The cast iron retains heat and transfers it evenly throughout the pot, thus making food more consistent in texture and taste.
Another important design element is the lid. It is quite heavy and fits very tightly which prevents moisture from escaping the cocotte during cooking in the oven or on the stove. Not only is all the moisture retained inside the pot, there are multiple small spikes extending from the underside of the lid that allow for evaporated moisture and juices to condense and drip back evenly over the food for a self-basting effect. The cocotte lid is topped off by a solid brass or stainless steel knob that is oven safe up to 500°F.
The underside of each cocotte has an extra smooth blue enamel finish that helps protect delicate cooktop surfaces. The cocotte may be used on all cooktops, including induction, and is oven and broiler safe.
In addition to all of the cookware’s technical merits and cooking performance, its attractive appearance allows the cocotte to go from oven to table in high style. Multiple coats of enamel ensure exterior durability and chip resistance. Available in a large assortment of vibrant colors, the coats are applied in a way to enhance the depth of color with a bright, glossy shine. The cocotte is available in both round and oval styles, and each is available in multiple sizes. All are made in France and backed by a lifetime factory warranty.
In June 2008, the Staub company joined the international German group of Zwilling J.A. Henckels known for its cutlery, kitchen utensils, and flatware.
In closing, when you choose Staub for your kitchen, you can have the confidence that you are using top-quality cookware, also used by leading international chefs, which will give you a lifetime of service and satisfaction.