WIN a Staub cast-iron cocotte worth £329
It’s officially stew season! For your chance to win a 28cm cocotte dish in Staub’s latest colourway, Sage, enter the latest Good Homes Instagram competition… But first up, you may be wondering, what is a cocotte? Isn’t it just a casserole dish?
What is a cocotte dish?
Cocotte is the French term for what is also known as a French Oven or Dutch Oven. A cocotte dish is an enamelled cast-iron cooking pot that can be used for braising, baking, stewing, frying, sautéing and boiling. It’s similar to a casserole dish, but not quite the same, since casserole dishes may not be suitable for stove-top use. A cocotte dish is usually made from cast iron, whereas casserole dishes can be made from a variety of materials, but are often ceramic. The website dutchovenscookware.com explains the similarities and difference further.
The very first cast-iron cocotte designed by Francis Staub was made in the Alsace region in 1974 and Staub has since gone on to become the cookware brand of choice for many professional cooks and celebrity chefs. Culinary giant Claude Bosi is a fan, and Staub cookware is used by around half the Michelin-starred chefs in France.
The latest Staub cocotte
Staub recently added Sage to its collection of cocotte colours. Green shades for kitchens is a trend set to continue, with sage, olive and dark green kitchen cabinetry popular choices for both contemporary and classic kitchens. It can be confidently displayed on open shelving – another key kitchen design trend here to stay.
Now available in four sizes – 20cm, 24cm, 26cm and 28cm diameter – Staub’s round, cast-iron cocottes are durable and beautiful, making them the perfect oven-to-table choice. Each cast-iron enamelled cocotte can be used for numerous dishes, making them an ideal investment, or even a gift for someone setting up home.
Cast iron has great temperature retaining qualities, making it ideal for serving dishes straight from oven to table, or cold desserts straight from the freezer. Staub’s round cocottes are also the ideal shape for baking a homemade loaf.
Each cocotte has exceptional heat-retaining and distributing qualities, so there are no unexpected ‘hot spots’ and a completed dish can be transferred straight from oven to table. The lids have a unique matt black underside, featuring tiny spikes that collect and distribute flavour-filled condensation evenly (Staub calls this ‘Aroma Rain’), creating moist, tender dishes with no loss of flavour.
Staub cocottes can also be used as lidless pans on all types of hob, including induction models. Not only are they heat-resistant up to 240°C, they are also cold resistant up to -20°C, so they can be used in the freezer.
How to enter the Staub cocotte competition
Good Homes is offering readers the chance to win a Sage green Staub cocotte worth £329.
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