If you’re talking about fancy French cast-iron Dutch ovens, Staub is a name that comes up quickly and rises to the top. The shiny, enameled cookware is handsome on any stovetop, but devotees will say the Staub difference is underneath the lid, which has small, so-called moisture spikes built in. These create a self-basting situation, keeping your braising meat or stew as juicy as possible (which is especially ideal if you’re learning how to cook, now that most of us are stuck inside and have time to cook). You can also bake no-knead bread in a Dutch oven of this size. And right now, this four-quart, cherry-red, round Staub cocotte — the fancy French term for a Dutch oven — is just $100, the cheapest we’ve ever seen. (According to the manufacturer, the list price for this model is $414, so that’s over 75 percent off.)
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