Staub’s Essential Oven: Design

Whether you’re a beginner learning to boil pasta or a seasoned bread baking pro, every home cook needs a Dutch oven. With its sturdy cast iron body, convenient handles, and substantial lid, the versatile cookware is not only perfect for braising, steaming, baking, or frying, but it also makes a gorgeous serving vessel once the cooking is done.

And if you’re on the hunt for a high-quality pot that is just the right size for quick and easy one-pot meals, we’ve got good news. Staub, the popular French brand known for its enameled cast iron cookware, just slashed the price of its Essential Oven by $250 at Sur La Table.

The 3.75-quart oven feeds two to four people, making it a great option for smaller families looking to make weeknight meals. Its durable cast iron body holds heat for hours and comes pre-seasoned so food doesn’t stick to its surface. Additionally, the pot’s gently sloping sides make it easier to stir and scoop dishes like risotto and congee, while its tight-fitting lid has a special textured pattern  that keeps braises and bakes from drying out.

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Along with its thoughtful and ergonomic design, the Essential Oven has the good looks to take it from stovetop to tabletop. The pots’ durable matte-enamel finish won’t discolor, rust, or chip, and comes in seven different hues, like Truffle, Cherry, and Graphite.

Sur La Table shoppers who have bought and used the Essential Oven say they love the size and shape of their pots. Many write that they cook with it daily, calling it “indispensable.”

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“I love to make chicken mole in this pot,” one said. “The lid really keeps the chicken basted and the mole sauce stays thick and flavorful without any reduction happening through steam release. Lift the lid to a perfectly cooked dish every time.” Another added that they keep it on their stove top at all times since “it’s too pretty to put away.”

Staub’s high-quality cookware can be pricey—the Essential Oven typically costs $429—but right now it’s just $179 during Sur La Table’s latest cookware sale. What’s more, the retailer has thrown in free ground shipping. Get it now before the price jumps back up.

Staub Essential Oven

To buy: $179 (originally $429); surlatable.com

This story originally appeared on Food & Wine.

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