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Mario Batali 6-Quart Italian Enamel-on-Cast-Iron Essentials Pot, Persimmon


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  • 6-quart pot made of cast iron with porcelain-enamel interior and exterior
  • 2 looping side handles ensure safe transport to and from the oven
  • Self-basting spikes on interior of close-fitting lid; cast stainless lid knob
  • Washing by hand recommended; oven-safe up to 500 degrees F
  • Measures 13 by 13 by 7 inches; limited lifetime warranty

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 7 inches ; 16.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 17 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AAYDJO
  • Item model number: 0-49010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,196 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Mario Batali 6qt porcelain enamel cast iron essentials pot is a traditional and strong material, perfect for low heat cooking. Retains heat better than any material, including stainless steel and aluminum. Equal distribution of heat will eliminate hot spots, allowing you to cook the most delicate dishes. Cast stainless lid knob. 16 page cookbook included. Available in persimmon.

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And the clean up was very easy.
Renee Gleason
I also own Le Creuset, and I have to say that I feel this Mario B. pot is a much better buy.
D. Saunders
I've made soup and stew so far with great success.
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Renee Gleason on January 3, 2006
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I received this pot for Christmas (but in the Espresso color--BEAUTIFUL) and I absolutely love it!! It provides very even, steady heat and only requires a low flame to keep its heat. The enameled coating is great. It browns beautifully with minimal sticking and the light color allows you to see the fond very well (little brown bits on the bottom of the pan). The braising spikes on the lid are a bonus as well. To my knowledge Le Creuset does not offer those on their pans. I love the size, too. It is very roomy, but not so mammoth that you cringe having to lug the pan out. And the clean up was very easy. I have always wanted a pan like this but could never afford the hefty price tag of the Le Creuset or the Staub. I am so grateful to Mario Batali for coming out with such a wonderful product at such a reasonable price. I am usually skeptical of celebrity cookware, but this one is a true gem. I can't wait to try some of his other cookware.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Candida Eittreim on October 1, 2006
Having had a 4 quart Le Creuset dutch oven for over 20 years, I was looking for the larger size, but just couldn't justify the price right now on Le Creuset in the 6 quart size. I happened to catch the Amazon ad on the Mario Batali, and immediately went to the reviews to check out what my fellow Amazon reviewers thought of it. Priced at $64.99 it seemed too good to be true.

After reading the reviews I went ahead and ordered the dutch oven in persimmon. To my delight this pan more than fulfilled my expectations based on other reviewers opinions. The color is gorgeous!. It is a hefty pan that more than stands up to Le Creuset in most areas. The smooth enamel lining over cast iron is slow to heat, but once ready it cooks evenly and with a minimum of sticking. Spraying the interior with a light coating of PAM avoids most of the sticking problem. The enamel allows me to cook the tomato based pasta sauces I love, which require long slow cooking, without interacting with the tomato acids.

The lid is tight fitting, creating a good tight seal needed for slow braising of tougher cuts of meat. Coq au vin, chicken and dumplings or a fine cacciatore can all comfortably be created using this high quality cookware. Based on my experience with this particular pan, I am going to purchase a larger one for homemade soups, which normally in winter I start early in the morning and simmer all day. Just set it on low after the initial medium setting to sautee your vegetables, add your stock, lower the heat, and cover.

Clean up on this pan is very quick and easy. You must let this pan cool completely before washing to prevent warping-the only drawback to this cookware. But once cool, anything that may have stuck is easily removed using hot sudsy water.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Nut on November 11, 2005
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I am a big fan of Le Creuset cast iron enamel cookware, so I never thought I'd buy a dutch oven of any other sort. A salesperson at a Sur La Table store recommended this item, saying it was "amazing" and "an incredible value". No surprise it was sold out in all SLT stores in my area, so I ordered it from Amazon (do yourself a favor and save the sales tax...with the free shipping it was a no-brainer).

It was with some skepticism that I opened the box, but when I did: wow! In terms of construction and weight, it is indistinguishable from Le Creuset. It's even manufactured in the exact same manner (cast from an individual sand mold). The quality is excellent, and I absolutely LOVE the color. If you own a lot of Le Creuset, you start to get tired of the same colors (blue, flame, red, dune...).

I made a slow-braised ropa vieja last night, which turned out beautifully. I am thrilled with this purchase!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Cabushka VINE VOICE on October 27, 2006
I am so disappointed in the enamel finish on this pot. It looks like a factory second. There are three small pits in the white finish on the inside bottom of the pot that collect cooking debris and make cleaning difficult. The outside finish is irregular and bumpy looking and the top edge of the pot has some irregularities. I would send this back, but have gotten rid of the box. I wish I had spent the extra money for the Le Cruset.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Prudent Buyer on October 28, 2006
I own two such pots, one Le Cruset and one Mario Batali. I purchased my Mario Batali on sale for $69. At $69, it a great deal. At $99+ it's okay. By comparison, the porcelin finish seems thinner as does the side walls of the pot itself. The finish is not quite as fine as the Le Cruset. The transiton from bottom of the pot to the sides is much sharper on the Batali as opposed to the more curved transition of the Le Cruset. Thus, the transfer of heat up to the side wall isn't as effective and heating isn't quite as even. The lid fits well and is very efficient. None of the issues I pointed out will likely hurt the performance of this pot for you. This all being said, if you are looking for a good performer at a competitive price, It's a very good choice. It's a better choice on sale though.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Doyle on January 31, 2007
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This 15 lb. unit rates, apparently, rates quite highly for it boasts of several features not found in units costing well over twice as much. Features such as:

1) HEAVY enameling over interior & exterior. Sharp bones posed no problem as does a hard scouring w/ "firm green pad". Enamel didn't chip when the dome lid was dropped onto a very hard tile floor.

2) Dome lid is impregnated with "spikes" to provide a means of self-basting when droplets of fluid condensation/evaporation fall back into the pot. A well accepted function.

3) Three plastic inserts which, when draped over rim of pot, will suspend inverted dome from touching oven thus preventing scratching the enamel when stored.

4) Withstood 500 degree temperature without realizing any loss of performance.

5) Even heating throughout. No dead spots.

6) Washes easily and does not stain after eight uses of tomato based recipes.

7) Heavy cast iron keeps food warm for quite a while w/o any heat induction. You may enjoy warm second helpings!

8) I will consider this item as a gift to my serious cooking friends and wish I had bought this unit earlier than I did. Very pleased!
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