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Best enameled cast iron cookware?

Pretty certain will be purchasing a Staub sometime soon - trying to find a sale or ebay buy. Anyway, purchased an Ikea oval dutch oven more than a few years ago on clearance for $35 and been happy with it. Flipped it over last week to see where made and discovered France. The underside of lid has rounded nubs, and the interior is a black porous finish that required initial seasoning with oil and milk, of all things. At same time purchased their clearance priced cast iron fondue set for $12 also made in France with exact same materials as the dutch oven. Anyone have any idea which company constructed these items? Anyway, no chipping, dutch oven is amazing and sears wonderfully, lid fits well and no knobs, lid is one fused piece with handles flared out to the side. Will be interesting to compare it to a Staub when I make the purchase.

Apr 10, 2010
nikey in Cookware

Question about Rowe Farms

Was just looking at the Rowe Farm website again, specifically at the section on egg production. It does not say that their eggs are from caged hens. It says that "conventional commercial" eggs, that is those that do not claim to be organic, come from 4-5 hens in a single 18"X18" cage. On the other hand, it says that their (Rowe Farm) chickens "have free mobility and access to food within a large indoor facility." Again, I hope this helps.

Feb 26, 2010
nikey in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Question about Rowe Farms

Don't know if this is helpful but a couple of years ago received a pamphlet on many green initiatives in Ontario, and there were a couple of pages devoted to Rowe Farms. The owner, Ken Rowe, explained that he does not let the chickens outdoors because of Avian Flu concerns. Perhaps some of you have more info than this, but thought I would pass it along, for what it's worth.

Feb 26, 2010
nikey in Ontario (inc. Toronto)