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Great deal on the Vitamix 7500 at QVC...

The 7500 model is their special value for the day starting at midnight tonight. It's $469 with free shipping and comes with lots of free goodies. It's a great buy at that price and they also let you pay for it over 6 months at no additional cost. I have that machine from a previous TSV and love it.

Someone posted a link to the item and you can get the special price now before midnight. Lots of exclusive colors too. Hope it helps someone.

http://www.qvc.com/EMAIL.product.K401...

Aug 16, 2014
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Cleaning enameled cast iron

I've been using a cleaner called Earth Brite on my LC. It's fine French clay in a solid form that you use with a damp sponge. It cleans off everything and doesn't scratch at all and leaves them nice and shiny. It's also non toxic and food safe. I got it on HSN but I think Amazon sells it also. Smells great too in the original. After I wash the pot I use it to take off any discoloration left inside. It also takes off any spots on the exterior. I then wipe out the pots with a tiny bit of olive oil when they are dry.

Aug 12, 2014
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Private Staub & Miyabe knife sale on Zwilling site...

You're very welcome. I was wondering when the conversation would get back to enameled cast iron. Men and their knives - sheesh! Love all cookware items but for some reason knives just don't do it for me. Not into sharp pointy things!

You are going to need a hydraulic lift for that 12.75 qt. :-). I couldn't even lift the cover off of a similar sized round one in WS. I can't even imagine lifting it with food in it. Hope someone is VERY strong in your household and has a weight lifting belt :-).

Jun 22, 2014
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Private Staub & Miyabe knife sale on Zwilling site...

At one time, years ago, Amazon was practically giving Staub away at crazy prices. The 5.5 round with a square grill and the 9.5 iron gratin was $99! They also had LC at crazy prices with a get free iron pieces with your purchase, and 25% off a $100 purchase on top of that at one time. They had the 2 3/4 qt. soup pots for $59-$69. The 4.5 qt. round ovens with iron trivet to match for $89 and the 4.25 soup pots for $79. This all stopped when LC started cracking down on discounting. LC pulled their line from Bloomingdales because of their discounting, and also shut down Caplan Duvall in Canada because of it.

Those were the good old days....sigh!

Jun 20, 2014
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Private Staub & Miyabe knife sale on Zwilling site...

Some pretty good prices on Staub ovens with free shipping on most. I know there are many Staub fans here. Great sale on Miyabe knives too!

http://zwillingonline.com/private-sal...

Cleaning Outside of Le Creuset Dutch Oven?

I use Earth Brite cleanser. It's a solid natural clay in a tub that you use with a damp sponge. Takes off all grime on the inside and outside of the LC without scratching. No harmful chemicals. You can get it at HSN and Amazon has it too I think. The BarKeepers Friend powder will dull the finish if used too agressively. You might also try the Magic Eraser product, although they advise not to use on polished surfaces. Many do use it on LC with good results.

Someone on Amazon mentioned they used a copper scrubber with good results. I would think it would scratch but they said it didn't as it's softer than the enamel. Still, I would try the Earth Brite first. The original one smells so nice too!

Jun 16, 2014
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opinions on Mario Batali's cookware line

I have the 6 quart Batali enameled oven and while pretty at first it doesn't hold up like an LC. The enamel stains and the shine is gone. This woman did a comparison on her blog and you can see photos of them side by side after about the same use.

http://localkitchenblog.com/2011/01/0...

Jun 13, 2014
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New Le Creuset color, "Palm"

The matte white is pretty but I'm leary of cleaning the matte colors. It's a textured surface and will hold soil and stains more I think. If you try and scrub them off, although enamel is hard, you might end up making the area you scrub shinier than the surrounding matte surface. I do prefer shiny!

Jun 11, 2014
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Somehow I don't think these are the right Staub care instructions...

Can you translate what it's supposed to say? I'm sure it's not that...LOL!

Jun 10, 2014
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Somehow I don't think these are the right Staub care instructions...

This came up on the main page in Facebook for the LC and Staub user group. The Bing translations are hysterical. Someone should notify the local child welfare agency,,,,LOL!

Jun 10, 2014
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STAUB AND THEIR COLORS!

The Staub Elite line I believe was made for QVC. It was sold there years ago. Here's the product page for it.

http://www.qvc.com/Staub-Elite-Enamel...

The lid was made to rest on the handle of the pot. You can see a photo of it there. Has 4 out of 5 star reviews. They even copied the Coq Au Vin but there were complaints of the enamel chipping off the rooster and elsewhere on the pots. Other complaints there of manufacturing defects.

I do have a Staub rectangular grill pan, and two Staub oval roasters like the LC gratin pans. All the rest is LC, each in a different, pretty, bright color.

Jun 06, 2014
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STAUB AND THEIR COLORS!

It might be a Staub the way Fontignac is described as being Staub. I don't think it's under the higher end Staub line. Maybe they had another brand also under the Staub banner. The handles of the pot look like Fontignac.

Myself, I prefer LC. I had some new pieces of LC which I sold when I saw Staub. I had about 5 Staubs in dark, jewel colors and one Sunflower yellow. They were so ornate, and heavy looking in feeling, and weight, I had no desire to want to cook with them. One pretty Coq au Vin I don't mind but not all like that with their ornate lids and glazes .I sold them off and went back to LC.

I love the bright happy colors of LC, the light interiors, and the lower weight. I just don't feel like doing any spring and summer cooking in a dark maroon, or dark green pot with black insides.

I also don't like that interior ridge about an 1" from the top. I see they did away with it on some newer pieces. Some of the older Rachal Ray pieces have similar looking castings without the logo and the "made in France". That bothered me.

They are both beautiful cookware, and you can't go wrong with either, but my heart belongs to LC.

Jun 06, 2014
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STAUB AND THEIR COLORS!

That's not a Le Creuset or Staub piece. The cover doesn't even look like it belongs with the bottom. To picture it just imagaine the graphite color more white with the deeper gray rings and lettering. The graphite is a bit dreary and industrial. The white would be cleaner and crisper. The solid white looks too plain to me. They have a dark color with lighter rings and lettering in their eggplant shade. Just imagine it in a deep charcoal instead with the lighter highlights. The titanium was pretty but it showed every fingerprint and no highlights in that. Just a solid color.

Jun 05, 2014
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STAUB AND THEIR COLORS!

Staub should do a glossy chalk white with an underglaze of charcoal showing the letting and rings. I would be stunning. Sort of a white version of graphite with a bit of the same speckling. A glossy charcoal black would also be stunning with an underglaze of light gray beige. Those two would be so awesome together and would mix well with any of their other colors, as well as their matte black & graphite. So sophisticated and would look great with any food color!!!

Jun 05, 2014
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Does anyone else find the presets on the Vitamix 750 Pro less useful than they thought?

You can't walk away when making a frozen dessert as you need the tamper most times. If you start with hot liquid you can't walk away when you make a soup or it will be at a fast boil. You can't walk away when making a puree as you might want it a different texture. You don't need to walk away when running the blender for cleaning. About the only preset you can walk away from is the smoothie one, but I found it ran longer than needed. Stop it when you don't see anything spinning around. No problem, but I didn't find the presets useful at all. When you have some experience, you don't need to figure out how long to run it for!

May 17, 2014
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OrGREENic Cookware?

There seems to be several versions of these pans of different quality. Someone said they had all three of them. I wouldn't buy from this company. TjMAXX has a lot of the Italian Moneta pans just in. They are the company that originated ceramic cookware. They are $20 for a 9" and $25 for the 11" frypans and they are gorgeous. They have the Symphony ones and the Total White ones. The same coating as the Ceramica Pro that's VERY espensive. I think the 10" is $120 on Amazon.

These also have an icon on the handle that shows up when the pan is at 140 degrees and then they tell you to turn down the heat to save energy.

You can see them at the website www.moneta.it.

May 17, 2014
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Bernedes Signocast nonstick cookware...

I have a chance to get a wok at a crazy price that's the Bernedes Signocast coated with Autograph 2. Does anyone have any experience with this cookware? Thanks!

May 16, 2014
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EXCEPTIONAL 'NONSTICK' COOKWARE

Cooks Illustrated recommended the T-Fal Professional line. Is the Ultimate another line? T-Fal said their pro line was their top line. I was going to buy the Pro one but there are over 100 1 star reviews on Amazon. They say the center of the pan is raised which causes an oil placed in the pan to pool around the edges. Some also mentioned the coating coming off and flaking after a short time.

I just picked up a gorgeous Moneta 10" ceramic fry pan from Italy at TjMAXX yesterday. It's from their Symphony line and was only $19.99. It's a higher end pan with gorgeous Italian design, and usually much more.

May 15, 2014
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New ceramic nonstick cookware

Does anyone have experience with this coating? The Cerastone cookware gets pretty good reviews and higher end stores are selling this brand. It's great not to have to worry about the chemicals in regular nonstick. Anyone use one of these pans more than 6 months?

May 06, 2014
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simple request - nonstick small pot

Amazon has a 3 qt. T-fal one for $17.87. 182 almost perfect 5 star reviews. Also a smaller 1.5 qt. Cuisinart stainless for $14.95, but not nonstick. There are several there that aren't part of a set.

http://www.amazon.com/T-fal-A8572494-...

May 03, 2014
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Vitamix- Models/Prices- help please

I researched all the models and bought the 7500 also. Got a great deal on QVC. I had the 750 and returned it. I didn't find the presets useful. The presets are just timed programs and if you use hot liquid to make a soup it will process too long. The puree is one time and you might want it coarser of finer. The smoothie preset isn't useful to me. Just start it on 5 and move to ten and stop when you don't see any small pieces spinning around. The frozen dessert setting you still have to be there to use the tamper, and the wash cycle is ridiculous. Just turn it on for 10-15 seconds and you're done if you use it at all.

When they demoed a machine on QVC that just had timed settings and no variable speed they always turned it off before the preset time.

Apr 26, 2014
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New stainless line from Le Creuset - looks just like their cast iron!

I don't care what they sprinkle them with as long as the price is right :-)!

Apr 23, 2014
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New stainless line from Le Creuset - looks just like their cast iron!

Well, those prices aren't too cute either. Too much money for all these fancy smancy pots. There's aluminum in that middle layer, not silver!

Apr 23, 2014
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New stainless line from Le Creuset - looks just like their cast iron!

Mikie, you can see the line and prices here.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/le-creu...

Apr 22, 2014
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New stainless line from Le Creuset - looks just like their cast iron!

I have no idea why it's better except that someone posted here that it resisted pitting and scorching better. I know nothing about this except I got a notice of it in my in box this morning. I just liked the look of it. I didn't think any stainless could compete with cast iron for slow steady heat.

Apr 22, 2014
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New stainless line from Le Creuset - looks just like their cast iron!

I think with this line they might have a better chance of taking on All-Clad. They have a lot of features the AC line doesn't have like better steel and pouring spouts. If they can get the price down some they have a chance, as their name is just as prestigious as AC and these look very nice and are distinctive. It says in the photo above that they are made in Portugal.

Apr 22, 2014
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Crazing on Staub Frying Pan

Why not contact Staub and show them the photo and see what they think. It doesn't look too bad. Don't know if it's normal or not. I know it's not scratches as on this type of finish the scratches show the white under glaze layer.

Apr 22, 2014
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New stainless line from Le Creuset - looks just like their cast iron!

This is a mirror image - actually it really is as it's polished stainless - of their iconic cast iron design. So cute except for the price.

Apr 22, 2014
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More Le Creuset?

I would onsider the 6 3/4 qt. wide oven or the 3 1/2 qt. braiser. Both are very versatile, useful pieces. The 5.5 round is too close to your soup pot and oval oven in size.

Mar 09, 2014
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What pot to use for braising for 1 or 2 people?

I would get the LC 3.5 low wide. I'm one person and it's the pot I use the most. It's perfect for 1-3 people and it's not as large as the 3.5 braiser which I also have. It's much more useful than the 1.5 qt. braiser. I do chicken and turkey breast in there all the time with veggies and it can be used for soup which the braisers can't, and great for making smaller servings of almost anything. I tried making the same sized breast in the 3.5 braiser but it didn't come out well as it was too large. The 3.5 low wide oven will be perfect for you! Same capacity but a totally different shape.

Feb 28, 2014
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