Staub's Darling Cast Iron Pumpkins Are Perfect for Fall Cooking — and They're on Sale Now
If the cooler temps and shorter days — and the fact the autumnal equinox is approaching rapidly — weren't signs enough that fall is coming, the sales on pumpkin products should make it apparent we're shifting seasons. So now is the perfect time to take advantage of sales for these ultra-cute cast iron pumpkin cocottes from Staub.
Staub is renowned for its enamel-coated cast iron that does everything from simmers and boils to braises, bakes, and sautés any of your favorite dishes. The outside of this fantastic heirloom-quality cocotte is a high-gloss enamel finish. The interior looks like regular cast iron but is indeed Staub's proprietary enamel-coated cast iron with a textured matte finish. It's designed to promote browning and make sure meats and veggies develop as much flavor as possible. But it's easier to wash and maintain than most cast iron pans.
The 3.5-quart dutch oven comes in four colors — burnt orange, matte black, white, and green. The white has been so popular already it's sold out on Staub's site, but it's available at Williams Sonoma, where Basil, a deep, sultry green, is an exclusive color. Each cocotte has a coordinating golden pumpkin stem that acts as a handle for the lid.
The dutch ovens are also available in a 5-quart size in the classic burnt orange enamel finish.
But if that weren't cute enough, Staub also has petite pumpkin cocottes that are great for serving individual portions of soups, stews, even desserts, and they will look just perfect on your autumn-themed dining room table or china display.
Buy it: Staub Ceramic Stoneware Pumpkin Cocotte, $24.99 (originally $50); Zwilling.com
The 16-ounce cocottes are ceramic stoneware, not cast iron. But they can absolutely go in the oven if you want to bake individual servings. You can freeze in them if you want and then put them in the oven to warm up or finish baking. The bottom (but not the lid) is even microwave safe.
"There are so many things you can do with these cute little dishes. They are so versatile because they can go in the freezer, oven, microwave (not the lid) and into the dishwasher for easy clean up. I've had mine for at least five years and they still look shiny and new," one reviewer wrote.
These pumpkin cocottes have already been incredibly popular this year, selling out in recent weeks, so go ahead and snap them up lest you regret not having the perfect pumpkin pot for serving your favorite fall soups and stews. Now, what to make first?