Unfortunately, after a few years of service, the enamel had chipped in a few places and, truth be told, I wanted something less colorful. (We had moved into a new apartment where I shed my colorful kitchen past in favor of stark white!) A friend expressed interest in the pot, so I happily gave it away.
To replace it I decided on a white, 5.5-quart Le Creuset Dutch oven (or "French oven," as they call it). Knowing just how useful a Dutch oven could be, I felt ready to make the $240 investment in something (presumably) more well constructed than the Chefmate, and that came with a lifetime guarantee. I ordered the Le Creuset pot from Amazon.com, excitedly opened the box when it arrived ... and my heart sank. The lid was defective, excessively wobbly, and had a number of rust-colored stains on it.
The Amazon return process was painless but since then I have been plagued with uncertainty. Should I go with my initial plan of 5.5 quarts, or would 7.25 be more versatile? Or the 6.75-quart wide model? (It would only be used for vegetarian foods – no whole chickens or large pieces of meat.) And is Le Creuset really the way to go? My boyfriend is campaigning for a Sarpaneva pot and I love the form but it seems much too small. Decisions, decisions!
(Image: Emily Ho)