This Pan Is a Dutch Oven, Skillet, and Stockpot in One — Here’s My Honest Review of It
It’s a wok! It’s a stockpot! It’s a Dutch oven!
I learned a long time ago to try to avoid unitaskers in the kitchen. Why take up drawer space with an object that exists solely to slice avocados when a knife will do the trick, right? For some reason, though, it never occurred to me that some of my cookware pieces were little more than one-task wonders.
As I outfit the kitchens in my former Airbnbs with the things folks may need for a stay of a month or three (which is what I’ve pivoted to in the time of COVID-19), it’s worth giving another look at what I think is necessary — especially with the limited space and storage in both these kitchens. So when I saw the three-piece kit (an anti-set) from Proclamation Goods that promised to be basically everything in one, I was intrigued enough to give it a try.
We’ve been using it for a few weeks now, making everything from stir-fry to short ribs, so I finally feel ready to share a review. Let’s take a look!
Buy: The Proclamation Duo, $395 at Proclamation Goods
What Comes in The Proclamation Duo?
First, what is this “anti-set,” as they call it? We’re talking about an oversized (seven quarts) stainless steel pot, a 12-inch skillet, and a lid to fit them both. Even if nothing else, getting away with one lid (always a storage issue!) rather than two is a step in the right direction. But the fun part is that the pot and skillet work together to create a Dutch oven, too! Fun, right?
The skillet comes in stainless or carbon steel; we opted for carbon, honestly, for the novelty. You can treat it like cast iron, and use it on the grill or in the oven, but it’s what they call “low-stick.” Unfortunately we skipped over reading instructions and treated it like it was nonstick out of the gate. This material requires seasoning, so save yourself some frustration and properly season it. (The Proclamation Goods site gives guidance on two options: stovetop and oven seasoning.)
How I’ve Been Using The Proclamation Duo
This set (sorry, anti-set) has been quite a workhorse, caramelizing vegetables and crisping tofu nicely. I’ve been grabbing it a lot to use with my teen niece, who’s living with us and learning to cook.
I give the skillet props for its versatility, but it’s the big pot that is worth the cost of admission here. I love that you can use it as a wok because that’s one gadget missing in our kitchen. We cooked up some noodles and veggies in a stir-fry as part of a Goldbelly and Stephanie Izard Duck Duck Goat cooking class, and it was perfect. It heats up quickly and evenly, is tall enough to contain a pretty good amount of the splatter, and cools off quickly enough to be able to wash it soon after.
When it came time for short ribs we tested out the funkiest feature, where you flip the skillet upside down and lock it to the pot. Voila! Dutch oven. It totally worked and, bonus, the skillet was nice and hot and ready for cooking one of the side dishes when it came out. And everything cleaned up surprisingly easily.
I’ve also used the pot for something as basic as boiling water and making pasta, and it’s tall enough that you could use it as a stockpot.
I know what you’re wondering: Were there any downfalls? The carbon version of the skillet is fairly hefty, at almost six pounds (the stainless one is lighter), so be prepared before you grab it — especially if it’s loaded with food. The Duo is also only available online, so you can’t check the pieces out in person before you pony up. And there is some sticker shock; the pricing for The Duo starts at $379.
If this truly lasts generations like the company says — and the brand does offer a lifetime warranty, so it looks like they’re standing behind it — and especially if you’re starting out and don’t want to buy a giant set, The Duo could definitely be a worthwhile investment.
Have you tried this set? What’d you think?