Who doesn’t like stew, soup, and sauce? Well most of us love a stew in winter and steam vegetables in summer. Whenever we imagine a sizzling steak, it comes with a cast iron braiser. On a lighter note, I always have a legendary hero holding cast iron braiser in hand standing by a campfire. Well, when it comes to the use of cast iron skillet are also commercially used. When I was deciding to buy skillets and braisers, I found some good quality top brands.
Along with this, I have also compared the other materials with cast iron and find out some very reasonable arguments for choosing cast iron over other available options. The most important of all is the chemical-free quality and durability. They can last for ages if uses properly with care. It also retains heat, and this is something wonderful. Now they are available in very elegant colors. So one can customize the color according to the color scheme and interior of the kitchen.
While choosing the best-cast iron Braiser, we come across several options available in the market. Choosing a suitable one turned out to be a herculean task as a result. Few basic things need to understand before buying a Braisers.
These things are; the difference between common skillet and braisers, available size in braisers, and quality. Usually, low-quality braisers have a cheap coating and it peels off and sometimes enters into the food. This can be harmful to health.
Therefore, keeping my effort to choose the best and customized braisers for the kitchen and research on the said topic has compelled me to pen down all the necessary information. This would be a guide through your decision about the selection of kitchen material.
How the best cast iron braisers should look like?
The Braiser is a wide pan with a tight lid. Braising is a typical cooking method. Where food is browned and then the liquid is added to it to make it tenderer and finish cooking. For braising the food, typically Braiser is used. It is shallower than the Dutch oven. Its slides are sloped with a wide cooking surface.
The lids are mostly of glass and sometimes they are made of the same material. Its lid allows the moisture to retain in the pot which keeps the food warm. Its shallow place allows for searing without even simmering. Most of the Braisers have looped handles which make them easy to carry.
They are also a durable and high performer. The cast-iron braisers are versatile and they are used in both stove and oven. Nowadays, braisers are available in attractive colors and designs. This is why they can be used directly on the table straight from the oven or stove. A good braiser has a tight-fitting lid. Therefore, before buying a braiser along with the quality, size, and color; the tight-fitting lid should also keep in mind.
1. Tramontina 80131/050DS
Cooking and food are directly linked to health. It is said that “You are whatever you eat”. Cheap cookware or Braissers usually have chemicals and they are hazardous if get mixed with the food. Tramontina cast-iron braisers are known for their best quality and eco-friendly material. Its surface is free from harmful heavy metals. So yeah! You can cook food at high temperatures without any fear of food poisoning with the chemical.
The Tramontina cast-iron braisers are well fit for an electric oven. Excessive heat has no damage to braiser or food. It also has side handles which make it more manageable. Tramontina Braiser can be used on gas, electric, and hot plates. However, it shouldn’t be used in an open fire, otherwise, its enamel gets damage.
Why I keep this braiser at the top of the list is also because of its double color. The white inside of the brasier makes it easy to monitor the browning process of food. While its colorful exterior looks aesthetically pleasing. Currently, it is available in blue and red in color. Both colors keep the pot clean by monitoring whether the vessel is clean or not?
Here I am enlisting the pros and cons of Tramontina brasier.
2. Le Creuset Signature
With 5 quarter capacity, the Le Creuset signature enameled round braiser is everyone’s favorite. It is a favorite by many because of the high quality. One of my friends has replaced her old braiser with Le Creuset, and she is delighted though she has paid a high amount. According to her, every single penny is worth this braiser as it is very comfortable to cook in it.
It has high quality cast iron. It can be used on gas, oven, hot plates, and electric stoves. Apart from these, the best part about this braiser is its quality that allows the use on the outdoor grill also. This quality makes it more favorite among many other braisers that are not good to use for an outdoor fire.
Le Creuset has a dome-shaped lid. Braising this lid is very helpful. This lid locks the flavor by keeping the juices and vapor of the meats inside the vessel. The tight lid tenders the meat and makes a tasty homemade stew (well! My mouth is watering).
A little care during the washing and temperature maintenance can save the braiser for a lifetime. The best part is, it can be washed either in a dishwasher or through hands. Its durable enamels don’t chip easily. However, it should not be submerged in cold water if it is hot.
Le Creuset signature brasier has a larger handle as compared to other brands. It gives a grip while cooking and roasting. While below is the list of the pros and cons of this braiser.
3. Lodge EC3CC43
The lodge is preferred by many for its more size option and less price. Most often, it has noticed that low price vessels and pots also come with low quality. However, this is not the case with Lodge EC3CC43 Braiser.
It has solid cast iron that provides retention of heat. It takes time to heat up but afterward it spread the heat evenly to the whole of meat or vegetables etc. This will help you evenly browning the food.
The Ledge with a 3.6-quart capacity can be used for braising, cooking, roasting, and baking up to the temperature of 500 oF. Similar to many other braiser lodges 3.6 quarter can also be used on gas, hot plates, electric stove, and ceramic. However, they are not suitable for an outdoor fire.
It has a tightly fitted lid that can lock the moisture inside the pot and preserve the taste. The two layers of porcelain enamel in Lodge is non-reactive to the food. So they can sustain at high temperature without affecting the food.
Another point that makes it the best choice of the low price range is that it is easy to washable. It can be washed in the dishwasher as well as manually.
Here is the list of why you should or shouldn’t buy this braiser?
4. Bruntmor BR-SC205:
In this fast-paced life, most of the youngsters are living in a single room apartment with little space. Usually, there are two-person or partners and they need a suitable braiser that can fit in their place while full-filling needs.
Well! If you are one of the above mention groups then Burntmor is an option for you. It is a very good option to cook food for two or one people. It has a 3.8 quarter capacity and 12 inches in diameter. Due to the small size, it can be easily adjustable in the small electric oven.
Its interior is white. So you can easily monitor the browning or cooking of the food. It has high-quality enamel that is durable and cracks resistant. However, a wooden or fiber spatula should be used to prevent any scratches or early damages.
The porcelain enamel of the braiser is metal-free. So yes! You can cook food without poising it. Its knob is stainless steel, which is oven safe. This braiser can be used in gas, electric stove or a hot plate.
The best thing I adored about this little braiser is its vibrant colors. it can be used for cooking as well as serving on the table. Its large loopholes make it easy to serve.
5. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 1.5-Quart Round Braiser, Marseille:
Le Creuset is an expensive brand but its products are never down from the list of favorite kitchen accessories. Most of the chefs also used this along with this it is also used in home kitchens.
Le Creuset signature 3.5 quart round brasier is enough for a small family of two persons. Its cast-iron takes some time to heat up like Lodge braisers. But then they spread the heat evenly to the whole food. Along with this, its tight and fitted lid helps the meat to tenderized evenly while maintaining flavor.
Its enamel is perfect for daily use. Its thick layer of porcelain is scratch resistant. However, it is preferable to use a wooden or fiber spatula on cast iron vessels to avoid scratches.
Le Creuset signature 3.5 round braiser has heat retention quality. But it can also use for cold food items. I own this braiser and sometimes, I freeze food in it and then serve in the same braiser. Its colorful exterior also makes it suitable for serving on the table.
Like other Creuset items, this one also comes with a lifetime warranty. It is also easy to clean as it is also suitable for the dishwasher.
Here is the list of why you should or shouldn’t buy this braiser?
6. Le Creuset Signature – 3.5-Quart Round Braiser
Just here to tell you guys that being bored while you cook is now obsolete. With this multi-colored Le Creuset round braiser, you have two amazing things in your kitchen. You and your Le Creuset round braiser. Not only does it lift your mood while you flame that meat but the cherry red color makes your taste buds ready for what is coming.
This multi-functioned piece of cooking ware lets you serve what you cook the very instant you feel like you have cooked. It is not only an oven-safe and a stovetop expert but it also allows you to take off the lid and directly on the table.
This is for those who feel like the kitchen is a place of service and not of keeping the waste. With one less vessel to clean and an additional hotplate for you, it makes the cleaning easy for you. Speaking of cleaning I think your dishwasher has already washed your multi-colored Le Creuset round braiser. I know you thinking that you didn’t even get your hands wet on this one. Well yeah, it has your back on this one as well.
7. Crock Pot Artisan
Ever wondered what cooks the best meat? Yeah of course aside from you! It is the Crock-Pot Artisan 5 quart enameled cast iron braiser. There are a lot of things that you are looking for and this has. From holding high amounts of liquid to broiling vegetables and sauces this wonder does magic.
There is no pot without a lid but rest assured the lid that covers the Crock-Pot, Artisan, 5 quarter enameled cast iron braiser enables a lock process to maintain the steam levels whereas not allowing the extra meat to escape the lid. Moreover, it uniformly distributes the steam vapors over the food so that you can have hot and sizzling food anytime you crave it.
Solid cast iron construction is the engine behind the taste. It not only ensures durability but also procures a uniformity in the division of heat when it comes to cooking those steamy heat steaks for you and your family. It ensures that the division of heat takes place in the most uniform manner and allows every itty bitty piece of the meat to be a wonder for your taste buds. The distribution of heat is a complex mechanism thereby putting the durability of taste at risk. Here is where the porcelain enamel coating over cast iron comes in. it not only makes the taste durable but also ensures that the maintenance is hustle free for you.
8. Amazon Basics Enameled Casserole Braiser, 3.3-Quart:
Amazon 3.3 quarter casserole Braiser is perfect for a family of 5 to 6 people. It can be used for baking, braising, roasting, and cooking. Most of the people who are using it, like this braiser for its one-stop pot solution. Like you can cook anything in it.
It comes with a matching lid and loop side handles. It is quite heavy partially due to its size and partially due to its same material lid and handles. Its heavyweight somehow makes it difficult to slide in and out of the oven.
Its cast-iron is free from harmful chemicals. So yeah! You can cook in it without worrying about chemicals entering into the food. It can be used for marinating food and freezing it.
This brasier is suitable for all cooking surfaces like gas, electricity, fire, and hot plates. However, it should be used carefully to avoid scratches.
One thing necessary to mention is that it is not dishwasher safe. So you have to wash it manually.
Here is the list of the pros and cons of this beautiful product.
9. Cuisinart Cast Iron Chicken Fryer Braiser, 12-Inch
ver wondered what makes a vessel the vessel? Yes! I know it is always the excellence in what it does. Cuisinart Cast Iron Chicken Fryer Braiser has a 12-Inch diameter with a Cast Iron construction.
This construction enables a long-term heat retention mechanism through the uniform distribution of heat within the vessel. The lid enables a strong and pretty neat distribution of heat within the container thereby allowing you and your friends to enjoy a juicy piece of meat. When it looks so good, it stands its ground for a long time as well.
The Porcelain enameled exterior ensures a long time of durability whereby ensuring that the taste remains untouched by the taste imparting of the vessel. The versatile design of the vessel ensures that it is as fit to be used as are your taste buds. It is safe for stovetop, oven, and broiler safe. It is quite easily manageable it can be washed in both the dishwasher and by hand.
Size chart to find out the best Braiser for you:
|1-1/2 Quarter||If you are a family of 2. This is a suitable size.|
|3-4 Quarter||If you are a family of 4-5 people. This is the size you need for your braiser.|
|5 Quarter||For a family of 6-8 people, 5 Quarter is the perfect size to cook food.|
As a person with good taste buds, I have often found myself experimenting with a lot of vessels that have made me continue this journey. I have found myself in the kitchen playing with my vessels more than many times. As I was looking for what makes food the food I want to eat I had to go through a lot of research by going out there in the field. With Covid-19 barging on our freedom of movement I think most of us would be handicapped from this privilege.
Keeping this in my mind I thought why not ensure that you guys get the best of what I had to go through and make sure that you don’t regret that decision of yours.
All these vessels have been handpicked by me and have personally been in my or someone whom I have known kitchen. Giving you an analytical context to what it takes to make a decision I have tried my level best that you get the best out of your decisions. Of course! The optimization processes have to be taken whilst keeping the necessities into consideration.
These decisions should be made in accordance with your kitchen needs. Your kitchen is a beautiful place that has a strong impact on your mood and the rest of the day. Therefore when you think about making your life beautiful make sure that you complement that with beautiful, tasty and healthy food.