I found the Grail Of The Moment at Target last night. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Cheftmate enameled cast iron pot:
I was starting to seriously doubt if I really even needed an enameled cast iron pot after all, but there it was sitting all innocent and unchipped.
For those of you just tuning in the $40 Chefmate enameled cast iron pot at Target was ranked as good as (though limited to a single 5 quart size) a Le Creuset in a recent Cook’s Illustrated magazine. Combined with the great no-knead bread incident of late 2006 and the pots were quickly sold out. Checking back on the thread over at Chowhound and it appears the pots are reappearing on Target shelves, though the rumor is that they were only going to be stocked through the end of January 2007. Be aware that some people who spotted them at Target reported that the ones remaining on the shelf were badly chipped, which doesn’t bode well for the long term durability. I’m not a prolific cook and figure I’ll only be using my pot a dozen times a year, so I’m happy with the quality/price compromise.
How do I wash flour and dough covered towels without making wheat paste in my washing machine? at Ask Metafilter.
Jim Lahey was on the Martha Stewart show making the No-Knead Bread, and you can watch the segment here (fifth and sixth segments) and find the recipe here. Thanks to Sassy Priscilla for the link. (Cup and a half of water, in case you’re wondering.)
updated: Oh hey, they are offering it online now as well – Round Cast Iron Casserole Pot with Lid – Red: