Basix by Staub Enameled Cast Iron 6 qt. French Oven

Basix by Staub Enameled Cast Iron 6 qt. French Oven
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Cast-iron construction ensures this 6-qt French oven provides outstanding results every time. Heating quickly and evenly, it's perfect for browning, braising, reducing, or caramelizing--and it goes right from oven to table to keep food warm. From Basix by Staub.

  • Two layers of external enamel
  • Oven safe to 500F
  • Enameled, cast-iron construction
  • Measures 12-1/4"L x 9-3/4"W x 4"H
  • Hand wash
  • Lifetime Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Made in France

About Staub

The Staub family business was launched as a cookware store in 1892 by Francis Staub’s grandfather, Auguste Waldner, in Alsace, France. After a brief foray into acting, the charismatic Francis decided to change professions by taking over the family business. In 1974, he purchased a nearby cast iron plant and Staub cookware was born. As the company grew, so did its acquisitions. Now over thirty years later, the company stands as the undisputed leader of culinary cast iron in France.

Used by some of the most celebrated chefs in the world — including Paul Bocuse, Thomas Keller, Jean Joho, and Joel Robuchon — Staub cookware combines the traditional with the modern. Its design is so technically advanced that it actually helps to enhance the flavors of the dish.

There are numerous factors that make Staub cookware unique in its design. To start, its black matte enamel coatings make it indestructible and highly chip resistant, plus it keeps it from discoloring. The cast iron cookware retains heat beautifully, keeping the dish warm long after it’s been taken out of the oven or off the stove. Heat is also distributed evenly, making food more consistent in texture and taste. The special ceramic bottom allows for use on all types of heating surfaces. In addition to having these technical merits, its attractive appearance means the dish can go straight from the stove to the table.

Francis Staub is directly involved in designing and creating all pieces in the line. Following an extensive design and testing process, a patent is obtained on that particular item of cookware. During its manufacturing, a sand mold is made for every cast iron piece and then destroyed after the cookware is created, making each Staub piece unique unto itself. The entire production process for each item takes a full working day.

Staub Faqs

Why cast iron?

  • Retains and redistributes heat for long periods of time
  • Perfect for “slow cooking” meals
  • Perfect for beginners and professional cooks

Why Staub enameled cast iron?
Because of its outstanding performance, Staub is used and praised by the most celebrated chefs around the world. Staub cookware features a number of benefits:

  • Self-basting spikes underneath the lid ensure continuous, natural basting
  • Highly durable construction
  • Chip-resistant black matte enamel interior doesn’t require seasoning
  • Does not discolor or rust
  • Ready to use immediately
  • The more you use it, the better it gets — oils used when cooking will penetrate the pores of the matte enamel and create a natural, smooth, nonstick surface.
  • Special smooth ceramic bottom usable on all heat sources
  • Decorative solid brass and stainless steel knobs

Why is Staub cookware so heavy?
Staub cookware is made from the best cast iron in the world. Naturally cast iron is heavy, but there are many other benefits to using enameled cast iron for your cooking needs:

  • Even heat distribution that prevents burning
  • Slow cooking at low heat temperatures intensify the flavors
  • Retains heat for long periods of time to keep food hot from the oven to the table
  • Heavy lid traps moisture and flavors inside the pot for better tasting meals
  • Bottoms will not warp and will remain flat to ensure even heating

What kind of utensils should I use?
Staub recommends using plastic or wood cooking utensils to avoid scratching the enameled surface.

What are the small bumps underneath the lid for?
Those bumps are Staub’s specially designed self-basting spikes. These spikes ensure continuous, natural basting. They equally distribute the flavorful juices directly back onto the food, not down the sides. Using the Staub Cocotte will guarantee that your meal reaches its maximum flavor potential!

Can I put my Staub cookware in the dishwasher?
Yes, but Staub advises against heavy use. Since Staub is one of the highest quality pieces of cookware you can buy, it’s best to take care of it with care and protection. Following our care and use instructions will guarantee beautiful Staub cookware for years to come.

How do I clean my Staub cookware?
Detergent soap and water will clean your pots effectively. It’s best to avoid using other abrasive cleaners or sponges to on your Staub. For heavy residue, Staub suggest soaking your pot in soap and water until the food lifts from the surface.

Why are there brown stains on the bottom of my pots?
This is natural and occurs as a result of the cooking process. Most of the brown stains can be removed by gently scrubbing the interior with a non-abrasive cleanser. Thankfully, the black matte enamel will camouflage any stains that do occur!

Will the enamel surface chip?
No. At Staub, they use technically advanced, black matte enamel that is more resistant to chipping. It was originally designed to withstand the demands of heavy restaurant use.

While Staub’s black matte enamel is highly resistant to chipping, the enamel can chip if your pot is dropped on a hard surface. Also, be careful of thermal shock when heating your pans.

Does Staub need to be seasoned?
No. All Staub products are enameled on the exterior and interior. Staub uses technically advanced black matte enamel on all of their products, which does not need to be seasoned.

What are the benefits of black matte enamel versus the shiny enamel?
Staub’s black matte enamel is highly indestructible and provides better cooking results. Over time, your Staub pot will slowly season itself, as oils used when cooking will penetrate the pores of the black matte enamel, which will cause it to brown, braise, and reduce better!

Is Staub nonstick?
The black matte enamel surface is not nonstick. Using oil will prevent most sticking, yet there still may be sticking that helps to brown, braise, and reduce your meals better. After some time, Staub pot will naturally create a nonstick surface on the bottom that you get from seasoning a piece of rough cast iron.

However, if you would like your Staub product to have an immediate, nonstick surface, you can coat the surface with vegetable oil and heat it on a low setting. The oil will penetrate the pores of the matte enamel and create a natural, nonstick surface.

What temperature should I cook on?
Staub suggests cooking on medium heat and decreasing from there. Because of the heat-retaining properties of cast iron, it’s not necessary to cook on high heat. But if you do decide to cook on high heat, be sure to bring your pan slowly to a high temperature to avoid thermal shock.

Yes. Staub cookware can be used on all heat sources, including induction. Products with the black matte exterior are coated on the bottom with blue ceramic that will protect your delicate surfaces.

Do the handles and knobs get hot?
Yes. All of our knobs are either solid stainless steel or brass that can withstand temperatures up to 600°F. So, handles and knobs will get hot! Please use caution when handling your Staub cookware and use appropriate pot holders.

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K13773 - Basix by Staub Enameled Cast Iron 6 qt. French Oven 4.9 5 90 90
Professional French Oven, a Winner We purchased this French oven a few years ago and have used it tons - in the oven and on top the stove and it has been a winner every time. It is great for lamb, chili, stews and anything you could think of on the stovetop. In the oven it is an all time winner; great turkey breast, roast , duck, fish and venision. Clean up is a breeze. I give this FIVE stars. I came back and bought a different color, my first was blue and also got the periwinkle as QVC was discontinuining and If anything happened to my first, could not be without a backup. QVC keep carrying Staub --- a 5-Star product. 04-23-10
I just love this french oven !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bought for myself one about 2 months ago....I just love it... The quality of this French Oven can't be beat.....either can the price for that matter. I use it on the stovetop, in the oven, serve in it at the table....It is a beautiful and every thing I cook in it comes out so well. It cleans so easily, even the toughest baked on foods clean up with very little effort. I just bought one for my sister for her birthday today...I know she will love it too!!!!! 02-28-10
This is the best pot I own - I recommend it highly This is the best pot I own, I love everything about it. I have two other smaller Staub pots (and one more that I purchased for my brother who is an excellent cook), yet this 6 quart is the absolute best. I purchased the lavender pot, and I wish there were another choice other than brown because I'd buy another pot right away. I hope QVC gets new colors of this pot, into its inventory, very soon. 02-28-10
Love This French Oven!!!!! I absolutely LOVE this dutch oven!!!! I have it in Yellow, and it is soooo pretty. I just made Julia Child's boeuf bourguignon, first searing the meat and then cooking it on the stove top for 3.5 hours and it was absoulutely DELICIOUS. My boyfriend is still raving about it and he cannot wait until I make it again. Cleanup? Not a problem. I just used hot soapy water, no scubbing necessary at ALL!!! Came out like new. I also made Italian wedding soup in this pot, same thing, came out GREAT and easy clean up!.. I highly recommend this pot, plus when not in use, it is proudly displaced on the open shelf in my corner hutch because it is just soooo pretty to look at. Prettier than the Le Creuset and at more than half the price!!! You cannot go wrong with this dutch oven. 02-24-10
This Pan is Wonderful!!! You can't beat the value of this French Oven pan. It is a dream to clean and browns beautifully. I use it all the time and just love how evenly the food cooks. 02-08-10
i'm in love! my husband bought me one 2 years ago...it's the greatest! I have made pot roast, chili, lasagna, baked spaghetti, and more...I have even used it to fry chicken! It cleans up so easily, the lid keeps everyting moist and seals in the flavors...I'm in love with it! I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys cooking! It would be the gift that never gets returned! 01-31-10
Can't Be Beat! The weight, quality and price can't be beat! I use mine weekly and love the ease of self basting and super easy clean up~~food comes out perfect and the temperature stays constant with an electric glass top burner. I like the Staub line so much I have given three as gifts!!!! I wish QVC would offer more of their products~~pleeeze! 01-29-10
Our go-to pot! We have the 4 qt Staub Enamel cast iron and WE (my husband and I) BOTH LOVE IT. PLEASE, can you make it in an 8 quart!!!! It cleans easily, cooks evenly. I've roasted a chicken, made chicken soup, chili, etc. etc. It's fantastic. BUT I WANT ONE IN A LARGER SIZE. Also, and very importantly, the handles are all oven-proof (as opposed to some other brands.) I have 2 LeC models and the Staub cooks just as well. Not as pretty, but pretty enough for the price! (Please make an 8 quart.) 01-29-10
Good value for an excellent cooking pot! I just made braised short ribs in this french oven, and they turned out fabulous! The meat turned out tender and delicious due to even heat distribution and a tight lid with little "squiggles" on the inside surface of the lid to let the steam condensation drip back onto the food. Clean up was so easy: just a quick swish with a sponge. Why pay 3 times more for the fancy French brand when this Staub works just as well? 01-29-10
Actually love the color........ I went back and forth on this one having a round 5 l/2 qt Le Creuset......but, really wanted an oval. Found this too late to get my first color choice....HOWEVER! I chose the Lavender and am I happy with it or what?! It leans more towards a purple with a subtle gradation of the lid's top from a dark lavender to a dark purple at the edge...very nice touch. The quality is there. I went over it with a fine tooth comb. Did find two of what 'looks' like nicks at the top of the base's edge but they were glazed over so won't be a problem.......this is handmade so a bit of character never bothers me. As a matter of fact, my white $230.00 LE arrived with subtle black streaks.....very light ones or I would have sent it back.....I'm assuming the person who carried it from one place to another rubbed it against something......again......doesn't bother me. I really do recommend this line of Staub. The price is great! 01-15-10
Exceptional quality I just received my French oven and have already used it for many recipes such as Coq au Vin and Pot Roast. Both recipes turned out perfect and very flavorful. Clean up was a cinch! I can aleady see this item as indespensible in my kitchen, there are so many more recipes I can now do with one pot for stovetop and oven. Very heavy item, which assures a tight fitting lid. I got the lavendar color, which is lovely. Highly recommended. 01-09-10
Absolutely LOVE this I use this all the time - it cooks evenly and cleans up so nicely! 01-05-10

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