4 qt vs 5 qt vs 6 qt braiser


Cookware Braising

4 qt vs 5 qt vs 6 qt braiser

apfb | | Oct 21, 2007 12:08 PM

I'm looking to buy a braiser, 4 qt or more volume. For most homes (4 in our family), is 4-qt enough? Or, is it better to get a 5 or 6-qt one? A typical use for a braiser-- broil meat or fish under broiler, deglaze pan juices and then quick braise vegetables in same pan juices. I'd also like to roast a butterflied chicken in the braiser, then use the braiser to make gravy or other kind of sauce from the remaining pan juices.

I also really like to brown meat for stews, roasts, etc... under the broiler instead of on the stove top. It's less messy. Therefore, should I get a braiser with the longest diameter?

Main contenders:
- 4-qt Staub braiser
- 5-qt Le Creuset buffet casserole
- 6-qt All-Clad buffet casserole

Thank you for any suggestions.

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