I just received this 7 quart Braise & Grill the other day. The lower vessel is completely fine inside and out. However, on the lid, on the lip of the lid, there appear to be several sections of chipped enamel. I've attached a few pictures (I hope they posted, I had issues the other day in another post).
I already received a discount from The sellar because there was a slight blemish on the lid's exterior enamel that I noticed after I received the cookware. So the entire Braise and Grill 7 quart cost $175. It is not too late to return the entire thing for a full refund... but keep reading because my post gets even better :-)
When I called the seller the other day and requested some cash because of the exterior blemish on the lid, I was fully aware of the chips on the lid lip and at the time... did not think there was anything wrong at the time.
I've read quite a few post here about chipping. Well I am normally an OCD personality, I realize this is a fantastic bargain at $175.
1. I know staub uses a base coat on the cast-iron first. So based on the images, is this a chipping of the base coat on the lip of the lid? or is this an additional layer of enamel over the base coat?
2. since the chips are on the lid lip that would sit above the food when the lid is on, do you think there's a probability that the enamel could ship even worse while cooking?
My final thoughts:
If that is cast-iron exposed, I have no problem with keeping a coating of vegetable oil on those spots when I'm done cooking. My main concern is chips that get into the food.
Finally, I have seen a lot of images of Staubs posted for sale on websites including Amazon, and a close-up view of the lid lip often exposes what appears to be chips in the enamel.
Mainly looking for a sanity check.
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