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I am a single person with a Staub 4qt and a Staub 5.5qt round cocotte. Should I return one or are there different uses for both these sizes?

MarleneDietrich | Dec 31, 201707:33 AM

I love the Staub matte black, so when I saw it in the 4qt at Sur La Table last week for $100 I immediately bought it. However, i was concerned that it might be too small for cooking certain things that I occasionally cook, like a small chicken or enough stew for a me and a guest (I almost never entertain more than one person).

But then I was shopping in there again a few days later and they had the Staub 5.5 in red on sale for $150! I couldn't pass up such a good deal, even though I don't like the red quite as much.

My question is, should I keep both of them since they were both such a good deal, or are they too similar in size to have different uses?

I have a tiny tiny apartment kitchen with very limited storage space, but I could find room for both if they were useful. I cook for myself everyday and I often make large batches of soups and stews and eat them all week and/or freeze them for quick meals later. I also would be using them to bake bread, maybe the 4qt would be better size for that? Is the 4qt too small to adequately make two servings of rice or would it just scortch in a pot that size? It might be nice to have a 2 3/4 qt cocotte instead if the 4qt for such things, but they currently cost more than the latter!

What would you do in my case? I don't have spare cash to spend on things that won't be used, but if they will both be useful I'm happy to keep both at those prices.

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