Best Soup Pot? Shape and Band?

dogitniceFebruary 17, 2008

I want to get a big heavy pot for the purpose of making soup that will simmer for two hours. I saw a beautiful pot by Straub that has a larger circumference rather than height. It is about eight quarts, cast iron and glazed in an aborigine color. Just beautiful. Because the emphasis is on width rather than height I would like to know if that matters. I am an inexperienced cook but I like to try and have made this soup before. I also have been advised to get a hand held 'smasher' (do-not know what else to call it) and would like suggestions as to brand and what to look for.

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Dogitnice

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lindac

I'll bet you meant aubergine rather then aborigine...but they often are the same color! LOL!
A wide soup pot is wonderful because when the heat source is on the bottom the stuff in the pot stays at a more uniform temperature.
Hmm....hand held smasher...? Do you mean a hand held blender? or a potato masher?
Linda C

    Bookmark   February 17, 2008 at 9:15PM
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dogitnice

Thanks Linda, so much for spell check! OK a wide soup pot it is!

I do not mean a potato masher. The purpose would be to puree the vegetables in the soup. What would be the best way to do this?

Thank you,
Dogitnice

    Bookmark   February 18, 2008 at 3:10PM
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antiquesilver

Stick blender.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2008 at 7:59PM
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dogitnice

Any brand suggestions for a stick blender?

The pot I had in mind is a Staub, it was on sale and sold out this morning! I wonder about other brands of iron pots for slow cooking--any suggestions? Is it worth spending the money for the Staub? Rachel Ray and Emeril brands have put out iron pots that are a lot cheaper.

Thank you,
Dogitnice

    Bookmark   February 18, 2008 at 11:44PM
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lindac

staub is worth it....as is Le Cruset....
Don't know about RR nor Emeril...
But once you buy a good cast iron enamel ware pot, you will be hooked.
I hear Lodge makes a good pot as well.
Linda C

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 12:20PM
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danab_z9_la

Descoware (made in Belgium) is almost the equivalent to Le Creuset (made in France) in quality and durability. The manufacture of Descoware enameled cast iron cookware was discontinued in the seventies. However, sometimes you can pick up great bargains for this vintage cookware on Ebay.

Dan

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 5:10PM
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