Here at Food Network Canada, we love a multi-purpose kitchen workhorse pan. Whether it’s for making a big batch of pasta sauce or sautéing Chinese greens, everyone has that one go-to pan in the kitchen can be used for just about everything. So when iconic French kitchenware brand Staub announced their Daily Pan was coming to Canada, we knew we had to get our hands on one to test out and see if it really could be used daily. Read on for everything to know about the Staub Daily Pan, including our honest review.
What is the Staub Daily Pan used for?
Staub claims their Daily Pan is the “ultimate multi-tasker” that can sauté, fry, braise and steam. It has high-sloped sides (similar to a wok), can hold 2.7 litres and both the pan and lid are oven-safe up to 500°F. It can be used on all stovetops, including induction.
What is the Staub Daily pan made of?
The pan itself is made in France out of cast iron, with a textured black matte enamel interior and a shiny enameled exterior that comes in Black, Cherry, Dark Blue, Graphite Grey, Grenadine Red and Ice Blue. It also features a heavyweight glass lid.
How do you care for the Staub Daily Pan?
The pan is dishwasher-safe, but Staub recommends hand-washing. You can remove stubborn stains by soaking the pan in hot, soapy water for a few minutes, but Staub doesn’t recommend soaking the pan overnight. They also advise against using steel wool, steel scouring pads, harsh detergents, bleach and abrasive cleaners, as they can all damage the surface of the pan.
How much is the Staub Daily Pan?
In Canada, the Staub Daily Pan retails for $430, but is currently on sale for $200 via Zwilling.
What we love about the Staub Daily Pan
The enameled cast iron
There are a lot of things to love about this pan, but a major highlight was the way the Staub signature heavyweight enameled cast iron distributed heat evenly. Unlike other cast iron pans we’ve used, it was able to brown meats and veggies really nicely without sticking. It’s hard to achieve that level of char with other “everyday” pans, and the Daily Pan did it with ease. Plus, it was super easy to clean, another factor that sets it apart from other cast iron pans.
The high-sloped sides
Most of the other “everyday” pans like the Our Place Always Pan and the Ninja Foodi Possible Pan tend to follow a similar, flat-bottomed format. We really loved that wok-shape style of this pan, which made it ideal for stir-frying, sauces, and everything in between.
The glass lid
It seems like a no-brainer, but a glass lid allows you to see what’s going on inside the pan even when it’s covered. Whether you want to see if your veggies are steamed to perfection, or what stage of simmering your sauce is at, it’s a small detail that makes a big difference.
We’d be remiss not to call out how gorgeous this pan is. It’s no surprise since Staub’s signature is their timeless look, but this pan really can seamlessly transition from stovetop to tabletop, since it’s such a beautiful serving vessel. Beyond that, it’s also the kind of pan you’ll have forever, since it’s made of such sturdy material.
What we don’t love about the Staub Daily Pan
The pan’s handle is made of the same enameled cast iron as the rest of the pan, and while we love how it conducts heat so well while cooking, it also means that the handle conducts that same heat. While cooking, we always had to use a tea towel or oven mitt to touch the pan handle, which was a bit inconvenient compared to other everyday pans.
By far the biggest con of this pan is the weight. It weighs in at 7.26 pounds, and that’s when it’s empty. When it’s filled with a heaping portion of fried rice or saucy pasta, it’s a lot closer to 10 pounds, which becomes unwieldy quickly when you’re trying to lift it or pour things out of it. We couldn’t lift it with one hand, which added an element of difficulty while cooking. Of course, the cast iron construction of the pan that we love so much comes with a price, but it’s something worth considering before making the investment.