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I've been using a stainless steel Dutch oven for my entire cooking life, and was surprised at how much lighter this one was. I love the pouring spouts! I saw at least one review that mentioned moisture escaping from those spouts. That's the beauty of it -- it is adjustable. If you want some steam to escape (for most things you do want that) you just align the part of the lid seal that has holes in it. If you want to keep the moisture in, you align the lid with those holes away from the spout. I've only used it twice so far and it was perfect in every way. Highly recommend.
Although this pot is well made, as are my other Calphalon pots, I was disappointed with the fact that this one lets all the steam out of the pouring spouts while the food is cooking. Even though it has a wide silicone rim, this does not prevent the moisture from escaping right out of the spouts. I also found the walls of the pot to be not high enough to catch splatters. Still, I will use this pot for certain purposes, but not for simmering foods which will certainly dry out due to all the moisture escaping. An improvised remedy was for me to use the Bizanzzio Extra Large Silicone Lid that I had purchased from Amazon, as this extends over those darn pour spouts, but it is still not like having a tight fitting lid...
This is the perfect size chili pot!!! An excellent Calphalon style too. I will be purchasing more from this set. My other pans are Calphalon but these seem better in some way. I love the pour spout!!! It was pricey but as a whole, Calphalon always is. I could have gotten this somewhere else with a discount coupon but when you pay tax, it ends up about the same. Amazon's quick shipping is always a plus. Only caveat, the lid is extremely heavy, pan is just right! Just be aware of that!!
This pan heats up fast, and is a joy to use. Big pasta eaters in this house, and this is the pan to have. Two different sized drain features. One for spaghetti and one for larger pasta (ie) rigatoni or penne pasta. Great product.
We shopped around for a while for a Dutch Oven and this one was a great choice. We looked at a porcelain coated iron unit, but it was super heavy and not non-stick. This unit has a glass lid which is very nice, but it also has a silicon seal around the lid for a secure fit. Cooks evenly and clean up is easy. Dollar for dollar, it was a great choice!
Finally had to throw out my 20 year old Calphalon Dutch oven. It served me well over the years. The new Calphalon dutch oven is even better. The heat is evenly distributed while cooking and the clean-up is amazingly easy.
This is the best cookware I've ever had and I'm pretty old and have cooking for over 50 years. Just remember not to use metal utensils. My son in law likes to cook and he's scratched it up a little. Just ordered the suggested utensils yesterday and two more pieces of cookware.
Love this pan. Just the perfect size to use on top of the stove or in the oven. So far I have used it to cook spaghetti and I really like the feature that let's you drain it without pouring it down the sink. I also used it to make soup and it cooked it evenly and the clean-up was easy. Going to check out other products in this line