It’s no surprise that I’m always about new and cool kitchenware. I can’t help it. Really. I don’t need much to be honest but when KitchenAid® contacted me about trying some of their new products I wasn’t about to say no. I’m in love with my mixer (that’s not new) but I haven’t really explored their other products. I figured if they were half as solid as my mixer they would be okay. Spoiler: I was really surprised.
First up was the KitchenAid® Streamline Cast Iron 3-Quart Casserole. I’ve never been into cooking a lot in cast iron casseroles but I put this one through the ringer. Why would I say that? The first thing I cooked in this beauty was a sticky and crumbly peach crisp. I made it for a dinner party and I thought it was going to be way too small but I wanted to test it out. I fit a whole peach crisp recipe in this baby which started off with 12 peaches. 12! This is deceptively large!
But how did the cast iron cook up and deal with a sticky mess? Let’s just say that dinner was “okay” and the crisp got such rave reviews that my friends were plotting where I could sell this crisp to hipsters in the Mission. Heh. The crisp came out easily which was expected and I had about half left over. Over the next day or so we finished it off and still nothing stuck to the dish. When we were done all I had to do was rinse the dish. I really like Lodge but their pre-seasoning is bs, which is what I expected from this pan since it isn’t smooth but even after sitting around it cleaned SO easily. It would be perfect for stews and casseroles as well and even though I used it right out of the box and nothing stuck, I know it’s going to season and age well. A keeper, and half the price of a Le Creuset.
The second product was ceramic, a KitchenAid® Streamline Ceramic 1.9-Quart Casserole. Since I baked in the cast iron I figured I would make something savoury in the ceramic dish. I ran out of soymilk for my cereal last weekend so I made a lasagna for breakfast. True story. I’m a huge dork, but that’s beside the point. It was quickly thrown together without a recipe and the only issue I had was I used no-cook noodles so they didn’t fit the dish well. I didn’t spray the dish or do anything to prep it and when I cut into the first piece it released from the ceramic beautifully. Daiya gets a bit like molten lava sticky goo and it was no problem for this dish.
I know I’m talking about the lack of stick a lot but it’s a huge pet peeve. I think I could totally bake brownies in this dish and be comfortable getting them out easily. These also have great solid lids so instead of transferring them to tupperware for the fridge I just popped the lid on and called it a day. The leftovers didn’t dry out of get weird.
Overall I would have personally bought these dishes now that I know the quality. They are heavy, sturdy and will last for years even with a lot of use. The price point is very fair and it’s a great set of products for the KitchenAid® brand. These are perfect for wedding gifts, I wouldn’t hesitate to put them on your registry for sure, or even your holiday wishlist!
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