Giveaway: Anolon Vesta Cast Iron 7 Quart Casserole

I bought my first piece of enameled cast iron cookware in the spring of 2007. It was from TJ Maxx and cost all of $40 (which felt like a fortune on my grad student budget). It was lime green, held about five quarts, and I thought it was the nicest thing in my kitchen. Heartbreakingly, the enamel began to chip and crack after only dozen uses.

Since then, I’ve had a number of pieces of enameled cast iron from a number of different makers, but continue to search for the unicorn of this category. A piece that is affordable enough that I can recommend it to someone on a grad school budget, that doesn’t chip easily, holds enough to feed a crowd, and is great for cooking down jams, fruit butters, and sauces.

Friends, I think I’ve finally found the mythical creature of enameled cast iron cookware and it’s known as Anolon’s Vesta Cast Iron 7 Quart Casserole. The outside is an elegant coffee color and the interior sports a matte black enamel interior. The underside of the lid is studded with raised nubs that are designed to channel flavorful liquid back into the food as it cooks. It conducts heat evenly, cleans up beautifully, and is far more affordable than other enameled cast iron pots of comparable size.

Now, if this pot looks familiar, that’s because I featured the braiser from this line a couple of years back. And while I still regularly employ that braiser, this seven quart casserole is the pot that’s taken up permanent residence on my stove top. I’ve used it for at least eight batches of jam, chutney, and compotes, as well as several rounds of soup and pasta sauce. It’s a work horse and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.

If you watched my livestream earlier tonight, you saw me scooping chutney out of this very pot! And happily, this week the folks at Anolon are letting me give away one of these highly useful, totally durable, and perfectly elegant casseroles away to a lucky blog reader! Use the widget below to enter!

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Disclosure: Anolon is provided both the casserole you see here and the one I’m giving away at no cost to me. All opinions expresses are entirely my own. 

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154 Responses to Giveaway: Anolon Vesta Cast Iron 7 Quart Casserole

  1. 51
    Mer says:

    Something involving eggplant, because our eggplant bushes are overflowing these days!

  2. 52
    Rachel says:

    The first thing I would cook in my Anolon Vesta Casserole dish is corn chowder.

  3. 53
    Maria C says:

    First thing I would cook this time of year most likely would be a jam or something like that. Looks beautiful!

  4. 54
    Jennifer says:

    It’s something I would use a lot.

  5. 55
    Heather says:

    I think I’d make a batch of zucchini butter to freeze. I’ve got three big ones waiting to turn into it one of these nights! We use it over pasta with bacon and dried tomatoes with shavings of parm on top. So good!

  6. 56
    Terry says:

    I would probably make a pot roast – we have some fabulous beef from our own steer.

  7. 57
    Carissa says:

    Probably a batch of blueberry jam from the berries I’m going to pick tomorrow!

  8. 58
    Sandy says:

    Braised beef shanks or short ribs.

  9. 59
    Melissa says:

    Either a braised pork shoulder or apple butter. Both would definitely happen in quick succession!

  10. 60
    Emily says:

    Mixed fruit preserves!

  11. 61
    Holly says:

    It’s August, so a BIG batch of peach preserves!

  12. 62
    Lynn says:

    I’ve got figs sitting on my counter ready to get made into jam! Love the look of this pot.

  13. 63
    Abby L Doyle says:

    More jam!!

  14. 64
    Yafa says:

    I would make a pot of braised greens from the garden the first time I used this cookware.

  15. 65
    Kris says:

    I would cook a big pot of soup!

  16. 66
    Al Lill says:

    It’s the beginnning of peach season in Philly, I’d have to make a peach jam. Or possibly pickled peaches?

  17. 67
    Paul says:

    Mhmmm probably some beach plum jam from NJ beach plums.

  18. 68
    mandy says:

    I have lots of jam to make. Past that…what a great bean pot this would be amongst so many other things.

  19. 69
    Clifford says:

    Peaches, peaches, peaches

  20. 70
    Jo-Ann Mon says:

    I’d make my favorite sweet potato & andouille soup!

  21. 71
    Sarah says:

    Peach jam!

  22. 72
    Gail says:

    Soup. Not corn chowder maybe. Or a chicken stem or maybe a pot of sauce with meatballs. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. 73
    Melissa says:

    The first thing I would cook would be baked beans!

  24. 74
    JohanneHagar says:

    I would cook a big pot of chili for the coming cooler weather.

  25. 75
    Deborah N. says:

    The first thing I would cook would be some spaggetti sauce. Then I would make some sort of fruit sauce.

  26. 76
    Ruth says:

    Peach sauce! Or some other peachy preserve as peaches are in full season.

  27. 77
    Gene Black says:

    The first thing I would cook in my Anolon Vesta Casserole is probably a nice cabbage soup.

  28. 78
    Erin in PA says:

    Since it is August, I would most likely make a batch of spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes with this beautiful Anolon Vesta Casserole vessel. 🙂

  29. 79

    I would use it to make jam ♡

  30. 80
    Jan Elmore says:

    I just love, love me some cast iron. What a nice shape!
    I’d cook a vegetable & chicken saute in this bad boy pot!
    What a generous giveaway-thanks!

  31. 81
    Jodie Kachkar says:

    I have long wanted a cast iron dutch oven type thing. If I win (hope I do) I would make a big batch of tomato pasta sauce to freeze as I’m a high school teacher and need to fill up my freezer with meals to get my family through September!

  32. 82
    Jodie Kachkar says:

    I have long wanted a cast iron dutch oven type thing. If I win (hope I do) I would make a big batch of taco filling to have a few meals to help get my family through September as I’m a high school teacher. Thanks for hosting this very generous give-a-way

  33. 83
    Melissa L says:

    I would make some pasta sauce, or maybe applesauce… a sauce of some kind, definitely.

  34. 84
    Megan P. says:

    I need to make tomato jam. Also, that thing screams to have a roast braised in it.

  35. 85
    Alison Y says:

    Jam. The summer is not over.

  36. 86
    Holly says:

    There are so many possibilities with this pot – probably applesauce and then a slow cooked pork roast. The list is endless!

  37. 87
    Kylie C says:

    Well I want to say blackberry jam but with a baby due any day now I’m guessing it’s much more likely to be a breakfast casserole or baked creamed eggs.

  38. 88
    Michelle Higgs says:

    I have been in the mood for some chili.

  39. 89
    Liz says:

    I think it’d be a toss up between jam and soup!

  40. 90
    Anna T says:

    Would definitely use it for cooking up some of your always tasty recipes! First up would be something in Peach 🙂

  41. 91
    Rust says:

    Seafood jambalaya would be the first thing I would make.

  42. 92
    Suzy says:

    I have been seeing some really good deals on cherries, so probably a batch of cherry chutney.

  43. 93
    Rachel C. says:

    The first thing I’d cook in that pot would be a slowly simmered pot of bolognese sauce. Mmmm.

  44. 94
    Lori Sherrill says:

    This would be a wonderful pot to cook up a batch of peach jam.

  45. 95
    TrishB says:

    I have some currants in the fridge that need preserving.

  46. 96
    Chrissy says:

    Hmmm, endless possibilities, Probably potato soup (which usually has broccoli, or cabbage and polish sausage or bacon or ham).

  47. 97
    Kathleen says:

    My first thought on seeing this post is that this pot would be brilliant or refried beans!

  48. 98
    Kim says:

    Tomato sauce

  49. 99
    Jenny Brandon says:

    The first thing I’d make in that wonderful pot is tomato sauce using tomatoes from my garden.

  50. 100
    marshall says:

    I would probably coq au vin.

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