Giveaway: Anolon Vesta Cast Iron 5 Quart Braiser

August 4, 2015

anolon braiser top

I have a minor cookware obsession. I shop thrift stores for old cast iron skillets. I scan yard sales for vintage Le Creuset or Cousances. And I pick up stainless steel skillets at discount stores, always in the hope of finding a piece that will eclipse all others.

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Because of this preoccupation, I find that I’ve become something of a cookware attractor. One more than one occasion, strangers have walked up to me with gifts of grill pans and ancient canning kettles. And last spring at the IACP conference, I unwittingly chose a seat that had been marked as a winner in an Anolon Vesta 5-Quart Cast Iron Braiser giveaway.

anolon braiser side

I turned in the card that marked me as a winner (there were a number of us that day) along with my mailing information, and several weeks later, this lovely braiser arrived on my doorstep.

The outside is a shiny red and the interior sports a matte black enamel interior. The interior 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 beautifully, cleans up easily, and makes an excellent small batch jam pan.

anolon braiser lid tilted

Back in June, I ran into the ladies who help Anolon with their PR and gushed about how much I’ve enjoyed this piece of cookware. They were delighted to hear it and asked if I might like to give a couple of them away. I think I said yes before the question was even finished.

So that’s what I’m giving away this week. I have two of these Vesta Braisers for two of you. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me something about your cookware situation. Do you you have very pot and pan you’ve ever dreamed of? Are you a cast iron person, or do you prefer stainless steel? Or perhaps, you’re on a mission to find the perfect skillet to complete your batterie de cuisine.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 9, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

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Disclosure: Anolon is providing the two braisers I’m giving away at no cost to me. Additionally, the one you see photographed here was itself a giveaway prize, so I did not pay for it. However, no money has traded hands in order to bring this giveaway into being. This blog post exists simply because this is an excellent product and I’m happy to have an opportunity to share it with you guys. All opinions expresses are entirely my own. 

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729 thoughts on "Giveaway: Anolon Vesta Cast Iron 5 Quart Braiser"

  • I have a mix of everything. I only have one non-stick and everything else is either cast iron or stainless steel.

  • I am definitely a cast iron person. All my grandmothers and great grandmothers used cast iron. Nothing cooks like cast iron, especially for good country dishes like cornbread, fried chicken or fried green tomatoes. I have more than a few pieces but nothing as large as a dutch oven.

  • I love cast iron. The one piece I’m really looking for is a waffle iron, but given how infrequently I make waffles, I can’t justify the expense. This braiser seems like it would be a good addition too. Sometimes it’s annoying how heavy the giant dutch ovens are.

  • I have a mixture of older cooking pans, stainless and a Calphalon cast iron grill pan that I love.
    Definitely in the market for a nice new pan like this braiser.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • My project has been replacing the set of pans that I got for my wedding, piece by piece. The set was great, but I have a better idea now of the things that I actually use. Instead of going for matching pieces, I’m opting for a hodge-podge of the pans that I use the most often. I’ve collected some cast iron and a great saute pan. Now that it’s the end of summer, I’m thinking ahead about pans that can go from stove top to oven, like enameled cast iron.

  • I love cast iron cookware! I have several Staub dutch ovens that I cook with most every week. Not only do they turn out wonderful braises and stews, but my arms get a nice workout lifting the darn things! I have been wanting to try Analon for a while but haven’t gotten around to it- nice to hear they work well for you. Is Analon as heavy as its counterparts?

  • I’m an All-Clad and old cast iron fan. Cast iron for skillets and All-Clad for pots. While I have a number of beautiful pots and pans, I don’t have anything resembling a braiser and this one looks beautiful.

  • The Le Creuset outlet store is like a candy store for me. I only own two pieces and like you am always on the lookout for used functional additions. This giveaway Analon looks, like you say, the perfect small batch pan. Would love to have one I could dedicate just for that purpose.

  • I love pots like this! Cast Iron with a ceramic colored coating are my favorite! I also enjoy a few stainless steel pots for boiling and quick cooking. I collect pots like this, but only have a few of varied sizes. They are quite expensive, but definelty worth the money!

  • These sorts of pots are the best. I’ve been slowly retiring all my more modern pans for older, often thrifted, iron pans and I enjoy each one more and more. A braiser like this could fill a great hole in the collection. Lucky someone!

  • We love our cast iron skillets, but could really could use a braiser. Otherwise we have a stainless steel stock pot from the thrift store.

  • I love cast iron! I currently use a Dutch Oven for braising so this would definitely be rounding out the current cookware situation.

  • I have mostly good non-stickware. When we married, dh had one well-seasoned cast iron skillet that I try to remember to use because I like it a lot.

  • My favorite cookware is my cast iron. I have several pieces including my grandmothers which is over a hundred years old, a piece that belonged to my mothers best friend’s mother (also over a hundred years ole) and a piece that was my husband’sgrandmother’s (over a hundred years old again), and I do use these on nearly a daily basis. I have just recently cleared nearly all of the rest of the cookware out of the cabinet and am replacing that with stainless.

  • I am a cast iron person for sure. I love to fnd old pieces in yard sales and then with a little elbow grease make them good as new. I also rely on an old enamel LeCreuset to make batches of jam or soup.
    I love the heft of cast iron and the beauty and ease of enamel. This beautiful red braiser looks like the perfect size.

  • I am slowly, one pot or pan at a time, upgrading my cheapy KMart college pots and pans to really nice pieces that I love cooking with. My only disappointment thus far has been the Le Creuset dutch oven that I bought, used about 5 times and then tried to return under the warranty when the enamel started flaking off. That didn’t pan out, and now I have a Lodge dutch oven that’s performed beautifully for a few years now.

  • I am definitely a cast iron lover! Have large Le Creuset for soups and stews. Would love something like this for jam!

  • Love cast iron, especially the large dutch oven we take camping! Also use a lot of nonstick skillets and noticed this morning how sad the smallest is looking from many mornings of frying eggs.

  • I firmly believe that your cookware should be a collection. I made the mistake when I was first married to register for a 10 piece set. I use maybe 2 pieces of the 10! I love my Le Creuset and lodge cookware that I’ve gotten. I’m slowly parting with my old set and only getting things that I love. If you have cookware that you like, you’ll definitely cook more often.

  • I have a large Le Creuset that I love! One year I was able to cobble together several gift cards I was saving that covered half the new year’s sale price at WS. I just squeezed by with coming up with the other half. I’ve had it over 10 years now. Cooking with it is wonderful and caring for it is like a zen practice for me. Besides that I have cast iron from my mom. This smaller braiser would be a welcome addition!

  • I love using stainless and cast iron. Outdoor Dutch oven cooking is great in summer, and I have a huge stainless pot I love to use when canning.

  • I love how tasty fried chicken is from an old deep dish cast iron! And the old aluminum cookware I find at yard sales are superb at conducting the heat so nicely!

  • I love cast iron although I have some really nice pans from Viking that we got for our wedding. I would love to win one of these. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Dear mam,

    I don’t have pots and pans at all. All that I’ve is 2 small vessels which are very old and given to me by someone and absolutely no vessels. I’ve been looking to get a good cookware, prefarably stainless and (or) cast iron because I came to know that these are the only healthy cookware material and absolutely no non-stick or aluminium or anything else. I would like to start making healthy recipes in the dream cookware if I win it.

    Thank you

  • I have several vintage (and well loved) pots that I wouldn’t live without. The first is my blue Le Creuset size G dutch oven. It’s indispensable for the overnight simmer of my chicken stock and is currently simmering the next batch of your amazing tomato jam from Amy! The second is my Wagner Ware/Magnalite turkey pan. I only have to see it on the shelf to start dreaming Thanksgiving dreams. Happy cooking, gardening, canning!

  • Hi Marisa,
    Just found your blog thru Christy over @ Southern Plate. When I began reading this post, I was thinking, this girl sounds like a girl after my own heart. I too have a minor cookware obsession! I love shopping thrift stores & yard sales for old cast iron pieces & unique cookware. And who can pass up those nice stainless steel pieces at discount stores? This braiser would be a great addition to my collection. Who doesn’t have room for another pan?? ?

  • I am slowly converting to cast iron. The 5 quart size would be a nice change from my enormous (and heavy!) 12 quart dutch oven.

  • I have a set of Emeril hard anodized pots and pans my parents got for me years ago and a few other random pieces (plus a bunch of thrift store stock pots I use for dying yarn and fiber). Now that i’m starting to get into canning, I could certainly use some higher quality pot that are better suited to picking and preserving.

  • Cast iron is my absolute favorite! I use it every day for almost every meal. If I win this will be a gift for my daughter-in-law.

  • I have an antique skillet I’ve had for 30 years that I love, and also a cast iron dutch oven that cooks to perfection. Everything else is somewhat of a mish-mash, including my rice pot I’ve owned for many years (I can’t make rice well any other way). I don’t have everything I want but a braiser would be a wonderful addition!

  • I have a stainless-steel pot and pan set that I bought at Costco a few years ago. I’d like to add a cast-iron skillet at some point.

  • I am a cast iron convert after I had a bad string of luck with some non-stick pans. Once I learned how to properly care for and use my cast iron set, I took the plunge and have loved the change.

  • We are arguing about pots right now. I have a sentimental attachment to mine but he wants new ones. He’ll wine some day but probably not as soon as he’d like.

  • My wife and I were fortunate enough to happen upon a Staub sale; a particular color had been recently discontinued. Years later, the giant dutch oven we bought continues to be our most heavily used dish!

  • Have a larger enameled cast iron pot for stews and soup, but this braiser is definitely something I could put to good use!

  • I have a mix- some Dansk Kobenstyle from when I worked for the company 30 years ago, Vintage Griswold cast iron skillets that I have accumulated 1 by 1 over that past 25 years, Tupperware Chef Smart clad cookware also from when I worked for the company and copper bottom Revere Ware pieces that were my first cookware in adulthood. I think I need a 12 step program!

  • My dream piece of cookware is one that I do not own yet but am saving up for! A blue enameled cast iron dutch oven from Le Creuset, just like my mothers!

  • Our family has a mix of new uncoated cast iron skillets/dutch ovens and a very old cast iron skillet passed down from my mother’s side of the family. We also use a few non-stick skillets and some stainless steel pieces. For the last two years I’ve gotten my husband a enamel cast iron dutch oven for Christmas (basically if Alton Brown says he loves it then my husband adds it to his bday/Christmas list). I have a great picture (not really – I almost cried) of me burning your honey sweetened peach vanilla jam last year in one of the (thankfully) enamel coated dutch ovens. I went from triumphant jam goddess to humble jam novice in about 4 minutes. Sigh – the jam smelled like heaven (I’m trying again this summer). At any rate, I would love to get a complete set of enamel cookware but have been eying a very small copper or copper cored saucepan/saucier.

  • My husband and I love to cook, and have a wide variety of cookware. My favorite is a Mauviel covered rondeau that we snagged for $35!!! on clearance at WS. A huge bargain, and we use it daily, for everything imaginable.

  • I have a mix, I love to find different pans, lately I keep going back to my old cast iron pan. it’s so versatile.

  • I started off with a simple stainless steel Revere set that my mom said told me were the basics. Now I just have the stainless steel Dutch oven with a lid minus its knob from that set along with various mismatched pieces that I love—a Le Creuset enameled cast iron Dutch oven, 8 inch and 12 inch cast iron skillets, a 12 inch stainless steel All-Clad sauteuse, and a small stainless steel saucepan with a spout on the side.

  • At some point in life I had spare cash and invested in all sorts of Le Creuset pans. Where did I get the money? Still love nice things, just don’t seem to be able to find give in my budget!

  • I’ve just recently started collecting cast iron pans, well ok it’s been over two years now…but it’s steadily growing and for good reason. Cast iron pans are lovely, they make me feel confident that whatever I’m cooking in them will be tasty. Having this in my collection would further said confidence, especially in the realm of jams as I plan on learning how to make and can them in the next couple of months!

  • I am fascinated with all things having to do with growing, cooking, and preserving all kinds of food. I own mostly AllClad, but it isn’t the best for all purposes. I love cast iron, but have a glass top stove, which cast iron isn’t friendly with. This pan might be what I need!

  • I’ve got a few cast iron & then a set from when we were married, 22 years ago! So I would most definitely love this!!

  • I have pretty much every pot and pan I absolutely need, but you can never have too much cookware! Especially if it’s cast iron.

  • I love my cast iron pans and Griswold tight top dutch oven but you can’t go wrong with good stainless steel pots and a saute pan.

  • I just got the 4th burner pot. Can’t wait to use it. Love my cast iron, but am scared of scratching my glass cooktop.

  • I have one cast iron pan and I love it. I have a decent set of pans that I use day to day, but there are still things (like this braiser) that I would love to add to my collection.

  • I have a nice collection of stainless pans, but am falling in love with enamel. We have an ancient Le Creuset Dutch oven that gets tons of use, especially in canning season. This gorgeous pot would be such a great companion!

  • I have an eclectic but full of memories collection of cookware – a pot from my husband’s mother, a pot from my mother’s kitchen, a cast iron skillet from my grandmother and some pieces from the first married pot collection (now almost 20 years old!)

  • I love cast iron. I’ve got a few vintage pieces in my kitchen and a favorite orsnge orange enameled beauty. I love drooling over Le Creuset and also imagining myself cooking over a camp stove with an old fashioned dutch oven

  • Oooooh….how beautiful. I have one gorgeous Staub dutch oven and a few old pieces of Calphalon we bought when we were first married (25 years ago!). The rest is an assortment of hand me downs from my mother and grandmother. Would love to give one of these a good home.

  • My mother-in-law coerced me into getting rid of my favorite frying pan. Ever since, I’ve been on a mission, and pretty much the only thing I’ve figured out is that I should never ever listen to her again about my cookware.

  • I also have a minor cookware obsession. Mine manifests itself when I travel abroad, which makes for heavy luggage (cast-iron tawa from Nepal, anyone? Guvitch from Turkey that I loved but have yet to use…) and some interesting conversations at the airport/customs on my trip home!

  • I love cast iron, but it doesn’t love me (actually it is my seasoning skills it doesn’t love).

  • OMG! This is exactly the pan I have dreamed of for making my chicken thighs with Herbs de Provence. I like to let it simmer slowly for a few hours to meld all the flavors together.

  • I love cast iron, but I don’t have much, I have mostly stainless steel, I’d love to increase my cast iron collection.

  • I have almost all the cookware that I want/need, except for the Le Creuset Cast-Iron Dutch. I just can’t seem to pull the trigger on treating myself to one. I have mostly stainless steel, and a nice basic cast iron skillet.

  • I have mostly stainless steel. We used to have different sizes of enamel cast iron dutch oven that we got as wedding gift, but they were recalled, and we have never replaced them but I have always wanted to. I do have one cast iron grill/griddle that I use, but the rest is all stainless.

  • So, I’m a lover of old cast iron — I have acquired all of my grandmother’s cast iron pans and I cook most things in it. I, however, am looking for a slightly deeper saucepan (I’ve been using shallow pans or pots if I need the depth) for my jams! I’d love something in between and this looks like the perfect option! I do have a set of stainless pots and pans and other things acquired from my grandmother!

  • My favorite pan is a nice stainless steel one that I always borrow from my neighbors. I return it with a couple of jars of what I cooked in it. Win-win!

  • I am just learning the joy of good cookware as I’ve recently embarked on a can-everything quest. My grandmother’s dutch oven is something I covet and I’d love to have something similar! Thanks for a cool opportunity!

  • I’m in love with cast iron pans. I have a large dutch oven but would love something slightly smaller, such as this.

  • I love my enameled cast iron for jam making but they are quite large and not a good fit for small batch preserving. I sometimes then use my stainless steel fry pan but this looks like a great addition to the kitchen!

  • I LOVE cast iron – both plain and enameled. I have pieces from my mother and both grandmothers. I have a complete setoff stainless steel that never gets used, because I just can’t cook in it as well.

  • I’m at the point with both my pots and wardrobe that every time I acquire something new I have to get rid of something I already own.

  • What a beautiful piece! I’ve been slowly updating all my cookware, trying to consolidate as we are military and move frequently. I’ve been searching for a skillet to replace the old worn scratched ones my husband insists on keeping, even though he does none of the cooking!

  • I have been trying to maximize cookware utility by only keeping around items that have multiple uses and take up a reasonable amount of space. Tiny kitchen! I’m definitely lacking in the cast iron arena, it would be great to expand a bit!

  • I have a hodgepodge of cookware — some cheap Target pans, a few thrift store finds, 2 or 3 really excellent All-Clad pans purchased at their December outlet sale (you gotta hit that up outside of Pittsburgh!), one good Lodge cast iron skillet, and I of course lust after a Le Creuset. This one reminds me a little of their red braising dish. I go for anything red!

  • I have non-stick cookware but I love, love cast iron. Need a braising pan for roast, stews and such. Thank you.

  • I have a combination of non-stick and stainless pans, and one cast-iron skillet that is on loan from my mother-in-law. I used to swear by non-stick and had several sets of Analon Pro cookware over the years, but they quit making that line. My current favorites are the stainless steel pans made by Saber. They are 5-ply and sold on Costco’s website, so they’re also a good value. Our stove is propane-fueled which is very hot and they allow me to easily regulate the heat. I’ve never owned a braising pan – yet!

  • I have a large Le Crueset enameled dutch oven that gets a LOT of use for jams, stews, chili, soup and more. I have a heavy stainless steel pan that I use a lot and it will usually clean up well after a hot soaking, but I’ve recently purchased two Lodge cast iron pans (10″ and 12″) that I just need to season first before use. I’m not used to regular cast iron, so I’m skeptical, but willing to learn. This pan would be a welcome addition and great for my small-batch jams and lots of other things that don’t need my largest pot. I’d be so happy to win!

  • I’m slowly converting my old nonstick pans to ceramic and cast iron. love both types. thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • I don’t have many pots and pans at all, so I need this bad. Really, really, really bad!! Winter is coming and I can create yumminess with this braiser on my wood cook stove.

  • Up until about 2 weeks ago, I’ve always lived in places with tiny kitchens and no storage, so I’ve had to be super selective about my pots and pans. Now I live in a place with a bigger kitchen and tons of cabinets, so I’m hoping to expand my collection, especially with cast irons. I’m also a big ceramic fan.

  • I don’t have a favorite, everything has been collected in pieces. I always need a good non-stick one for eggs and any pan that can be put straight into the oven is great!

  • Hi there! I just stumbled upon this blog and have been loving it so far! I am 20 years old and just starting out on my own with my fianc√©/soulmate of 6 years. I am currently trying to build up a kitchen supply of pots and pans and have created some very, VERY creative ways to cook with what few pans I do have haha! This piece is exactly what I’ve been hoping to get my hands on but I don’t have the kind of money to spend on nice cook-ware at this time. I saw one similar to this in Macy’s and loved it! it was gorgeous! …but very expensive and absolutely not in my budget. I appreciate you taking the time to read this! Best of luck to all! –Alyson =]

  • My husband’s favorite color is red and his current favorite pan is an extra large nonstick pan. I myself am partial to cast iron. We both have been happy to receive stainless steel All Clad from my in laws who used to live near the All Clad outlet store near Pittsburgh and would but us one piece during their annual sale.

  • I love cast iron cookware. Currently have cast iron frying pan and Revere Ware pots. I could surely use that cast iron braiser.

  • I’ve got pretty much all of the pans that I need though a shallow pan with a large surface for evaporation would be a great addition. I prefer to cook with my cast iron so my Le Creuset gets a workout especially when I mane ATK’s Almost No Knead Bread.

  • I have two stainless sets and I really want to expand to cast iron type cookware. Would love to add this to my collection.

  • I have most of what I need in my stainless steel collection (just need a 3 qt saucepan.) and have recently started seriously thinking about heading into cast iron territory. Plan to start my hunt at yard sales and thrift stores. Then I just need to figure out where it will go in my smallish kitchen.