Giveaway: Anolon Vesta Cast Iron 7 Quart Casserole

August 8, 2017

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. Spaghetti sauce is the first thing. I always like to try a well used recipe on a new piece of equipment, so I know what it is supposed to be like.

  2. The first thing I would like to make is a chutney. Thanks for the chance. I have always wanted to own a cast iron pot.

  3. Probably veggie tex-mex chili – a winter staple for me. Or, tortilla soup. Also a winter staple.

    I love the black interior. Practical and beautiful.

  4. I had no idea until I saw another poster’s idea for tomato bacon jam and now that’s all I can think about.

  5. Enamel on cast iron does seem to be the holy grail of cooking. I have enamel on steel and even it gets an occasional chip. I’ve heard the cast iron is worse because of the differences in temperature and expansion and contraction.

    Does this really perform as good as you say?

    I love the idea of the little drip nubs under the cover.

    • Oh, and I’d try chili because I hate the clean up. Plus you’re not supposed to do tomato anything in cast iron.

  6. This looks like a perfect size for a nice large batch of blackberry jam using the wild blackberries that grow here.

  7. Most likely an Indian chicken dish (at least that is what I’m hungry for at the moment 🙂 )

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

  9. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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

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

  19. 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.

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

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

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