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    Published on June 21st, 2015 | by Greg


    Wok Star: Staub’s Perfect Pan

    It’s definitely daring to set expectations high- naming or deeming your product the “best”, “ultimate”, or “most extraordinary” can feel like a challenge, encouraging customers to nitpick even the most minor flaws. In the technology world, we’ve long since given up even on the idea of perfection, or even truly ‘finished’ items- software is only good until the next version, and even hardware is now subject to endless iterations. But certain gear can indeed achieve a sort of platonic ideal, and then a bit of boasting can come across more seriously.

    Take Staub’s Perfect Pan- which looks like, and basically is, a wok. Sure, it’s a cast iron pan, which is probably the best core material to use for most situations thanks to even heat dispersion and durability. And it adds an easy-to-clean, non-stick enamel layer, which is only sensible and means the pan is dishwasher safe. Plus, it doesn’t require any seasoning like cast iron normally does, so it should be ready for use right out of the box. Ours did need a little bit- eggs stuck on our first try- but after only a couple of meals it was very smooth and even.

    Staub, now owned by Zwilling J. A. Henckels, has been manufacturing cookware for more than 40 years, and they still produce this pan in France. It’s pretty heavy, but not enough to make you struggle, and thanks to a 12-inch diameter and 4.5 quart capacity, it’s large enough to be your primary go-to for family stir-fries. With wide, slightly sloped edges, you can easily toss without spilling. The handles are slightly small- we’re used to the single, long-handle flipping method- but are sturdy enough to grab and stir steadily. They’ve included a transparent glass lid so you can monitor cooking, or even for light steaming (think dumplings). Oven safe should you need to throw in a casserole, the Perfect Pan is also usable on a variety of heat sources including induction, though as with all woks, we suggest and mostly tested it with a strong gas cooktop.

    Truly good for a variety of tasks, the Staub Perfect Pan really shone when it came time to fry rice- one of the easiest to make and most satisfying dishes, but also traditionally one that is very hard to make evenly and a pain to cleanup. We also enjoyed using it as a stewpot in a pinch. Staub also included wooden cooking chopsticks, a curved wooden spatula, and a half-stainless-steel rack in the package. Available in a few colors to fit your kitchen decor, the basic black is a classic, and the Perfect Pan can be found online and in stores now for around $180.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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