Although I have not yet used it, I am giving this five stars. I have another cast iron casserole dish and have no reason to doubt this one. Bought it at a reduced price. I have two casserole dishes, a 15" and a 20". 18" dishes are very hard to come by and I did want one in cast iron and in black. This is classy and obviously very well made by a company which I now know has a good name. It is so good looking I have decided to keep it out rather than put it away.
Ive had this for nine years now and it still looks exactly the same and is still so easy to wash. Doesnt look its age at all,none of the hard to shift staining of the enamel you get with the lighter colours either.
Dinky LITTLE CAST IRON Casserole Dish, from CHASSEUR.
COLOUR : MATT BLACK
Approximate diameter : 18 cm Approximate capacity : 1.5L
Sturdily boxed, comes complete with a handy little CHASSEUR care booklet, which includes a recipe idea for each product range. Suitable for all heat sources, hob and oven, including induction. Knob tolerant of oven temperatures up to 200°C and comfortable handles aid easier, balanced lifting.
Reasonably easy to wash up by hand although some soaking and a rub with a plastic brush may be required to shift some of those more stubborn baked-on food remains. Dishwasher safe.
When buying this item I was looking for a casserole that could go straight from hob to oven, that would last a good while without starting to look tatty. I chose the matt black as I thought it will always match whatever kitchen pots I get in the future, but didn't realise that the black comes with a black internal finish instead of the cream colour in the photos. It is not a smooth internal finish either, in fact at first I thought I might have a dodgy one without the enamel! So if I decide to buy a bigger one in the future I will buy a different colour which has the smooth cream finish inside.
There are a few very small marks on it that did make me wonder if it is actually factory seconds, but they're nothing serious at all and I paid a very good price!
Cooked my first meal in it last night (chicken casserole) and made sure I kept the heat very low so the meat did not stick as I've read this can be a problem with cast iron. It did stick a little at first, but once the lid was on it steamed itself away from the bottom of the pan and there was no burning. I was cooking for 2 people and found it to be a good size - it was a little too full to stir with ease when the bulky ingredients first went in, but once the veg had simmered down it was perfect and I'm glad I didn't go for the bigger one.
Overall very impressed so far, I'm looking forward to cooking many more dishes in it!