Nestled in Merville, France, a region known for its rich history of craftsmanship, we went behind the scenes at Staub’s factory to learn how the iconic cast-iron cookware is produced. Most renowned for the Cocotte, Staub produces a wide range of cast-iron cookware, ranging from braisers and grills and frying pans to woks and baking dishes.
What makes the iconic Staub Cocotte so unique is in its design. With spikes on the lid of the pot, 20 times more moisture is redistributed allowing for flavor retention while minimizing burning. This design feature results in “supremely tasting food,” according to Gregor Messner, the Head of Innovation Management for Cookware at Staub.
What’s so unique about Staub’s approach is the care and time that goes into making its cast-iron cookware. Each product is individually crafted using a time-intensive process. For example, production undergoes a hundred inspection points to ensure that each item satisfies Staub’s quality standards. From beginning to end, making a La Cocotte is a 10-step process, starting with melting the iron and ending with firing the cocottes at 1470 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Fun Fact: The entire process takes a week to make a pot, with 10-20 people touching the pots in the process.
Here’s the entire Staub production process, in photos and videos, from start to finish:
3. Sand-Casting Iron
The single-use mold is remade for each cast using super quality sand from France. Up to 900 tons of sand is used per day, with sand being recycled and circulated in the process.
4. Separating the Casting from the Mold and Excess Metal
At this point, the pots are blast cleaned to remove the casting sand. Then, during the fettling stage, any irregularities are removed from the cocottes before they are shot-blasted and prepared for the enameling process.
The enamel is sprayed on in two or three coatings, both inside and outside. While black was the original color for La Cocotte in 1978, the first color — a two-toned cherry — was introduced in the 1980s. From there, additional colors became available, in addition to the majolique, which is identified by its translucent color glaze atop of the colored enamel.
Once the enameling process has been applied to the cocottes, they are fired at 1470 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes after coating.
8. Assembling and Packaging
After the cocottes have cooled down, they undergo several inspections including for color proofing and heat proofing, to ensure each cocotte meets Staub’s high quality standards.