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Riess

Many cooks and chefs ‟rediscover” enamelware throughout their cooking careers, but the Austrians who founded the Riess cookware company have known for generations about the stellar cooking qualities of metal coated with porcelain ceramic. From cups to casseroles, Riess creates cooking tools praised for their fun colors and durable designs. Williams-Sonoma offers several Riess pieces that home cooks will enjoy using to create sauces, omelets and egg dishes as well as casseroles and other heated foods. Roasting pans and stock pots are also available and give you great flexibility in the scale of meals you can prepare for special occasions and large families.


The classic covered casserole from Riess manages to accommodate 1 1/2 quarts of sauce or stew and is basically unchanged from the companyʼs traditional 1950s design. The surface is glass-smooth and conducts heat well, but also has nonstick properties to make cleanup easier. The enamelware casserole is also odor-neutral, so it wonʼt pick up strong garlic or vanilla flavors. The lid provides a seal for juices and heat, and the handles are porcelain-coated steel for a solid grip under towels or oven gloves. The casserole is made in Austria, can be used even on induction cooktops and is completely recyclable.


You can choose the casserole in white or more colorful styles to match your kitchen decor and other pieces in the collection. The cookware is lighter than cast-iron cookware, so itʼs a great choice for cooks who have sensitive hands but want to cook in traditional casseroles and pans. The Riess roaster is a lovely addition to your kitchen because it has four layers of porcelain coating on the metal interior for even heating and a smooth-as-glass cooking surface. Your casseroles, hams and cornbread will bake more evenly and look smarter in a Riess roaster, which is designed to be antibacterial and knife-scratch resistant.


The Riess 1-Qt. saucepan should be a staple in every kitchen since itʼs perfect for simmering sauces, steeping cocoa or tea or boiling up a small serving of pasta. The easy-drain spout makes it so convenient for making delicate gravies, pouring off water from a boiled egg and adding a warm butter-and-milk mixture to bread dough. The saucepan weighs only one pound, so itʼs a great size for younger budding chefs and other cooks with mobility or strength issues in their hands or arms.


The 6-Qt. Stockpot from Riess is designed to make large batches of soups, chilis and meat stocks. Itʼs a great tool for spaghetti night or a low-country boil. The deep design makes it a great choice for boiling water bath canning of jellies and pickles, and itʼs an ideal picnic pan for boiling corn on the cob, crawfish and peanuts. The stockpot can be used on all styles of cooktops including induction types, and the lid and sides of the pot have steel handles. Choose a Riess Teakettle for retro chic with a sweeping handle thatʼs easy to use, a 2-quart capacity and a loud whistle to let you know itʼs time for tea. All of our Riess items are made in Austria and can be mixed and matched to suit your dining and cooking preferences.


One of the Riess companies most impressive features is their commitment to sustainability. The factory is located in the foothills of the Alps and runs on hydro-electric power from local flowing water sources, which it has done for more than 80 years. Riess products are made with nontoxic materials and finishes for safe mealtimes for outdoor and indoor gatherings, and pieces are 100 percent recyclable if they ever manage to wear out their usefulness. However, Riess cookware is crafted from single sheets of steel, so wearing out isnʼt an option for a very long time. Cooks who are concerned with leaving a light footprint on the planet can feel good knowing that their Riess cookware is made responsibly and can be passed down to their kids.

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