I have fallen in love with the dishes that The Pioneer Woman has created because I simply adore the bright colors and patterns. I have 4 of her pasta bowls, all of which have beautiful colors, as well as some coasters. I also purchased 2 dinner plates, as well as two “plain” scalloped dinner plates to mediate the heat from warm dinner plates. The one thing I had not yet purchased from her line was cookware, so I was excited to try the 5-quart Jumbo Cooker.
The cooking area of the jumbo cooker is 10.5 inches across and 3.5 inches high and is convenient for preparing family-sized meals, like one-dish meals, or for lightly frying 4 salmon portions for a family of two! It is made of durable enamel aluminum, which is an excellent conductor of heat, so the pan heats quickly and quite evenly. This cooker can also be used in the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This ceramic non-stick pan is also free of PFOA and PFTE (synthetic compounds and chemicals). The handle is made of stainless steel and has a heat-resistant silicone coating, making it simple to transfer the pan without needing a potholder. I like that I can see through the lid because it helps me easily monitor if something is at a higher simmering point than needed (I have a couple of old Revereware pans don't have see-through lids!).
I would characterize the size of this cooker to be about medium-sized. It's also quite deep, so perfect for those meals based on “meal-in-a-dish” ideas. The sides are a bit higher than my other pan, so it's easier to keep oil in the pan and off my stove (if it spatters), which is fantastic! I often cook two to three large chicken breasts at some point during the week (to keep my lunches simple!), so this size pan is perfect for that need.
I just love the flowers (dahlias!) on the pan. I mean, why shouldn't every element of the cooking process be as delightful and beautiful as the next?! The quality of the pan is extraordinary, and the pan itself is thicker than any other pan I own. Please note that the pan is slightly convex, meaning that heated oil will naturally fall to the sides. That said, since it is a medium-sized pan, you don't need a lot of oil. I often use water when simmering chicken breasts, and I found I didn't need a lot of water either. I like that the heat was easy to control. I have found that some aluminum pans heat up so quickly that it's difficult to control the heat later, and I end up burning the oil. This has not happened with this pan.
Overall, this 5-quart jumbo cooker by The Pioneer Woman offers a fabulous mid-size solution for your meal prep needs. (She even includes instructions for maintenance, cleaning and a little recipe booklet!) The colors are delightful, and the quality is fantastic. I am officially in love with her cookware! This is one choice you will be glad you made.