Soup & Stock Pots - The enamel-on-steel construction of Le Creuset stockpots provides uniform heating for slow-simmering soups and spaghetti sauce or cooking pasta. The 8-quart size is ideal when you're making soup or stew for a crowd; also useful for cooking pasta or rice, and for boiling whole potatoes or sweet potatoes for mashing. The mainstay of French chefs for nearly a century, Le Creuset cookware features bold and bright colors in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any culinary need. Each cookware piece is skillfully finished by hand. Imported. Dishwasher-safe, but hand washing is recommended. 8-quart capacity. 4 lbs. 9 3/4" Dia.( 12 1/2 with handles) x 7 1/2"H (9 1/2" with lid)Product Features Enamel on heavy-gauge carbon steel construction makes stockpot easy to lift and pour Stainless-steel rim on base and lid prevents chips and cracks Enameled glossy porcelain coating is impermeable to odors and stains Easy-clean enamel surfaces are scratch-resistant Foods will not re - Care Instructions Avoid leaving water in stockpot when not in use. A build-up of mineral deposits may occur and reduce efficiency. Before first use, wash stockpot in hot water with a mild detergent. Rinse well and dry. Always ensure base stockpot is covered by water before heating. Match stockpot base to size of burner. Do not bang the stockpot. Repeated knocks may damage the enamel. Helpful Hints Do not hit utensils on the top edge of pans. Stand hot pans on a Le Creuset trivet, board or cloth, not directly on an unprotected worktop.