Part of the pleasure of long, slow cooking lies with the pot you slide into the oven. Whether it's cast iron, stainless steel, copper, ceramic or clay, choose a beauty for the long haul.
1 Clay pot with handle and lid, $12.45, from Thai Kee supermarket, Chinatown, (02) 9211 3150.
2 Chef Du Monde round casserole, 1.7 litre, in red, $29.95, from Maxwell & Williams.
3 Revol Revolution round casserole with black lid, 2.4litre, $241.50, from Tomkin.
4 Round casserole dish, 24cm, in Soleil, $449, from Le Creuset.
5 Round french oven, 24cm, in Nordic (grey), $310, from Chasseur.
6 Cookut ceramic cocotte, 240x120mm, in Mocha, $170, from Chef and The Cook.
7 High copper casserole, 28cm, 8 litre, $539, and 28cm lid, $113, from Copper Kitchen.
8 Ruffoni hammered stainless steel braiser, 4 litre, $550, from Williams-Sonoma.
(All casserole dishes come with lids.)