Used it right away, love the pot because I don't have to worry about over flow. The handles you have to be careful because the black protection does not go flush to the pot and is not as thick as in other pots,so be mindful when holding. I would not put it in the dishwasher, cause some soaps can whiten the outside finish, It takes one minute to wash by hand and easy so save the dish washer for the plate. Cooked nice and even, Made a bean soup with it. I have 3 sets of pots and pans, but not one this big for when I make soups and chili's. Love it, would recommend it to all cooks. I do cook every day,and take care of my pans, Keep the bubble wrap that comes with the pans and cut and use them for inside and bottom of pans when you store them inside each other, this will protect your pots and does not cost you anything.