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About eight years ago I decided to treat myself to a set of three Le Creuset saucepans in classic green. The choice of colour was a bit of a mistake in retrospect. I do like it very much, but there are few outlets who now sell this particular colour of Le Creuset so getting bits and pieces to match is a nightmare!
The Le Creuset range is also available in dark blue, teal (light blue), volcanic (orange), almond, black, cerise, granite, kiwi and satin blue. Some of these are more readily available than others.
I did however manage to get the Milk Saucepan from Selfridges in London a year or so after I bought the original set. I paid about £20 for mine but, after a bit of investigation on the Internet, I find that this will now set you back a whopping £60!
The Milk Saucepan is 16cm in diameter and holds up to two pints of liquid. Note the interesting mix of Imperial and Metric measurements there! The handle is made from wood with a metal ring at the end so that the pan could be hung up (when it's empty!) if you so desire. I don't do this as I have a pan stand which takes all three of my basic set plus the milk saucepan.
This pan is made from cast iron with a non-stick coating which apparently makes the cooking of sauces easier as the liquid in the pan moves around easily on the slippery surface.
As with all non-stick saucepans it is essential that the pan and its contents are heated slowly in order to distribute the heat evenly and retain and protect the non-stick surface of the pan. Once the pan is heated to the correct temperature you will be able to turn down the heat to a low setting in order to maintain the heat thus saving energy.
The Milk Saucepan is dishwasher proof and comes with a ten year guarantee.
The pan is suitable for use with any heat source. It will be fine on induction, halogen, ceramic, gas, electric, solid plate, an aga or Rayburn.
In some saucepans hotspots can be caused if heat is distributed unevenly - for example if the base of a pan is not perfectly flat - and this can cause the burning of food. All the Le Creuset saucepans will distribute the heat evenly and will withstand high temperatures without the shape of the saucepan distorting - thus there are no hotspots and, hopefully, no burnt food.
The non-stick coating makes the milk pan easy to clean, but you must not use an abrasive cleaner or cleaning implement or you will damage the coating. I find that a soak in hot soapy water and a wipe with the dishcloth usually suffices.
On the rare occasions that I have burnt something in the pan I find that all I have to do is just boil some water and soap powder in the pan and then rinse well (obviously!). That always does the trick.
Sadly I have found that the non-stick coating on the base of the saucepan has begun to peel off. Maybe I used a heat setting that was too high and the coating was damaged, but the pan would now be a problem to use as bits of the coating sometimes come loose during the cooking process.
If I had kept my receipt I could have claimed a new saucepan since they have a ten year guarantee!
Le Creuset also make a comprehensive range of cookware to match the milk pan, such as casserole dishes, sauté pans, frying pans, milk pans, soufflé dishes, open cooking dishes and even kettles.
Le Creuset is available from most good department stores such as Debenhams or specialist cook shops, although I don't think that Argos stocks them any longer. I have also seen them for sale at various out of town factory outlets too, usually at a generous discount, but the range can be a bit limited.
If you're interested in finding out more about Le Creuset the website address is www.lecreuset.co.uk
In conclusion I would say that I am not impressed with the milk saucepan which was a real disappointment as I love the other saucepans in my set.
16cm / Kitchenware & cookery products / With phenolic handle and non-stick coating which is durable and easy to clean.