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We hadn't intentionally gone into john lewis to buy one of these, although we had wanted one for a while. We'd gone in to buy one of the large casserole pots but when we discovered that there was a sale on le creuset pots and you got a free cook book if you bought two items we couldn't resist!
The look - it's a heavy bottomed griddle pan that has a slight gradient to the griddle lines enabling you to pour off any fat that has accumulated under the griddle lines meaning it's healthy cooking! You can get the pan in a variety of colours although to be honest the colour isn't really that important as you never see the underside of the pan unless your cleaning it.
The cooking - make sure the pan is hit before you start cooking and doing pour oil in, instead I find best results if I both brush the pan with a little oil AND the food with a little oil. You can cook a variety of foods on here from prawns, chicken and beef to peppers, onion and mushroom and you get nice charred lines. It's best not to cook anything in a marinade which is too wet as this causes the food to steam rather that grill you don't get the nice charred lines and it also makes it difficult to clean.
I've had no experience of other griddle pans so I can't compare it to others but this one I can say is very good, a little tip would be to invest in a pastry brush to brush the oil on!
Le Creuset is known for its enamelled cast iron pots and pans. It is also known for being very expensive and heavy!
Once the pots (and pans of course) have been cast, they get two coats of enamel. The first is clear and uncoloured while the second coat gives the colour. Le Creuset is probably best known for its distinctive volcanic orange colour but most of their product range (which now includes stoneware and bakeware) are available in a wide range of colours.
Along with a substantial price tag, all the cast iron range come with a lifetime guarantee. It does not cover normal wear and tear of course but covers any fault when the product is used in normal conditions and following Le Creuset's care and use instructions provided.
Now I am the first to admit that Mr P does his share of cooking in our household and steaks are definitely his forte. Several years ago now, my mother wanted to know what to buy him for Christmas and he suggested a good steak pan. My mother hotfooted it off to John Lewis and Mr P had a lovely Le Creuset grillit from his in-laws that Christmas.
The first thing to note is that the pan is very heavy. It weighs nearly 3kg. The actual pan is 26 cm square and has a ridged surface. It has a long handle on one side and on the opposite side is a small semi-circular handle which allows you to steady the pan when you lift it. The other two sides have small lips for pouring out cooking juices etc. It looks and feels like a top quality pan.
The ribbed surface makes the pan excellent for low fat cooking but what we really like is the char lines that it leaves on the food. It's brilliant for vegetables, chicken, tuna, in fact anything that you want to sear and of course Mr P uses it to produce fantastic steaks.
The pan is non stick so in addition to washing with hot soapy water before use, the advice is to wipe the inside of the pan with cooking oil to condition it.
You should always cool the pan for a few minutes before washing in hot soapy water. If you pour cold water into the pan or plunge it into immediately into cold water after using there's a danger that the enamel may be damaged. We religiously follow the advice to fill the pan with warm water and leave to soak for 15 - 20 minutes before washing with hot soapy water and this seems to do the trick. Because of the ridges, cleaning can be a little fiddly but food residues normally shift with the use of a brush. You shouldn't use anything abrasive. The pan is dishwasher safe but we always wash by hand.
You can get the grillit direct from Le Creuset for £80. Personally I would find it very difficult to justify £80 for any pan let alone one that is not used daily. It is definitely worth shopping around as it's currently £54.99 at Lakeland which is a more acceptable price given that it wil last a lifetime.
Mr P loves his pan and it is rather nice to have a few 'special' cookware items in the kitchen. It does give a great even heat and of course produces those professional looking char lines. However I have to deduct a star for the expense, the weight and the fact that it isn't the easiest pan to clean. When all is said and done, however, it is a very nice addition to our kitchen.
Le Creuset Grill pan is a wonderful, quality product which I think will last me the rest of my cooking life. It is made of cast iron, and measures 26cm by 26 cm which is large for a pan. This makes for a very heavy product, and even though I expected this, I was still surprised by just how heavy it is. Most of the time I have to use 2 hands to move it around the kitchen, there is a large lip on the opposite side to the handle which makes it easy to use 2 hands. I am more than happy with this drawback, it makes the pan feel so well made.
The pan takes a little while to heat up, which it should do before you put the food in. The iron handle also gets hot, so I purchased a Le Creuset handle cosy, which fits perfectly on the handles of all their products and prevents burning my hand. You can also put the pan in the oven, to either keep the food warm or to melt cheese on the top of maybe some vegetables, for example. You must not put the heated pan on a laminated kitchen top, it will scorch it. The pan retains the heat for a long while after you have turned off the gas.
The pan has a black, satin interior with raised ridges. The food cooks on top of these ridges, allowing the fat to run off and not stay in the food, rather like a Foreman grill. The food also gets stripes marked into it from these ridges. You can cook meat, poultry, fish and vegetables on this pan, all with truly wonderful results. The chicken breasts and pork chops I prepare most often are cooked with no fat added at all, and with a large helping of black pepper sprinkled on top, they taste juicy and full of flavour. I fitted 5 boneless chops in there the other day for dinner perfectly.
The clean up is straight forward, I just use hot water and a sponge scourer. Sometimes a little extra elbow grease is needed, especially between the ridges, but I have managed to get it clean very easily each time. I have the orange enamelled version, and the orange is still like new,it comes clean every time so far. I have a few stoneware items, and a frying pan made by Le Creuset, and I have to say I am very happy with all of them and I plan to add to my collection as I see things on special offer. This pan is on sale for around 75.00 in John Lewis, but I paid 60.00 for it in Debenhams.
I Would recommend this grill pan for people who enjoy making food from scratch, but who are able to lift the substantial weight of it.
I have a number of Le Creuset items and this is a great addition to my collection. I have the pan in Almond and it is 26cm in diameter, it is square, made from cast iron, which means it is very heavy and I purchased mine in a 40% off sale at Debenhams a few years ago, they currently retail for around £60 on Amazon (September 2012).
The Grillit has a black interior and has ribbed lines running along it so when you use it you get char lines along your food. The interior has a satin black finish that is not shiny and it is specifically designed to give excellent cooking results, providing it is used correctly. The Grillit can be used for almost anything from meat to vegetables. The interior of the pan will keep its finish and as you use it it develops what is called a 'patina', which is basically a blackish film that results from the oils used in cooking and the juices of cooking, these should not be cleaned off, as they add to the flavour and performance of your cooking.
I mostly cook vegetables on my Grillit, particularly corn on the cob. I use my pan by first putting it on the gas hob and leaving it to heat up, this takes around 3 minutes, I then brush the interior with oil using a silicon pastry brush and put the corn on the cobs on the Grillit, I leave them until they smell as if they are about the burn and then turn them over, this gives the cobs a great char line and BBQ smokiness in taste.
After I have finished using the Grillit, I leave it to cool on the hob, it is best to put the Grillit on a suitable surface as it will scorch or damage your work top. I then gently wipe it with a damp cloth, being careful not to remove the 'patina' I have developed. If you find that you have brunt your food or add too much oil, you can clean the pan gently with a non abrasive cloth and hot, slightly soapy water. The Girllit also come with a 25 year guarantee, you just need to fill in the form that comes with Grillit and send it off to Le Creuset.
Overall I would recommend the Grillit to others, as it works well, leaves food looking great, and is easy to use, the only downside is that it is very heavy and it is expensive, so for that reason alone it looses 1 star.
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I've had my Le Creuset Grill pan a good few years now. Initially when I ordered it, I planned on slowly buying additional Le Creuset pans until I had a set. After using it for a while however, I changed my mind on that...
This pan is a square cast iron grill pan. Le Creuset are a company renowned for quality and indeed when I received this, I could immediately see that it was well made. It comes in a range of colours; I have the orange, simply because it was the only one available at the time, but I have seen it in red, blue and cream as well.
The first thing I noticed about the pan was its weight. Of course it's cast iron so I wasn't expecting to lift it with my little finger, but it is very heavy and despite being a perfectly fit twenty-something year old, I do find myself struggling to lift it sometimes. It does have a lip on the outer edge of the pan which helps somewhat, as I can lift with the handle in one hand and the lip in the other.
Being a grill pan, the pan has ridges, which means that whatever you choose to cook is raised up off the surface of the pan and any fat or juices drip down into the bottom. There is a pouring lip on each side to dispense of this fat.
The pan is not non-stick, although there are methods of making pans non-stick - something about burning salt in them I believe. One of the best things about this pan, is that being cast iron, it conducts heat very well and then retains heat for some time too. I found quite quickly that the pan gets hotter than my usual stainless steel pans in a shorter time and the first time I used this, I practically welded a chicken breast to it! You also need to take into account that the handle is metal and although it has a coating on it, it still gets hot, so I often need to use an oven glove to move it.
I usually use this pan for grilling meat, as I find it is a slightly healthier alternative to frying and has come in useful since my George Foreman grill bit the dust. I find it is best used with thicker cuts of meat, such as chicken breasts, pork chops or sausages. I did try cooking bacon in this pan, however I found that it cooks so quickly that it tended to stick, so you do have to keep an eye on it almost constantly.
One problem I found with the pan, was that with my last cooker, which was electric, the heat from the ring on the hob didn't seem to heat the whole pan. Say I had three chicken breasts cooking side by side, whichever one was in the corner would not cook properly on the edges as there was simply no heat there. For that reason I think making the pan round could be of benefit. Since moving house, I now have a gas hob and the problem doesn't seem as bad here, providing that I use it on one of the larger rings.
Size wise the pan is quite large at 26cm x 26cm. There is more than enough room for four chicken breasts or four pork chops and you can easily make a fry up for a few people in this pan too.
When I first bought this it came with a care leaflet, which stated that the pan should be washed with a nylon scourer to prevent it being scratched or damaged. I made a trip into town specifically to get myself some nylon scourers, but when it came to using them, I found they were useless! As the pan is predominantly used for meat, I'm sure you can imagine, it gets quite messy, especially in between the ridges. I found that a nylon scourer would barely touch it and eventually gave up and risked using a normal sponge scourer, which brought this up brilliantly first time and after three or fours years of using these, the pan is showing no signs of damage.
The Le Crueset grill pan costs £55 from Amazon, which I think is about average for most places. On the high street you can get this pan from Debenhams, John Lewis or House of Fraser. Although Le Creuset products are often on sale, I find this tends to be their stoneware rather than their pans.
The pan is also suitable for the oven up to a temperature of 190 degrees and is dishwasher safe. Like most of the Le Creuset cast iron products it has a lifetime guarantee.
On the whole this is a good pan. It gets hot quickly and retains heat well and food is always cooked well in this pan. It is also well made and durable too. As I said at the beginning of the review, using this pan has put me off buying other Le Creuset pans. The reason is, that for the price, I would like to have something which is non-stick and something that I can actually lift! This is not the fault of the pan, but it seems my apparently weak arms are not designed to be hauling cast iron pans about! I have trouble lifting my stainless steel pans when they are full of water and veg, so I don't think I'd fare very well with a cast iron one. So whilst I won't be purchasing more products from this range, I will be holding onto this one and would recommend it - just make sure you can lift it first!
What a great alternative to the babrbecue, and certainly a lot more pleasant in the middle of winter! This is a great ridged pan, that cooks meat beautifully, giving them the lovely stripes that we all crave. Because it's made of really heavy cast iron, the heat is even and allows food to cook evenly, so you know your steak is perfect all over. Easy to clean, and because there's no wooden handle, it's dishwasher safe too. A very healthy way to cook also as the ridges mean that any fat that comes from the meat falls to the bottom.
We love our pan, and use it very regulalrly, so it's certainly been a worthwhile addition to our kitchen. Much prefer it to regular frying as the fat is removed, although it is heavy.
While on the pricey side, as with everything from Le Creuset, this is guaranteed to last, so you won't be replacing it any time soon.
Le Creuset grills and grillits have a unique satin-finish enamel is especially suitable for higher temperature cooking such as grilling and seearing / The interior surface does not need to be seasoned before use and will gradually build it's own 'patina' allowing almost fat free cooking.