Product Type: Le Creuset Crockery
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Heavyweight in the grill pan range
Le Creuset Grillit
Member Name: Homelovin
Le Creuset Grillit
Advantages: High quality pan
Disadvantages: Very heavy
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.
Summary: Lovely cooking results