Product Type: Le Creuset Crockery
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Le Creuset Oval Casserole
Author Name: superness11
Le Creuset Oval Casserole
I'm a little bit of a food snob and very choosy over the utensils, pans and pots I use in the kitchen. I am by no means a budding chef but I enjoy cooking for my friends and family. Le Creuset is a house hold brand name but with a touch of luxury and one of my families favourites.
No wonder they offer a lifetime guarantee!
Le Creuset began producing its first porcelain enamelled cast iron pots in 1925 from its foundry in Fresnoy le Grand, France. It is from this base that Le Creuset continues to produce its world famous cast iron pots.
*Price and availability*
This pot can cost £130.00, however if you visit the outlet stores; you can pick it up for around half the price. However the latest colours will probably not be available. I went to TK MAXX who often have Le Creuset products in and found this pot in red. It cost me
£26.00, which is fantastic value. I never let on to my guests the real price however!
The casserole dish comes in a variety of colours, the one I have is red and the shade is called cherise. The pot is made from cast iron which is extremely heavy. On the plus side of this, it is definitely built to last. The pot is 29 cm wide and holds 4.7 L, which works out at about 6 portions of casserole, rice etc.
It has a homely feel about it and when I place it on the table using two oven gloved hands wrapped around the two handles I think it evokes the image of a hearty well cooked meal. The enamel finish makes the pot look attractive and makes the pot easy to clean after use. It also prevents food sticking and becoming baked on. Similarly, inside the pot, the interior is a smooth gloss finish in a sand colour. This will clean easily by hand or by dishwasher.
The tight fitting lid keeps flavours in and keeps warm for hours. It's excellent heat retention qualities mean that only low to medium heats are needed to ensure even heat distribution
The pot can stand up to severe amounts of heat. It can withstand temperatures up to 190 degrees Celsius. You can freeze it and its dishwasher proof. It is ideal for casseroles, stews, pot roasting and perfect for preparing soups and rice dishes, even for baking.
When you bring your pot home, firstly remove all labels. Wash the pan in hot soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly.
Do not cut foods directly on any enamel surface.
Electric hand held beaters or mixers should not be used in any cookware. Permanent damage to all surfaces will be caused.
After use always cool a pan for a few minutes before washing in hot soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Do not fill a hot pan with cold water or plunge into cold water as thermal shock damage to the enamel may occur.
If there are food residues fill the pan with warm water and leave to soak for 15 - 20 minutes and then wash in the usual way. Nylon or soft abrasive pads or brushes can be used to remove stubborn residues. Do not use metallic pads, or harsh abrasive cleaning agents, as these will damage the enamel and polished trims.
I like the adaptability of the product. The pot can be used in the oven or on the hob and cooks your food equally throughout, making the food tastier. I use my pot for stews, baking, risottos, cooking vegetables and sauces. Due to the size, I have even used the pot to steam a whole chicken!
Le Creuset state that the cast iron is 9 percent lighter than the leading competitor.
Whether this is true or not, it is still very, very heavy. It does annoy me sometimes that it is so heavy as getting it out of the oven when it is hot can be a bit of a chore. Nevertheless, as I said above; it is built to last.
The main advantage I find of using the pot is the way it conserves heat. Once hot it requires only a low to medium heat setting to maintain a good cooking performance. It can even be removed from the heat leaving the food to cook in its own heat. This is good news as not only is it energy efficient and less gas is used on the hob; it also keeps the food warm for longer on the table. A great advantage for all the gannets who like seconds helpings!
I'm really happy with the product and would recommend it to anyone looking for a pot with multi uses.
Summary: So many uses...
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