Product Type: Le Creuset Crockery
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Le Creuset Oval Casserole
Member Name: Ninski1
Le Creuset Oval Casserole
Advantages: Looks good and performs well
I have a number of Le Creuset items in my collection in the Almond colour range. I was given the 27cm oval casserole dish as a present and they are currently retailing on Amazon for £95.60 (September 2012). They are also available in 23cm, 25cm, and 29cm.
The dish is almond in colour with a black central knob made out of plastic, though it can be used in the oven and it has small handles on each side to allow you to carry the casserole dish around the kitchen.
The Le Creuset cast iron range is very heavy and once you have loaded it with a stew or casserole they are even heavier, so they are not suitable for every one to use. As with the rest of the cast iron range the casserole dish can be used on all hobs, including ceramic, halogen, induction, gas and oil/wood, and they come with a life time guarantee. The casserole dish can also be used in the oven and is dish washer safe, it cannot be used in a microwave and cannot be but in the freezer. The pan is not suitable for dry cooking, so it is best to add a drop of oil if you are frying onions etc, this is because the enamel would be damaged, also as they are made from cast iron the pans seem to take a little longer to heat up than other pans that I have used, heating the pan on a medium heat and leaving it that way seems to allow me to have an evenly distributed throughout the cooking process. It is also best to use either wooden or silicon spoons, not metel for stirring so that you do not damage the enamel base of the casserole dish. Once I have finished with the pan I leave it on the counter to cool, and Le Creuset also advises that you do not plunge the casserole dish into cold water whilst it hot to prevent damage. Also you should not use abrasive cleaners or cloths to clean the pan. I find that if food residue is stuck to the bottom of the pan a good soaking in warm soapy water always lifts of the residue.
We are a family of 3 and the pan is plenty big enough for us, I have done a casserole for 6 before and still had room in the pan for more food. I tend to use the casserole dish on the hob mostly, leaving it to simmer gently, but I get just as good results when using it in the oven.
Overall I would recommend the oval casserole dish to others, as it is great to look at and is easy to use the only downside really is the weight of the pan, although they are expensive I think they are a good investment.
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Summary: Good pan that will last a life time
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