Product Type: Le Creuset Crockery
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Le Creuset Round Casserole
Member Name: nilo0901
Le Creuset Round Casserole
Advantages: Durable, classic design, good for slow cooking
Disadvantages: Handle on the lid can come loose
Le Creuset are a brand of premium and durable kitchenware probably most famous for their casserole pots and dishes. They are a French company founded in 1925 and are renowned for their unique production methods using enamel coated cast iron to make their pots. Their design is iconic and the durability of their products phenomenal. In my opinion they are definitely worth forking out the extra money for. At £80 upwards on average depending on size and where you purchase from, they are expensive but given how long they last are a worthwhile investment.
This review focuses on the round casserole pot. As with most of their products, this comes in a range of colours from baby blue, through white to orange or red. I purchased the red version which is a deep red that deepens further with time and age. We've had it well over a year and the colour has already changed with time and use, but little else has.
The design is classic and iconic. The dish itself is circular and gets wider towards the top. It's not curved vertically but a straight incline with a sharp corner to the base. At the top on each side are 2 small handles that are part of the mould of the main body so won't come apart from it... but on the other hand will heat up very quickly with the pot. The overall design is simple, modern, functional and practical. The lid is ribbed and a shallow convex with a black handle in the top. Again here they have gone for function over beauty as it's not an elegant handle, but a very practical and durable one. The most noticeable feature is it's incredible weight. As these pots are made from enamel coated cast iron they weight a ton (not literally) compared to other earthenware pots... and that's before you've put anything in them. You wouldn't want to drop it on your foot as it would likely break it.
Due to the weight and the materials used, these are excellent for slow cooking and giving an even thorough cook. The lip of the lid has a rubber rim so creates a pretty tight seal for optimum stewing. The base is very thick so can be use either in the oven or on the hob without fear of cracking or breaking.
Durability as mentioned above is excellent. I've dropped mine (thankfully not on my foot!) and it withstood it. From my experience despite heavy use it has not scratched or become obviously worn except for the colour (but the age is quite a nice touch). The only slight issue has been that the handle on the lid does come lose but as it is screwed on it's very easy to screw it back into place.
It's hard to fault the design and manufacture of these pots. Thy have been making them the same way since the companies founding in 1925 and there must a reason for it... And that is their simplicity, reliability and efficiency endures as long as the pot itself. It's a pot for life, not jut for Christmas.
Summary: Classic, durable pot that will last a lifetime