Product Type: Le Creuset Crockery
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Le Creuset Round Casserole
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Le Creuset Round Casserole
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Le creuset translated into English is crucible. A crucible in English is a container that can withstand very high temperatures. Le creuset is an extremely apt word this excellent quality cookware!
A Little History
Le Creuset began producing porceline enamelled pots in 1925 in a foundry in Fresnoy le Grand, France. Over the years it has expanded to offer new products such as cast iron and stonewares. Over the years the company has made much more than casserole type dishes, including fondue sets, cookers, charcole stoves, mugs and cups and serveware. Also the company has expanded its range of enamel colour range from the traditional "volcano" orange.
Since having kids I have bought a casserole dish instead so I could make family sized casseroles and stews. The size is about 12cm high with a diameter of about 30cms, so its quite big and also really rather heavy even before putting the food into it! It has two handles, which are easy to hold onto when I am wearing oven gloves and a well fitting lid with a knob style handle on it.
Cooking With Le Creuset
I find using these vessels to cook is a delight, it is quite literally bung in the ingredients, make sure I have added enough liquid and off we go! I find a well cooked stew or casserole is best slow cooked so the meat becomes very tender and the sauce thick and tasty. Most dishes cooked in my large casserole dish are in the oven for 2 - 2 1/2 hours, on a low heat of about 130 degrees c. Le Creuset pots cook very well and very evenly without turning the pots in the oven.
They are not cheap! I don't know hao much my ramekins were but my casserole dish was about £95. I do believe it is worth it, its used a lot and it really is a vessel for life. The other thing is I can save money by using cheaper cuts of meat like lambs neck and beef brisket and flank. I even did Chinese style pigs trotter's once when some of my Chinese friends came around! I often find that the cheaper cuts of meat work better for stews and casseroles than say chicken breasts as they give the dish more flavour and basic British vegetables such as onions, carrots, swedes, parsnips, turnips and potatoes, all fairly cheap to buy make great dishes.
What are the Vessels Made of?
Well the casserole dish is made from cast iron which is heated to liquid and then pored into sand moulds. After casting the rough edges are sanded off by hand and the cookware is then given two coats of enamel.
Cleaning and Safety
The casserole dish is oven, grill, hob and dishwasher safe (but not microwave obviously because its metal!). It can be used in a variety of heat sources including halogen, induction, gas, oil and wood - they are great for agas. After cooking I always soak my Le Creuset ware, but I never add water to the vessel until it is quite cool. If you add cold water to the vessels when they are really it can cause cracking in the enamel. To wash by hand I use soapy water and a sponge with a soft scower on one side, I never use a harsh scrower on it, however I usually just bung them in the dishwasher!
Amazon now has a Le Creuset store, but they are readily available from stores like John Lewis, Debenhams, some of the larger supermarkets and other homeware shops. They can also be purchased from lecreuset.co.uk. They are available in a variety of different colours, blue, cerise, almond, teal, cassis, coastal, midnight, nutmeg and slate. Mine is cerise on the outside and white enamel on the inside - they are all white on the inside as far as I am aware.
This vessel was an investment and I intend to go on using it for the rest of my life. Yes, it is rather expensive, but well worth it as they cook food perfectly. I wouldn't be without mine.
Summary: "le creuset" is for life, not just for Christmas!