Last Updated Jan 2020 – Founded in 1925, Le Creuset Cookware Company has come to be known for its production of high quality and individual enameled pots and pans. The first of their products was a covered casserole (called a cocotte).
As the company grew, it became increasingly popular. As such, Le Creuset started adding to its line. After World War II, the company continued making cookware – even proceeding to export all over Europe and to the United States.
WHY LE CREUSET?
So, what’s the big deal with Le Creuset? If you are like me, you probably love your kitchen and only choose the best of the best to help you prepare delectable meals for your friends and family.
If, however, you’ve never used Le Creuset, then you most likely won’t be able to understand what the fuss is all about. Still, I am here to assure you that Le Creuset is one of the best cookware brands out there.
Here are a couple of reasons why I love the cookware they sell:
– It is durable
– It heats food evenly and perfectly
– You’ll have an easy time with the cleanups due to the enameled coating
– It looks amazing
– It is of a high quality
– It can be used with ceramic, induction, electric, and gas ranges
– The flat bottom will sit well on your cook top/stove
– It comes with porcelain enamel coating that won’t absorb flavors or odors
– The lids are designed to seal in flavor and moisture
– The knobs are heatproof (up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit)
– It’s heavy, meaning you should be able to turn off a casserole or soup 30 minutes before it’s due and the food will continue cooking within the retained heat of your pot.
THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE
To further understand why Le Creuset is such a big deal, you need to know how it’s made. At its most basic, the cookware is made of cast iron before the enamel is applied to it.
As such, your cookware will retain all the benefits that come with cast iron while also looking beautiful, remaining easy to clean, and rust-free. I even have a couple of pots that my grandmother left me in her will – looking as good as new.
To shape each pan and pot, the manufacturer makes two sand molds. One is used to shape the inside of the cookware while the other forms the shape of the outer layer. These molds are then fitted together – leaving a small gap in between.
Then, melted raw materials are poured into the small gap. After casting, the shape is allowed to cool before being removed from the mold for finishing. Le Creuset breaks the mold and recycles the sand to ensure that no piece of cookware looks like another.
After that, the pots and pans are finished and smoothed to ensure that enamel goes on the surface perfectly. Then, the enamel is added, as well as a colored coat to finish the piece up.
In my experience, Le Creuset is worth every penny you would dare spend. The quality production, the durability of the pots and pans, among others all go a long way in ensuring that this is the case.
However, not everyone can afford to get a complete Le Creuset set. This is why the brand makes for excellent gifting for weddings and showers. As such, you might want to complete your set piecemeal. The durability will ensure that you get everything right.
Where possible, I’d advise that you only get your Le Creuset from reputable dealers. Some outlets do stock the products, and you can buy second hand.
DELECTABLE LE CREUSET RECIPES
There are many amazing recipes that you can use on your Le Creuset cookware. Some of my favorites include:
– Sautéed Beef Medallions
– Mixed Berry or Peache Clafoutis
– Omelette aux Fines Herbes
– Seafood Paella
– Skillet-fried Chicken
IS LE CREUSET WORTH IT?
As mentioned above Le Creuset might prove to be too expensive for you. However, I can attest to the fact that it will be worth everything.
The brand makes its products so much better that you’d rather spend a little more to get the high quality on offer.