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Beautiful Le Creuset Stoneware Crock with Silicone Spatulas
on January 18, 2008
I received this spatula set in red free with the purchase of a 5 1/2 quart red Le Creuset dutch oven. Even with the free super saver shipping, I received this item within just a few days of ordering via UPS. The crock matches the cherry red dutch oven beautifully.
Though I have only used this set for a few days, so far, I am very, very happy with it. Firstly, the color of the stoneware crock is beautiful, graduating from a dark red at the bottom, to a lighter red at the top. Even though there is literally nothing in my kitchen to match red, the quality and beauty of the set made its own place on my counter top. It is very cheerful and easy on the eyes. Though I was suspicious about using silicon utensils while cooking, I did some research, and found that the silicone is heat resistant to 800 degrees!
I used a few of the spatulas today for the first time making huevos rancheros with refried beans. The spatulas worked beautifully scooping the pureed beans and salsa from the food processor, and worked equally well sauteeing onions and these ingredients in my hot non-stick skillet. I've been a wooden spoon man all of my cooking life, but these spatulas, which combine flexibility with heat resistance, are hard to beat. I may well begin to reserve the wooden spoons just for scraping fond and the like.
Although America's Test Kitchen gave the Le Creuset basting brush an average review, I used it today to brush veggie oil on some corn tortillas before putting them in the oven, and it worked great, and did not drip oil from the bowl to the tortilla.
In contrast to the remarks left by others, though I received this set for free, I believe it is worth Amazon's asking price. In addition to being functional, the beauty of these Le Creuset items gives you a jeune sais quoit warm and fuzzy when you finally finish cooking and simply stop to look at them. They begin to look like hard working, very attractive friends just then.