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Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Red

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  • 5-1/2-quart round-shaped French oven made of enameled cast iron
  • Cast-iron loop side handles; black, phenolic, stay-cool lid knob
  • Heavy, tight-fitting lid helps lock in heat, moisture, and flavor
  • Washing by hand recommended; oven-safe to 350 degrees F
  • Measures 10-1/5 by 10-1/5 by 4-1/2 inches; limited lifetime warranty
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Color Cherry Red Island Spice Red Cherry Truffle
Material Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron
Size 5 1/2 Quart 6 qt 7-1/4 qt 5.5 qt
Dimensions 10 inches x 10.75 inches 14 inches x 7 inches 11.6 inches x 14.1 inches 12.1 inches x 11.5 inches
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Color: Cherry Red

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Beautiful enough for the table yet durable enough to outlive its lifetime limited warranty, this 5-1/2-quart round French oven blends a large capacity with a stovetop-friendly size that makes it easier to work among crowded burners while preparing classics like coq au vin or beef bourguignon, and everyday favorites like pot roast. Like all Le Creuset cast-iron products, it's hand cast in a one-of-a-kind sand mold and hand finished at the Le Creuset factory in France.

The heavy cast-iron oven provides a colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel that resists chipping and cracking and a durable, nonreactive sand-colored interior enamel that offers a smooth surface for cooking, as well as an optimal palette for food presentation. As cast iron is unexcelled for even heat distribution and superior heat retention, and enamel is impervious to acids and odors, the oven browns and cooks food uniformly and gently without hot spots and can be used for marinating, cooking on the stovetop, or finishing in the oven. Two loop cast-iron side handles help ensure safe transport and a steady grip even when wearing oven mitts, and the unit's secure-fitting lid locks in heat and moisture while cooking. The lid's phenolic knob withstands heat up to 350 degrees F, and the vessel can be safely used on any stovetop, including induction. Though dishwasher-safe, the French oven should be hand washed for best results.

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This 5-1/2-quart French oven by Le Creuset is the most forgiving pan I've ever used. If you just happen to forget you're sautéing onions for a soup while you answer the telephone, there's no need to worry--the onions won't burn. Enameled cast iron has been recognized as one of the best materials available for cookware because it retains heat and promotes gentle, even cooking at low heat ensuring that the best flavor is brought out from the ingredients. It's perfect for use on any heat source--gas, electric, radiant, ceramic, halogen, induction, or solid fuel. There's also a tight-fitting, enameled cast-iron lid that helps seal in heat and flavor. Food will be kept hot as you bring it to the table for serving. And you will certainly want to serve out of this beautiful piece--the deep color and shiny finish will brighten any table setting. --Jane DePaolo

Product Details

Color: Cherry Red
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.8 x 4 inches ; 10.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00004SBH4
  • Item model number: L2501-26-67
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,589 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Color: Cherry Red Verified Purchase
This is my go-to pot for soup or stew. It lets me cook on low heat for hours without hot spots, if I control the flame properly on the stove. The heavy cast iron makes it easy to cook slowly, the enamel coating is almost non-stick and inert to tomato or acids that can react with metals. I love this pot because it heats evenly and slowly, and the red color is very cheerful in our white kitchen.

I cook mainly soups and stews (they can be reheated over a few days so I don't have to cook every night.) But my stainless pots tend to burn if I leave them to simmer. I think this is the most-used pot in my kitchen. It's heavy, however and the enamel can chip if you drop the top (not to mention ding your floor.) And it's a bit heavy to take in and out of the oven. I find that silicone mitts are the best for opening the lid or moving it in and out of the oven or on the stove as the stirrup handles get hot and you need a good grip on them.
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Color: Cherry Red
I can't add to all the glowing praise but perhaps I can help you make a decision about size. The 5 1/2 qt size is small enough to make small batches of any food and big enough to make double batches of stews and sauces. I have baked bread, fried, deep fried, stewed, braised, and boiled in this pot. I have a bigger pot and a smaller one, but this one gets used almost every day. If you are wanting to upgrade to this product line, this size is the one to start with. By the way clean up is a breeze-- I have burnt food on, cooked tomato based sauces,burnt spillage on the outside and generally made a mess and my pot looks like new. If I had only one pot in my kitchen this would be it.
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Color: Cobalt
The price of the Le Creuset French Oven is prohibitive - it always has been. Ten years ago, I exchanged five beautiful but unwanted wedding gifts for this French oven. I feared that it might not be worth it, but my fears were ungrounded. The quality, beauty, and versatility of this product is unsurpassed. You can easily braise a meat on the stove, and then bake it in the oven. You can simmer tomato-based sauces for hours, or slow-cook a stew to perfection. If you have a family and enjoy cooking, you will use this product over and over. After ten years of heavy use, my pot still looks new and I still derive great pleasure in using it. Expensive? Yes, but quality items usually are. You will be so glad you bought this.
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By A Customer on November 17, 2001
Color: Cherry Red
I love to cook. I've had my big brown Le Creuset pot for about 3 years now, which I got at their outlet, and it's my all-time favorite pot for cooking. It makes pot roasts, soups, stews, chili, tomato sauce--you name it. They have all been delicious. Slow cooking is ideal in this pot, and I find myself looking for recipes just so that I can make them in it! I loved this pot so much that I bought other pieces in red. I must say, you have to have strong muscles to lift these monsters, but it is so worth it. I also love this pot just to boil spaghetti in. I haven't tried the non-stick frying pans, since I have All-Clad for those, which are great too. I rearranged my whole kitchen to accomodate my Le Creuset pots so that they would be easily accessible for lifting. They are the crown jewels of my kitchen!
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Color: Cherry Red Verified Purchase
I LOVE THIS FRENCH OVEN! Ok, first you can use it on the stove top to sear the meat, deglaze the pan with red wine, place the meat in the bottom of the pan, cover with potatos, some carrots, some favorite herbs and a little extra red wine. Place it in the oven at 375 degrees and when the potatoes are tender, you will have a tender and tasty pot roast. This pot is the secret. I cannot tell you how good it is too cook with this pot! It really does take a good heavy "Dutch" oven like this with a heavy tight fitting lid to make a good pot roast and this is just the item. It is also great with sauces on the stove top and the ability to hold a steady heat is invaluable. The Pot is heavy, it is expensive. It is also beautiful (I love the red) and it is durable. Short of dropping it on stone, it is tough to harm. Cookware like this is an investment in the future, you will never replace it, but you will add on to your collection.
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Color: Cherry Red
My mom still uses a Le Creuset dutch oven from the 1970s. Other than the enamel looking a little worn (scratched up), it works as good as new.
My husband and I received this pot as a gift (from out Amazon wish list, as a matter of fact) about 1 year ago. It's been great for cooking pot roasts, stews, and soups. I don't know what Le Creuset has done in terms of the enamel coating, but nothing seems to stick to it. It's very easy to clean.
The one bad thing that happened was that the handle broke off. But here's the amazing thing - I contacted Le Creuset's customer service and received a new handle within days!! I've never experienced such prompt and helpful customer service before.
I highly recommend this product as well as any of the other dutch ovens by Le Creuset.
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Color: Cherry Red
I think the overwhelming reviews on here speak for themselves - le crueset makes the best cast iron cookware out there. I ended up with a set as wedding gifts from most of my family and have been happily cooking in an assortment of le crueset cookware ever since, so I was extremely disappointed when my dutch oven (my absolute FAVORITE pot... you can cook everything in this thing!) began "popping" while heating up one evening. When I looked, chunks of the enamel were popping off the bottom of the dish.... Mind you, this was 4 months after purchasing!

I went about trying to have the pot replaced by le crueset per their warrenty (clearly something is wrong with the dish - I have never experienced any issue like this before) and am currently at a standstill with the company. They are asking that I shell out a hefty price to ship the pot back to them. I suppose I could put this annoyance asside, but I have also been informed that once they get the dish they will deem the dish defective and replace it at no cost, or decide the dish was abused and require me to purchase a new dish at a reduced price.... No matter what I cannot get my dish back, ever! Even if they determine the dish is defective, they refuse to accept responsibility for the shipping to them and won't offer anything to offset the cost (I asked if they would at the very least offer me a coupon to put towards a future purchase). So - I have to spend about $40 (cast iron is heavy) to ship my dish to le crueset, and THEN another $100 to get a new dish if they won't replace it (and my feeling, based on the poor customer service and refulas to stand by their product, is they won't even though the dish is clearly defective). Not to mention, the replacement process takes 4-6 weeks once le crueset receivs the dish.....
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