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Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Caribbean

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  • 45% larger handles that provide a sure grip, even with oven mitts
  • The superior heat distribution and retention of le creuset enameled cast iron
  • An advanced sand-colored interior enamel with even more resistance to wear
  • A larger composite knob that withstands temperatures up to 500ºF
  • Colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel that resists chipping and cracking
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Color Caribbean Cobalt Blue Blue Caribbean
Material Cast Iron cast iron Enamel Cast-Iron Cast Iron
Size 5.5 qt 7 1/4 Quart 5.5 qt. 5pc set
Dimensions 6.8 inches x 10.8 inches x 13.6 inches 7 inches x 11.6 inches x 14.1 inches 6 inches x 13 inches x 12 inches 15 inches x 13 inches x 12 inches
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Color: Caribbean | Size: 5.5 qt

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

Cooking With Le Creuset
Round French Oven with Lid
Shown in Flame Color
Dinner Party
Shown in Flame Color
Also known as a Dutch oven, this updated kitchen classic enhances the cooking process by evenly distributing heat and locking in the optimal amount of moisture. With ergonomic handles and an advanced interior enamel that resists chipping and cleans easily, Le Creuset's French ovens blend the best of the past with the latest innovations in comfort and functionality.
  • Colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel resists chipping and cracking; interior enamel is engineered to resist staining and dulling
  • Sand-colored interior enamel makes it easy to monitor food as it cooks, preventing burning and sticking
  • Oversized handles provide even weight distribution and a secure grip
  • Ergonomic composite knobs are heat resistant to 500�F
  • Built-in lid stabilizers provide a secure, no-slide fit
  • The lightest weight per quart of any premium cast iron cookware available

Each piece from our extensive range of high-quality enameled cast iron cookware is designed for ease and versatility of use, fitting in with all styles of cooking, all types of cooking appliances and any style of kitchen or dining decor. Please read this section before using your cookware for the first time. The information it contains will help you achieve the best possible cooking results.

Enameled cast iron is a remarkable and robust material that performs well with modern requirements for food preparation and cooking. Whether you choose to stir-fry, slow-cook a casserole, sear a steak or bake a cake, there is a shape that is suitable. Cast iron performs well for either slow cooking or high-temperature searing.

Cast iron can be used reliably on any heat source, including induction, and with any oven or grill. It has the ability to retain heat efficiently, which allows for use of lower heat settings in stovetop and oven cooking. On the table, a hot covered dish will keep food hot for second servings.

Cast iron can also be used to keep foods cold. A chilled dish becomes an ideal cold food server on a hot summer day. It can also be placed in the freezer for food storage or advanced food preparation

High heat temperatures should only be used for boiling water for vegetables or pasta, or for reducing the consistency of stocks or sauces. High heats should never be used to preheat a pan before lowering the heat for cooking. Cast iron retains heat so efficiently that overheating will cause food to burn or stick.

The vitreous enamel surface is impermeable and therefore ideal for raw or cooked food storage, and for marinating with acidic ingredients such as wine.


Product Details

Color: Caribbean | Size: 5.5 qt
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 13.6 x 6.8 inches ; 11.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0076NOG5E
  • Item model number: LS2501-2617
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,871 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

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Size: 5.5 qtColor: Cherry
I bought this because I had used a Le Creuset dutch oven long ago, in grad school. Several of our professors in the department were very good cooks and they all swore by a particular French pot that was the best thing for stews, braised meats, soups --anything, in short, you wanted to cook in a dutch oven.

We've had ours for quite some time. I leave it on the stove because it's heavy and because I probably use it once a week to cook a dinner to serve for the weekend and then pack up for busy weeknights.

It is true that the enamel is practically non-stick. If you do not let the pot get over heated, which it does NOT like, and which will damage the enamel, it will stay "non-stick" for a long time. If you do not scratch the enamel with harsh scrubbing pads or with metal implements, it will stay in good order.

The pot is HEAVY. Now, this is a consideration if you have arthritis. It sounds trivial until you develop joint problems (my thumbs and one wrist are not what they were....) and so lifting it in and out of the oven is an issue for some people. The lid handle, a flat knob, requires you to use a pot holder, and the same for the stirrup handles. I suggest glove-type hot mitts instead of a pad for a sure grip if you are removing it from a hot oven or hot stove.

Clean-up is easy. Let the pot cool, soak in some soapy water, wipe out and if needed, use a mild nylon scrubbing pad. There will be some staining (or patina) from some foods, and if this bothers you, you can use a special cleanser but I don't worry. Some people do clean the stubborn stains with a paste of Barkeepers Friend, which is said not to be abrasive. If you burn the pot, you can remove the burnt-on crust by an easy technique (applies to any pan.) Boil up some baking soda in water in the pan.
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Size: 7-1/4 qtColor: Cherry
My original Le Creuset has the smaller handles and though it's the most beloved pot I own, the handles are an issue. I have a bit of arthritis in my thumbs and I found that lifting the pot using even Silicone Mitts was a bit squirmy and I felt a bit unsure, especially when taking a heavy pot out of the oven.

This pot has bigger handles for a better grip but is the same, wonderful enamel-over-cast iron that works so well for cooking soups and roasts. The enamel is inert (like glass) and is non-stick as long as you remember not to scratch it up with abrasive cleaners and scrubbers. If something sticks, you can soak it when it's cooled down, and there is a TRICK for the sad, black patches that happen occasionally to the distracted cook. (No saving the burnt-flavored food, you're on your own if your pot roast "catches" on the bottom. I taste the sauce, and if no burnt flavor permeates, we are good to go.) To remove burnt patches, let the pot cool down, fill about 1/4 the way with water, add a handful of baking SODA and boil up. Then let sit off heat. The action of the alkaline soda on the somewhat acidic burnt food will lift it right off the bottom in big flakes. Then you can wash out the pot as usual. For stains, you can use a paste of baking soda or try some Barkeeper's Friend (which is said to be non-abrasive.) The pot will eventually stain a bit on the bottom, and that is called "patina"; in other words, don't fret.

This pot stays on my stove all the time--it's pretty and I love the cherry red, though the other colors are equally attractive. I had to choose, and red is good in many kitchens (black and white, yellow, for example.) It looks appetizing.
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Size: 7-1/4 qtColor: Cherry Verified Purchase
There's not much that hasn't been said about this great French Oven, but one thing I'll add/emphasize is that if you're deciding between this and the 5 1/2 quart, this is the one to get.

The 5 1/2 quart pot is terrific, but it is too small for many soups, stews, etc. I can much more easily picture scenarios where people would be wishing the 5 1/2 quart had more room, while it is harder to imagine a case where this one would be too big.
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Size: 5.5 qtColor: Flame
Bits of the inside finish chipped off after I had used it approximately 4 times to make onion soup. I sent it to Le Creuset to be replaced under the terms of their warranty which said that the warranty would be voided if the pot had been burned. I was completely confident that the pot had not been burned. There were no scorch marks, burn marks or any other indications that the pot had been burned. The missing chips were scattered at random on the bottom of the pot. (In other words, they did not show a distinctive circular pattern which may have resulted from the circular heating element.)

Much to my astonishment, they refused to replace it because they claimed that the pot had been burned. It hadn't been burned. They refused to return the pot to me so I had no way of disputing their claim.

However, they did offer to send me another pot for a fairly large amount of money.
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Size: 7-1/4 qtColor: Cherry
This is my 2nd 7 1/4 French Oven. The first lasted about 10 years before the interior enamel on the bottom was worn badly enough that I felt it needed to be replaced. Ironically the interior sides and exterior were pristine and could have passed for new (too bad they can't just refinish the bottom). LC told me to send it in for evaluation, and if they agreed that it was worn but not abused they would replace it free of charge (I had to pay shipping fees to them). They did in fact replace it with a new one. My second one is now over two years old, and it is also starting to show some minor signs of the enamel wearing. You can see it if you inspect it closely, you can also feel it if you run your fingers over it. It's a slightly grainy feeling, as opposed to the perfect smoothness of the intact enamel.

I am a serious home cook and I take excellent care of my cookware, especially this french oven. It's great for so many things, as well as being attractive. But I've really grown tired of cleaning it, and I now find myself using it less and less. Whenever I sear anything (which is often) I get stains on the bottom that are a huge pain to remove. Cleaning it can be a multi-day process of soaking and scrubbing with a no-scratch sponge. I should point out that I have used and cleaned it according to LC guidelines. I don't use prohibited abrasive pads or harsh chemicals. I only use plastic or wooden utensils, just to be extra careful.

I am confused about some reviews that I see claiming that the pot will not stain, or the enamel does not wear. Maybe others simply use the pot no matter what the condition. But I guarantee you if you do anything more than boil water you will get staining and wear. If this doesn't bother you then it could in fact last a lifetime.
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