Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 2-1/4-Quart Buffet Casserole, Red
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- 2-1/4-quart buffet casserole made of enameled cast iron
- Cast-iron loop side handles facilitate convenient transport
- Secure-fitting lid with phenolic knob locks in heat, moisture, and flavor
- Hand washing recommended; oven-safe to 350 degrees F
- Measures approximately 10-4/5 by 13-2/5 by 4-3/5 inches; limited lifetime warranty
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Inspired by traditional French braisers, which employ both wet and dry heat to break down and tenderize tough cuts of meat, this versatile buffet casserole comes in handy for a variety of culinary endeavors. Its gently curved sides, shallow profile, and wide, flat base allow for techniques such as poaching, searing, roasting, and browning. The buffet casserole holds 2-1/4 quarts and measures approximately 10-4/5 by 13-2/5 by 4-3/5 inches.
Made of heavy-duty cast iron, the cookware's colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel resists chipping and cracking, while its durable, nonreactive sand-colored interior enamel offers a smooth surface for cooking and 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 unit 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. The casserole comes equipped with two cast-iron loop side handles to facilitate convenient transport, and its secure-fitting lid locks in heat, moisture, and flavor. The lid also comes fitted with a black phenolic knob that's oven-safe to 350 degrees F. Beautiful enough for the table yet durable enough to outlive its lifetime limited warranty, the cookware can be safely used on any stovetop, including induction, and should be hand washed for best results.
Beautiful enough to bring to the table and durable enough to outlive its 101-year warranty against defects, this heavy casserole is perfect for preparing and ceremoniously serving dishes such as baked pasta, steamed mussels, and cherry cobbler. Use it in the oven or on the stovetop. Made of cast iron, with an exterior and interior clad in two coats of Le Creuset's famous bright enamel, this shapely casserole holds 2-1/4 quarts and measures 2-1/2 inches high without the lid. Cast iron is unexcelled for heat distribution and retention, so this casserole cooks foods evenly and gently at low temperatures without hot spots and is suitable for all heat sources. The plastic knob on its heavy, tight-fitting lid is ovenproof to 450 degrees F. Loop handles make this casserole easy to carry, and the casserole is dishwasher-safe. Like all Le Creuset cast-iron products, it is hand cast in a one-of-a-kind sand mold and hand finished at the Le Creuset factory in France. --Fred Brack
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1/11/13 Updating my earlier review. Basically...I am reviewing all 3 of the LeCreuset Braisers (a/k/a buffet casserole). At the risk of sounding uppity, I would say all that know me would regard me as a extremely good cook. I have all 3 sizes of the LeCreuset braiser with my latest being the 5 quart which is great. These braisers are invaluable. Yes..the 31/2 & 5 qt carry a little weight, but afterall...they are cast iron. I cannot understand some reviewers of LeCreuset calling these products "delicate" & "hard to clean" as it makes no sense. There is nothing delicate about LeCreuset. Although I mention that I have all 3 of the braisers, I have many other pieces that I constantly use for all kinds of things. These products are work horses in the kitchen and clean up beautifully. I don't care what gets stuck to them...a little soaking with some Dawn dish detergent and you barely have to wipe. If you have heavy duty browning stuck to this cookware you may need to give a slight rubbing, but nothing of any consequence. As an example...yesterday afternoon...1/10/13...I roasted allot...and I mean allot...if sliced up beets in my 5 quart braiser to which I add many other ingredients to the beet mix. I roasted at 410 for about two hours...because I had so much....with the lid on until the end when I then do the last 20 minutes with the lid off. Yes...there was significant browning on the bottom and sides of the braiser which one would have looked at and thought that it would be time consuming task to get all of this off. Truly...after removing the beets I soaked the braiser in hot water with Dawn detergent for maybe 5 minutes at the most and then with the rough side of my sponge I was easily able to lift all that had stuck and my braiser looked like brand new again. I would suggest not to listen to the reivewers who give LeCreuset negative comments and at least give one piece a try and a good piece to try is one of the braisers. I would start with the 3 1/2 quart or if you like to roast high quantities of food go for the 5 qt. Also, the dutch ovens are fabulous. Remember, there are people who nothing can please them....nothing....so I would not pay much attention to the negative LeCreuset reviews. Chefs all over the world use LeCreuset and Chefs are not investing in very expensive equipment that is delicate and is a problem to clean.
Because this heats up to very high temps and retains the heat you need a thick trivet before you put it on the table. But it keeps the food warm until you are ready for seconds which, is great because you dont need to go back with your dinner plate to a microwave. It makes a good portion for 4 people for gratins, casseroles, stews, beans and rice, curries which, you can serve with bread or rice or rotis and a side salad. I also used it for a tarte tatin and a batter pudding (a kind of grunt) but you need a good size oven because the lids make it a wide pot.
Like all Le Creusets its solid and built to last, cooks evenly and browns well. I wash by hand.