Le Creuset 5 1/2 Quart Round French Ovens
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- cleans easily for handwashing, dishwasher safe
- absorbs heat evenly allowing food to be served warm at the table
- heavyweight allows for moister more flavorable foods from condensation
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Crafted from heavy stoneware, Le Creuset cookware is the ultimate ingredient for chefs and home cooks worldwide. With its recessed-edge lid, this enameled cast iron oven masters slow cooking, evenly distributing and retaining heat. Not only does the lid provide an effective moisture and heat lock for the dish, but it prevents spills and protects its contents. 5.5-quart capacity Secure stoneware lid High-quality exterior enamel protects against metal marks and other damage - Colors: Marseille,Flame,Cherry
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-These conduct heat very well. You get a nice even heat and the pot retains it quite well. I love this because I never have to worry that things will cook unevenly. The excellent heat retention also means that if I have a pot out for awhile after cooking the food stays quite hot as people go for seconds and thirds.
-These are very easy to clean. This was a major advantage to me as I also own several All Clad stainless pots and find them to be challenging at times. These are certainly much easier. As long as I catch a stain right away I usually don't have a problem removing it with the Le Creuset 12-Ounce Enameled Cast-Iron Cleaner. However I will say that the pot has still gotten some scratches in the interior and light stains(almost like a light golden brown patina). Originally this bothered me because when I invest in pricy cookwear I try to keep it looking perfect, but over time this has bothered me less and less. It doesn't make the pot look dirty or interfere with cooking so I have learned to live with it. The Le Creuset cleaner so far has been a godsend. It has helped me to remove tough, burnt on stains although I have a bit more trouble with the stains left behind from deep frying or old stains that have been missed.
-It's great for low fat cooking. When I spray it with a little bit of cooking oil I don't have many problems with things sticking. However, it still works well when I intentionally want the 'brown bits' stuck to the bottom so I can deglaze.
-It's attractive. This goes without saying, but is still worth mentioning. I constantly get compliments on my Le Creuset pieces and they are beautiful enough that I leave them on my stove fulltime.
-There is actually only one negative, which is the weight. This pot can get a little heavy when it's full of soup or a large roast. This doesn't stop me from using them daily, however it's worth mentioning as anytime my mother lifts one of mine she inevitably mentions it. If weight is an issue for you I highly recommend you try lifting one in store (preferably tossing a few items inside if you can to simulate the weight of soup or meat) before purchasing. However, if you are an active, relatively fit person this shouldn't pose an issue.
Overall I cannot say enough how pleased I am with my pots. I thought they might be something pretty that wouldn't function well, but that has not turned out to be the case at all. I highly recommend them.
My first, first quality 5.5 quart French oven was received (not from Amazon.com) with a VERY warped lid. I requested, and received the OK from Le Creuset USA to return the oven for exchange, they issued a call tag, and 3 1/2 weeks after I shipped the defective oven I received its replacement. The new oven's lid seems to be OK, but there is a small round discolored spot on the top of the lid, red over-spray inside the pot, discolored specks fused in the tan enamel, and the overall enamel on the bottom does not have a consistent texture (heavy toward the center). Seem picky?, maybe. But for a first quality $200+ enamel cast iron pot with such a self vaunted reputation for flawless quality, I expect more and don't want to have to use the warranty again for what seems like a pot that should have been marked "seconds". I can only hope what I now have will not effect the integrity of the enamel with use.
I'm pleased that the warranty does seem to be honored; just the same I wish better QC could be used so that the hype lives up to the reality. After my recent experience, I believe I would only buy seconds sight unseen, not first quality. Not sure if 3 weeks and 3 days is the norm for warranty service, but I can tell you it would be nice if it could be expedited a bit if it is the norm. I write what I say to be constructive, and do not want to appear negative for what might seem negativity sake. I will say properly made Le Creuset French ovens work very well, are a joy to use, and make me a better cook. If you get a good one, you will love it and the results you receive.
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