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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 Blue Caribbean Caribbean
Material Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron
Size 5.5 qt 5.5 qt. 11 3/4" 3.75 Quart
Dimensions 6.8 inches x 10.8 inches x 13.6 inches 6 inches x 13 inches x 12 inches 1.9 inches x 13.5 inches x 18.8 inches 5.3 inches x 12.3 inches x 14.5 inches
Item Weight 13 pounds 13 pounds 6.8 pounds 13.7 pounds
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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.


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Color:Caribbean  |  Size:5.5 qt
Product Dimensions 10.8 x 13.6 x 6.8 inches
Item Weight 11.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 12.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department Cookware
Manufacturer Le Creuset of America
ASIN B0076NOG5E
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number LS2501-2617
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4.9 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #93,745 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#2,196 in Kitchen & Dining > Cookware > All Pans
Date first available at Amazon.com February 7, 2012

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2012
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: 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: 5.5 qtColor: Cherry
I loved this pot and used it almost daily for 2 years. I followed every rule for cleaning and use, but somehow the enamel got a chip in it. Since Le Creuset offers a lifetime warranty on their products, I was silly enough to believe they'd fix it. I spent $30 to have my pot shipped off to be fixed/replaced, and I finally got a reply today. According to them, the chip was a result of misuse and they had to dispose of it due to safety reasons. WHAT!? My $300 "heirloom quality" dutch oven, thrown in the trash?! Thanks, but I could have saved my $30 and thrown away your junk product for free. As a small consulation, they offered to sell me a new one for $90. This is an awesome deal if this item is indeed a lifetime investment. But if this can't even stand up to use 2 or 3 times a week, then I'm not interested. And to add insult to injury, another reviewer said when their enamel got chipped, they took it back to Williams Sonoma and they replaced it on the spot, no questions asked. I am absolutely outraged that this company would treat their customers like this! And throwing my pot away is insult to injury! I'll stick with Lodge from now on!
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Size: 5.5 qtColor: Cassis
First disclaimer in order, i got this through my points redemption, not from Amazon. I haven't had the foresight to check amazon review first and now am out of some 20000 hard earned points. For a upwards of $200 investment, you would think the inner coating would stick around for a while and not chip as easily. So I am baffled as to why it won't even withstand the lightest use. I am not a baker. I only switched to Le Creuset because I am tired of replacing my non-stick stir fry pan every other year, and the toxic chemicals they purported release. Never did I use any metal on the enamel. Only wooden or bamboo, for an average of 5 uses per week. Usually soak overnight and wash with hands. I haven't put it in the oven yet and the side enamel had a noticeable chip out of the blue. I was much rougher with my nonsticks and yet they lasted longer. Having read the horrid after sale experiences of some folks here, that one had to haggle with Le Creuset in order for them to honor their warranty i am leaning towards not shipping back while praying for their exchange, and be glad that I didn't buy it with *real* money.
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Size: 5.5 qtColor: Cherry
Beware when buying Creuset that the company uses excuses to get out of honouring their lifetime warranty. My mother, who is a very typical home cook, bought a Creuset frying pan and when it started to have chips in the enamel, she tried to claim the warranty. The company tried to blame my mother. This is what the company wrote:

Dear Brenda,

Thank you for your patience.

Le Creuset’s warranty does not cover damage from abuse, commercial use or other non-consumer use, neglect, normal wear and tear, overheating, or any use not in accordance with the cookware instructions provided with the utensil.

With that said, our assessment department regretfully declines this warranty request due to damage caused by overheating. The black satin enamel has been compromised in a way that is instantly recognisable. Medium and low heats will provide the best results for the majority of cooking, including frying and searing. High heats should never be used to pre-heat a pan before lowering the heat for cooking. Cast iron retains heat so well that if a pan/pot is overheated in this way it will contribute to poor cooking results, sticking and discolouration of cooking surfaces that can lead to chipping.

While our guarantee does not cover accidental misuse, we would still like to offer you a 40% discount off of the purchase of a new pan. If this offer is of interest to you, please let me know and I will send you the information and a return authorization form.

Kind Regards,
Sarah
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