Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 3.5 Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Cherry
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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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Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry
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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The one observation which I feel I must make, however, is that this cookware is indeed priced as a first-rate product of the highest craftsmanship and manufacturing standards. One must ask one's self: will my enjoyment and appreciation of this piece make the cost worthwhile for me? I own a variety of enamelled cast iron pieces from various manufacturers, and Le Creuset does stand out from the rest. But I have not felt inclined to replace any of my existing pieces with Le Creuset. For all that Le Creuset is clearly a higher quality product, the other pieces perform perfectly well. My prime motivation in purchasing Le Creuset was the wide range of sizes available. This 3.5 quart "French Oven" is a very useful size, and hard to find elsewhere.
The Le Creusets are cast iron with an enamel coating. I have tried some different brands, but there are only a few others that come close in quality (Staub, Lodge.) The cheaper copies tend to rust at spots where the enamel cracks away from the edges. This is one case where the name brand does make a big difference. I've bought seconds of Le Creuset at their outlet (this offer is a second) and usually they are fine and it's a minor imperfection, not one that affects the life of the pot.
The Cherry color is a dark red. It gets darker when you heat it up, but the color returns to the cherry red when it cools. There are a lot of color choices, but this color is appetizing with food as so many foods are red or brown. I started with red, because I didn't like the original Flame (orange red) color and few colors were available. Now there are many colors, so it's very hard to choose if you are going to get an entire set for the kitchen.
I started admiring and using 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. The ones I have now are sort of stained (they get a "patina") but if you use harsh abrasives, it's not good for the enamel, which makes this kind of pot essentially non-stick. So just clean it out well after cooking. If you happen to burn food on the bottom, boil up some baking soda in water in the pot. It will lift off the burnt bits without the need for anything abrasive.
The pot is HEAVY. I recommend silicon Silicone Oven Mitts for moving the pot in and out of the oven or on the stove and for lifting the lid. The knob is made from a phenolic resin that is heat-resistant to about 450 degrees, but it gets hot.
This kind of pot lasts virtually a lifetime if you take care of it and usually becomes the most-used in the kitchen. Mine just stays out on the stove--it's attractive and it's the one I'm probably going to use to make arroz con pollo or soup or pot roast or a stew. I like to give these as wedding presents because it's generally appreciated by the bride and groom. If they haven't registered a different color, this makes a great present.
So anyway i contacted Le Creuset and explained what happened, the lady on the phone with a southern accent didn't seemed all that eager to be helpful. She basically said to just send the item in at my cost and they'll evaluate it to see if the damage is covered under the warranty or if it's something else....
What a pain and hassle!!! Not even to mention the cost of shipping such a heavy pot. I could buy a dutch oven of the same quality or better from costco and if anything happens, they'll exchange it or give me my money back. No questions asked.
Needless to say, that was the last time I purchased anything with the Le Creuset name unless if it's stocked at costco. I own a Kirkland brand Dutch oven, it does exactly the same thing Le Creuset's does for less money and unbeatable return policy.