Le Creuset French Oven & Covered Casserole Set : The Le Creuset French Oven and Covered Casserole Set continues the rich culinary legacy of Le Creuset artisans who have cast signature enameled cookware since 1925. An outstanding quality of the Dutch oven and square baker is the superior conduction of heat, allowing even baking, to create the naturally golden, light crispy texture that gives breads, entrées and desserts original, home-baked flavor and ensures oven-roasted and broiled meats retain their juicy tenderness. The Le Creuset 3 1/2-qt. French oven and Le Creuset covered casserole deliver the versatility and high performance you need when simmering lobster bisque for two or searing steak to gourmet perfection for the family or small gatherings. The Le Creuset 3 1/2-qt. French oven is enameled cast-iron with a superior-quality porcelain-enamel finish that does not react with food or liquid. The Signature collection round Dutch oven is impermeable to odors and stains for lifetime use. Large handles on Le Creuset 3 1/2-qt. French oven provide a roomier grip to lift with oven mitts and an improved ergonomic knob is heat-resistant to 500 F. Part of the Heritage collection, the Le Creuset covered casserole's premium nonporous stoneware is high-fired at 2,192 F for unmatched strength, durability and longevity. Thick-walled to withstand 500 F oven temperatures, the exceptional porcelain-enameled finish of Le Creuset stoneware is chip-, crack- and stain-resistant. A smooth-glazed interior releases food, ensuring easy cleanup. Le Creuset porcelain-enameled stoneware will not stain, absorb moisture, flavors or odors. Side handles allow easy transport. Tight-fitting lids on both the Dutch oven and square baker seal moisture inside for best absorption of seasonings and flavor. The set goes from fridge or freezer to the oven or stove top, then conveniently to the table for elegant presentation. Dishwasher-safe. The mainstay of French chefs for nearly a century, Le Creuset is synonymous with both exceptional craftsmanship and brilliant style. Leading chefs, restaurateurs and home connoisseurs consistently select Le Creuset for its cooking advantages, performance and bright colored style. To enliven your world of serving and entertaining, the best gourmet meals deserve the cooking finesse of Le Creuset. Product Features Le Creuset 3 1/2-qt. French oven Le Creuset Signature Collection of enameled cast-iron cookware is molded and crafted by hand, combining traditional unmatched craftsmanship with a reinvented, improved design Ideal to simmer stew, ensure a crisp-brown texture on casseroles or braise meat Le Creuset cast-iron provides unparalleled heat retention Smooth porcelain-enameled interior and exterior is nonreactive to food or liquid Modernized lid is more stable and tight-fitting, ensuring greater retention of moisture and flavors, while self-basting foods Newly-formulated enamel interior is more durable, stain- and odor-resistant and easier to clean Handles are 45% larger, providing a roomier grip, even with oven mitts, ensuring safe transport from oven to table Improved ergonomic phenolic knob is heat-resistant to 500 F Bold and dynamic colors accentuate Le Creuset's enameled cast-iron cookware The iron is melted at an extremely high temperature in a cauldron (called a "creuset" in French) then poured into a sand mold. Under the hands of skilled craftsmen, each surface is smoothed in preparation for uniform porcelain enameling Use with nylon, silicone or wooden utensils to better protect the cookware surface Suited for freezer, oven/broiler and all stove tops including electric, gas, ceramic, halogen and induction to 500 F Dishwasher-safe; hand wash recommended Lifetime warranty Le Creuset covered casserole Le Creuset's original Heritage design introduced in the 1930s, in Fresnoy-Le-Grand, France, reinvented for the modern kitchen Superior heat conduction allows the naturally golden, light crispy texture to casseroles, breads and desserts Fired at 2,192 F, Le Creuset nonporous stoneware is chip-, crack- and scratch-resistant Thick-walled, porcelain-enameled surface withstands 500 F oven and broiler temperatures Le Creuset stoneware is unmatched in strength, durability and longevity Smooth-glazed interior releases food for easy cleanup Impermeable to odors and stains, foods will not react to the enameled finish Side handles allow easy transport Safe for freezer, microwave and oven/broiler to 500 F Bold and dynamic colors accentuate Le Creuset's enameled bakeware Use with nylon, silicone or wooden utensils to better protect the cookware surface Dishwasher-safe; hand wash recommended 5-year limited warranty
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I tend to cook meals that are:Vegetarian
Cooking Idol/Inspiration:Daniel Boulud
A crueset is a crucible used to melt gold. Le Crueset is a way to deliver culinary gold to your family and friends. This set contains two quality items; a French Oven and a casserole dish. Although I have had them for only a few weeks, they have passed several tests with gold stars. They are easy to use and easy to clean. The construction of the French Oven retains heat well. This helps with browning and braising meats and veggies. The casserole dish is deep enough that my oven is spared the Pollock splatter. I am very pleased with this purchase.
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Review 2 for Le Creuset French Oven & Covered Casserole Set
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I tend to cook meals that are:Comfort
Cooking Idol/Inspiration:Julia Child
I got this set in the mail earlier this week and absolutely adore it. These are my first Le Creuset pieces, and my only regret is that I did not invest in them sooner! The dutch oven, as specified in the specs, is 3 1/2 quarts--I made braised short ribs the other night and four fit comfortably in the pot with the sauce. The eveness of the heat was absolutely astounding, particularly given my spotty apartment stove. The casserole dish is wonderful as well, and the added convenience of the top makes transporting food a breeze. I hadn't particularly been looking for a set like this (even though I had plans to invest eventually), but a great sale deal like this was too good to pass up. HIGHLY recommend!
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Review 4 for Le Creuset French Oven & Covered Casserole Set