Le Creuset cookware is the stuff of legends. I’m at a point in my life where I’m tired of buying a new nonstick set every few years and being worried about the chemicals I may be ingesting. Nonstick is also usually not actually nonstick when you get down to brass tacks, so what is the point anyways? I cook almost all my meals at home, so for me, investing in Le Creuset pieces is pretty justifiable. If you look at the cost per use of the items, they are essentially free because if you properly care for it, you’ll have it for many years! I paid $165 for mine and it’s been worth every penny. I use it almost everyday. That being said, I’ll give you the Le Creuset spiel straight from the company!
“Le Creuset’s iconic French oven is the perfect choice for slow cooking, simmering soups and stews, roasting meats and much, much more. This French oven’s unmatched versatility and superior cooking performance make it an addition to your kitchen that you’ll use every day.
HANDCRAFTED IN FRANCE
At the Le Creuset foundry in northern France, molten iron is sand-cast from a single mold that’s destroyed after use, explaining why no two pieces are exactly alike. Le Creuset legendary cast-iron French ovens are sand-cast, polished and finished by hand, then sprayed with two coats of enamel and fired twice. No other procedure yields cookware that performs as well.
EVENLY CONDUCTS AND RETAINS HEAT
Since Le Creuset’s enameled cast-iron cookware evenly distributes heat, the French oven is perfect for slow cooking everything from soups and sauces to chili and chowder. You can also use your French oven for braising meat, roasting whole chickens, making classics like beef bourguignon, or even baking a cake!
DESIGNED TO MAKE COOKING AND SERVING EASIER
A re-engineered lid makes sure it stays more securely in place and locks in more flavors. Built-in lid stabilizers create a no-slide fit.
THE BEST MATERIALS FOR A LIFETIME OF USE
The smooth, long-lasting exterior enamel resists chipping and cracking, while the durable interior sand enamel is engineered to resist staining and dulling. With a wide range of sizes and vibrant colors, you’re sure to find just the right one. ”
As for all these claims, I can certainly attest to all of them other than the lifetime warranty!
I purchased this in the 3.5 quart size which is perfect for 2-4 person cooking. I’ve never had a pot cook this evenly, even my beloved Staub Dutch oven. The Staub is much larger then this one and not enameled inside. I think those are the big differences. The enameled coating in this is truly nonstick. It doesn’t stain either. I have left tomato soup in it in my fridge for a few days and it cleaned up super quick. That is another great feature: cleanup is a breeze. Burning food in this bad boy is almost impossible. It also works the same way with cold. It will keep stuff cold for a very long time outside the fridge. With it’s superior conductivity, you do have to watch the temperature of your food while cooking or resting because you run the risk of overcooking.
The pot is super versatile. I’ve made all sorts of one pot dishes with it. It’s oven safe up to 500 degrees including the lid handle so you can braise, sear, roast, and fry to your heart’s content. I can’t tell you how amazingly this browns food. All your dishes taste better and have better texture, no joke! You can make bread or cakes in it too. My favorite way to use it is as a slow cooker in the oven. Not as economical or eco friendly as a slow cooker, but if you don’t have one you can adapt the recipes you see for slow cookers with low and slow oven cooking using this magic pot!
It’s also a lovely serving vessel! On a trivet and with the lid on, you can keep food at a great holding temperature on the table without risk of bacteria growth. That makes it a great choice for those lengthy dinner parties.