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Old 05-24-2010, 05:00 AM   #1
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Le Creuset stoneware?

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I'm looking for dishes to make lasagna and brownies. I have been looking at the le creuset stoneware. I like the 9x9 for brownies but I'm not sure which one to get to make lasagna and other types of dishes.

I read some where that the oven needs to be cold in order to use these dishes is this true?

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Old 05-24-2010, 05:35 AM   #2
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...I have been looking at the le creuset stoneware...I read some where that the oven needs to be cold in order to use these dishes is this true?
...huh? Cooking in a cold oven is an oxymoron. Maybe you read that these dishes retain their heat so you can remove them and they will continue to cook in their own heat. I did read that about them. It seems that would be a problem as your food might overcook then.

I bake lasagna in a microwave safe/oven safe glass dish that measures 10.5 X 14.75 by Anchor. I like to see the layers when serving. That's a fairly large lasagna. A 9X12 dish would be better for fewer people.
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Hello,

I'm looking for dishes to make lasagna and brownies. I have been looking at the le creuset stoneware. I like the 9x9 for brownies but I'm not sure which one to get to make lasagna and other types of dishes.

I read some where that the oven needs to be cold in order to use these dishes is this true?
I'd say any size you think is appropriate for lasagna would be just fine. Le Creuset is awesome cookware and I have a number of pieces I've had for years.

It's great cookware but you need to understand, like mollyanne said, it does retain its heat better than most other cookware. Having said that, I would treat it as I treat glass when I bake. I usually reduce the oven temperature by about 25 degrees to allow for the super heat retention capability.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:29 PM   #4
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I read some where that the oven needs to be cold in order to use these dishes is this true?
I think Juilo is talking about a non pre-heated oven, (cold oven) and yes it's true.
I had an expensive piece of Pampered Chef stoneware break in a pre-heated oven. It was full of a company casserole and I heard it crack across the room!!

I asked Pampered Chef to replace it, and that's when I learned what I did wrong.

Sometimes an oven really needs to be pre-heated, and for that reason, I'd never recommend buying it. Stoneware is stoneware, no matter the brand.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:37 PM   #5
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Just wanted to add.....
When I do Lasagna for my husband and I, I use a Pyrex loaf pan.
I have a nice high Lasagna that way, and plenty of leftovers for the two of us. Getting the first piece out can be a little tricky, but it can be done with a flexable spatula. ok, Im done now.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:27 PM   #6
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Thanks Everyone!

Kayelle's point about some recipes call for pre-heated oven reminded me about my pizza stone. :( I'm going to buy either pyrex or anchor glass ware instead.
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Thanks Everyone!

Kayelle's point about some recipes call for pre-heated oven reminded me about my pizza stone. :( I'm going to buy either pyrex or anchor glass ware instead.
Yep, Julio, put that Pizza stone in a cold oven, and crank up the heat!!
Then slide the Pizza onto the hot stone.
You'll save yourself some $$ with oven proof glassware too.
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I really like the le creuset stoneware. I was checking their website and it says that freezer to oven is a no no. I'm guessing that if the dish is at room temperature it can go into a pre-heated oven with no problem.

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I really like the le creuset stoneware. I was checking their website and it says that freezer to oven is a no no. I'm guessing that if the dish is at room temperature it can go into a pre-heated oven with no problem.



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Frequently, a website will have a "Contact Us" option. Write them and ask if their stoneware can go from room temperature, filled with room temperature or warmer food, into a preheated oven.
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My company casserole had been in the refrigerator over night. I had it sitting on the counter for about a half hr when I put it into the 350degree oven. I agree with Andy that you could check with the le creuset people before you purchase it, but I personally will never use any kind of stoneware in the oven again. There are too many other options.
My disaster wouldn't have been quite so bad if company wasn't expected.
Grrrr.
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