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Old 06-10-2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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Best piece of Le Creuset?

I'm curious to try a piece of this stuff that everyone raves about. What is the most versatile piece to begin with as a test run?

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Old 06-10-2005, 05:57 PM   #2
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I think the best thing LeC makes is the 7-quart dutch oven.

It's big enough to make a pot roast with all the veggies or a batch of stew or chili and leave you with leftovers. Being ovenproof, you can use it to make these things on the stovetop or in the oven. It's the slowcooker's must have.

I prefer the round to the oval as I think it promotes more even heating with round burners.

There are smaller and larger ones but this size is the most versatile.
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Old 06-10-2005, 05:59 PM   #3
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I bought the 4 1/2 qt. round French oven. I know that some others have said that they prefer a larger size, but it is perfect for me. I have made soups, stews, chili, spaghetti sauce, etc. in mine.

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Old 06-10-2005, 07:21 PM   #4
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I second the notion of the 7 qt Dutch oven. Here is the review I wrote on Amazon for this pot:
I LOVE THIS FRENCH OVEN! Ok, first you can use it on the stove top to sear the meat, deglaze the pan with red wine, place the meat in the bottom of the pan, cover with potatos, some carrots, some favorite herbs and a little extra red wine. Place it in the oven at 375 degrees and when the potatoes are tender, you will have a tender and tasty pot roast. This pot is the secret. I cannot tell you how good it is too cook with this pot! It really does take a good heavy "Dutch" oven like this with a heavy tight fitting lid to make a good pot roast and this is just the item. It is also great with sauces on the stove top and the ability to hold a steady heat is invaluable. The Pot is heavy, it is expensive. It is also beautiful (I love the red) and it is durable. Short of dropping it on stone, it is tough to harm. Cookware like this is an investment in the future, you will never replace it, but you will add on to your collection.
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Old 06-10-2005, 07:29 PM   #5
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Andy beat me to the punch. He said every single thing I would have said. It is like he is im my head

Seriously though I really think the 7 quart round French oven is the way to go. It is not cheap, but it is well worth it.
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Old 06-11-2005, 02:00 AM   #6
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When I'm faced with a "which size to get" question I think about two things .... (1) what am I going to cook in it (2) how much do I normally cook. That usually brings up another thought .... you can cook less in a larger pot but you can't cook more in a smaller pot.

My personal preference would be the 7-qt oval.
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Old 06-11-2005, 11:57 AM   #7
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7 quart French Oven by far. I have a 5 qt and a 9 1/2 too and use the 7 ALLLLL the time
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Old 06-11-2005, 12:33 PM   #8
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The concensus appears to be almost unanamous on the size. There is a difference of opinion on the shape.

Why do those of you who prefer oval, prefer oval?
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Old 06-11-2005, 07:02 PM   #9
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I only have a 5qt Oval French oven at the moment - this is enough to cook around 6 portions of a casserole in for a dinner party, but usually I cook enough for 4 people and freeze half when it's just me and DH eating.

I chose oval so that I could fit in a whole chicken or roast.

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Old 06-11-2005, 08:01 PM   #10
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I have the 7 qt. in red and love it!! Definitely the way to go. I paid $120 for it 4 years ago-got it somewhere online. It's worth every penny.
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