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Old 04-09-2007, 06:26 AM   #1
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Le Creuset

I'm a big fan of Le creuset pots/dutch ovens. How many should one own, and what sizes? It's just my husband & myself, and occasionally we entertain.


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Old 04-09-2007, 06:27 AM   #2
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Ohhh, I love mine! I have two. Might buy another one eventually but two is good enough for us.

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Old 04-09-2007, 06:42 AM   #3
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Red, if you can get to Clark's Village in Street next to Glastonbury there is a discount Le Creuset shop. There is a Bus from Bristol to Glastonbury/Street, and its not a long walk from anywhere in those two villages....I'm not sure what the bus number is....276? Something like that...something 76 I think...anyway....they have discounts and often have some of the haarder to get hold of colours too ;)
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Old 04-09-2007, 08:27 AM   #4
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If you have other good cookware, you don't need a lot of LeC. Most people use them for stews and pot roasts, chilis, and other slow cooked dishes. I use a 7.25 quart French oven for this type of cooking. It is the perfect size for a pot roast or a batch of chili.
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:03 AM   #5
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I have several, and good copper cookware too. I have too much but that's just me. I would guess a medium and a large dutch oven, and a braiser would be sufficient for most duties. Make one round and one oval so you can hold most things with a minimum of pots.
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:15 AM   #6
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I have one pot (7.5 I think) that I use for everything Andy mentioned. I have a double burner grill pan on my wish list though.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:49 AM   #7
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We have two Staub oval dutch ovens that we love. Our one and only LC pan is this wide and shallow 6.75-quart dutch oven sometimes called a risotto pan. We don't use it for risotto but for braising, and the wider dimension gives you more room for browning first. It's a very versatile size, and we love it.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:51 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Robo410
I have too much but that's just me.
Heh heh, me too, Robo410! My husband thinks I am mental! I have so many pieces of LC cast iron that I have to spread it all around the kitchen for fear the weight of all that CI in one place will make the floor cave in ! I have a pretty fair amount of their stoneware,too...thank God for the LC outlet!
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:55 AM   #9
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I use their 7.25 quart round French oven constantly. I also have a 9 quart and a 4 1/2 quart. I recommend the 7.25 because it's the most versatile, as far as quantities go.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:59 AM   #10
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We have two and they are used so often, I never put them away. It's just Buck and me, but we use them for so many things. Both are oval Dutch ovens. I opted for oval because I could use them for cooking whole hams and/or whole poultry. Soups, stews, etc. don't care what the shape of the vessel is.

The smaller one is a 7-quart. The larger one is 9-quarts. Love them both and they are a fine addition to our old-fashioned cast-iron cookware we already had.

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