Lecreuset Cookware - Anybody Have Any Experience?
Q: I have a glass top stove and very old pans that are warped and do not sit flush. I am thinking about purchasing LeCreuset cookware even though it seems kinda expensive. Anyone have any experience with this cookware? Do foods stick to it, etc. etc.
A: Le Creuset is heirloom quality stuff. I have 3 different sized cocottes, saucepan with double-function lid, ribbed griddle, etc. Love them! The only only things you will need to watch is to avoid damaging the enamelled liner (Glissemail) and note the weight. LC skillets are hard to handle if you have arthritis in your wrists, or some other special limitation. Periodically, you'll need to clean the enamelled liner, but that's not a major problem. I have some that I (amazingly) bought at Best Buy when they decided it was too upscale for their customers and that they wanted to get rid of it. It's really good stuff! I've never had any problems with foods sticking to it at all. Then again, my stuff is fairly new, and I won't know how it holds up with age until I get older. One main thing you have to consider is that it's going to be heavy, since it's enameled cast iron. So if you have any arthritis problems, it's probably not a good idea. I have used Le Crueset for many years and have found them to be well worth the expense. They do require care when handling and cooking though - it is unwise to use extremely high heat - either gas or electric - as this can cause burning, though no more than any other pan. They are easily cleaned and inside enamel can be revitalised by regular soaking in mild bleach solution. The guarantee is lifetime, and I can vouch for that! My mum bought a set of saucepans 20 odd years ago and with regular use (and probably a little abuse) some of the enamel chipped away. Le Crueset replaced them free of charge...there aren't many manufacturers around who would stand by that sort of lifetime guarantee. They cook superbly, clean up well, and are an attractive addition to any kitchen/table.
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