Saturday, February 20, 2010

Guest Post {1} Le Creuset Review by Jill Feltenberger

After finding out that I received some Le Creuset cookware for Christmas. Megan asked if I’d be interested in writing a review of them for megasimple. Of course I would! Once I had a chance to play around with these new top-of-line pieces, (albeit purchased at an outlet store) I found that I had so much to say about these beauties!

Taking the four new, cobalt blue pieces and replacing my stainless steel set began the process of kitchen simplification and prioritizing. Although I was shocked that my husband spent so much on these (even at the discounted price), it quickly becomes apparent that these enameled cast iron pots and pans are worth their weight in, well, cast iron. With a lifetime warranty, it’s a good bet that my kids will be cooking with these long after I’ve braised my last beef roast. The enamel coating allows for super easy and quick clean up—much easier than stainless steel. The cast iron cooks slowly and evenly and can be transfer from stovetop to oven. Cooking with these, you can deglaze like the pros and serve directly from the heat-retaining dishes. If you’re like me, fewer dishes to clean makes for one happy girl! And…are you ready for this…they can go into the dishwasher!

So I’ve probably made it pretty obvious that I am enamored by my new cookware. However, I do want to make sure that anyone out there considering investing in Le Creuset, you keep a few things in mind. Firstly, these suckers are HEAVY; therefore, they need a sturdy storage space and sometimes a second person to hold or scrape. Also, do not mistake the enamel as a non-stick surface. If you’re looking to make an omelet in one of these, be prepared for some sticking. Because of this, I’ve held on to the one nice non-stick skillet I have. Other than that, guys, I can’t think of any other “cons”. Once you get over the price-shock and realize that these beauties will be around longer than you, it all starts to make sense.

Bottom line, if you’re a casual cook who relies on Hamburger Helper and frozen chicken nuggets to get you through the week, you probably won’t see the allure of this cookware nor need to make the investment. But for those of you who love your food and cooking it, I would recommend you look into treating yourself. By the way, you won’t find any other cookware with so many delightful colors to choose from. Pretty and functional. It doesn’t get any better than that!  le crueset Thanks for the great review! I don’t currently own any Le Creuset, but if I did I’d want a variety of colors.  Le Creuset wears color very well.
2010_01_14-LeCreuset Here are two recently released colors, cassis and lilac.petitcocettesurlatable   petit au gratins 
As Jill mentioned, there is a bit of a price shock associated with the Le Creuset cast iron pieces.  The mini cocottes and au gratin pieces from the stoneware line are equally as colorful and won’t break the bank.

This YouTube video shows how the cast iron pieces are produced.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, the review is so good, I actually want some and I don't even know how to cook! I will have to get a second job just to buy one pan! They are so expensive! Are you sure a personal chef doesn't come with them for that price? HAHA