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chuck goldberg Feb 13, 2002 12:07 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy a Le Creuset casserole (new) online, at a reasonable price?Chuck

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    Ben Feb 13, 2002 12:14 PM

    Check out www.cutleryandmore.com
    I have purchased numerous stuff from these guys. Good prices (free shipping over $99), great selection, and superb service. My Le Creuset french oven arrived w/ a small chip on one of the handle. Call them back, and got a brand new one a week later!!! They did not even ask to see the damage or return! Talk about customer satisfaction =)

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      ERP Feb 13, 2002 12:24 PM

      I think there is a Le Cruset outlet at Wrentham If its not exclusively Le Cruset, its a store that sells it, at discounted prices.

      What is so special about that stuff anyway? Its very heavy... but what makes it so expensive?

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        Ben Feb 13, 2002 12:49 PM

        The Le Cruset stuff is heavy beacuse it is enameled cast iron, and cast iron stuff is heavey as hell. Cast iron cookwares are known for it's ability to retain heat extremely well, which results in low fluctuation in the cooking temperature (unlike other type of cookware where the temp of the pot/pan can drop a bit as cold food is introduced to them). This characteristic comes in very handy when shearing steaks or in braising anything for a long period of time. The enamaled surface allow for caramelization to occur (unlike non-stick pans), yet it's non-stick in the sense that any build-up on the surface can be removed relatively easily. I have braised some oxtails for 12 hrs on a very low flame w/ nothing burned/stick to the bottom!

        One of the reason for high price is the build quality. My friend has same type of cookware by other manufacturer.. and over time (he recieved those from his grandmother, so it's a bit old) the enamel cracks. Le Cruset has a 99 year warrenty... so should that happens, you can get a replacement. So you are really buying something for life here.

        Expansive, but worth the money (plus the "flame" color looks sooo cool =)

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          Beth Feb 13, 2002 01:19 PM

          If you're willing to look off-line, may I suggest a trip to Marshall's? Went to the Back Bay branch a while back and was v. surprised to find quite a large selection of nicely-discounted Le Creuset. Could have just been a holiday phenomenon, but it made me wish I had some $$ left in the gift budget for myself.

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            Carrot Feb 13, 2002 01:46 PM

            I second the Marshall?s suggestion. Also check out TJMAXX. My fiancé and I received three of these things from his bargain-shopper mother. They are great and we use them for everything; great for pasta sauces. We also have one that we received as a gift from William Sonoma (discounted because of discontinued color, but I doubt that bargain can be replicated---it was a fluke). The TJMAXX and the brand new Williams Sonoma barely differ?the glaze is just slightly off color on the bargain basement variety.

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              Alan H Feb 13, 2002 04:02 PM

              Might also try Home Goods (HG, TJMaxx, and Marshalls are all owned by the same company--TJX). I saw some there the other day.

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            Alan H Feb 13, 2002 04:00 PM

            >> Ben wrote:
            >>>This characteristic comes in very handy when shearing steaks

            LOL! Yeah, I hate when my steaks are all hairy!!!

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              lynn Feb 14, 2002 08:13 AM

              try www.broadwaypanhandler.com. their ad in yesterday's nyt food section says their le creuset sale runs through the end of february.

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            ERP Feb 13, 2002 12:25 PM

            I think there is a Le Cruset outlet at Wrentham If its not exclusively Le Cruset, its a store that sells it, at discounted prices.

            What is so special about that stuff anyway? Its very heavy... but what makes it so expensive?

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              chuck Feb 13, 2002 01:24 PM

              You are right...Le Creuset IS heavy, chips easily, but it makes a great, even cooking casserol. I don't like their fry pans. They seem to pit. But the casserols are worth the trouble.

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              9lives Feb 16, 2002 11:01 AM

              Just another endorsement for Le Creuset. The other night I braised some veal shanks, a specialty of the house at Chez 9lives. I usually do the dish in a calphalon pot with a good lid. This time I used a LC Dutch oven..the veal seemed to be more tender, and I was able to maintain a low temp for a long time. I now have the dutch oven on long term loan. BTW, the Marshall's in downtown does not presently have any LC products..haven't checked in Back Bay yet.

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              robert belson Feb 13, 2002 04:30 PM

              I don't know if they have Le Cruset but I got my All-Clad at Cookware & More -- you have to paste their long address below into your browser. They sell at outlet prices, seconds sometimes, but give 20% discounts over 5 pieces on top of their low prices. Lowest price on All Clad I could find.

              https://www.outletsonline.com/cgi-bin...

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