Le Creuset - How to tell what size?
I know this may be a strange questions, but how can I tell what size my LC pieces are? I bought a collection of pots several years ago, but forgot what the actual sizes are. The lids are numbered, so I'm guessing that there's some sort of decoder ring. I have a huge pot that has a #34 on it. It's the big mamma pot that I load up when I have lots of people over. I think it's a 13qt pot, and heavy as heck. I'm trying to get the next size or two down from that one.
Lastly does anyone have the bouillabaisse pot? I have a large one and a small one. I use it for soup. Because of the shape, it's not that good for a roast. What else do you use it for?
You've got some BIG pots. To measure the size of your pots, the easiest way is to fill up a measuring container with water and see how much they hold.
Beside soups, the bouillabaisse pot is good for cooking beans, stews, and anything requiring long slow cooking. The small surface area of the bottom makes it more difficult for browning large amount of food.
I have the same problem. I periodically have to take whichever one I'm curious about, place it next to the sink, and fill it up with water using a 4-cup (1-qt) measuring cup. It's a pain, but it works. You do have to wonder why they don't mark them more clearly. Alternatively, for the round ovens at least and I suppose for the ovals as well depending on how well you remember your solid geometry, you could calculate the volume using the standard formula and do the conversion, but that makes my head hurt.
PBSF has it right about measuring volumes. You can calculate it. That number is the inside diameter of the pan in centimeters. 24 is about 9 1/2 inches and holds 4 1/2 quarts or 4.2 liters. If you have older pans, that corresponds to E.
A 28 is 6.7 liters or 7 1/4 quarts and corresponds to a G in the old labeling. The newer pans have the labeling on the underside of the lids.