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Sep 4, 2007 10:10 AM

Le Creuset?

How much is too much? I feel addicted. How many pieces do you have?

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  1. I have two pieces (a 5 quart dutch oven and a skillet). I liked the dutch oven and bought one for my mom for Christmas (thanks to a great EBay deal). In so doing, I created a monster. She has about 10 different pieces for their house, and then bought an additional five pieces (in a different color, of course) for their cabin that they use on weekends in the summer.

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    1. re: Megiac

      I don't own any pieces...I've seen it and I think it is beautiful. Please explain the magic to me.

      1. re: amy_rc

        The magic is just as simple as the combination of the heat retention and distribution of cast iron coupled with the relatively easy clean up and durability of the enamel coating. The combination makes for cookware with basically no hot spots, in which you can sear, saute, fry, braise, roast...and just about anything else, very easily. You can go at the pots with a scrubber to clean them and you don't have to season them.

        The downside for many is the weight. They're heavy. Very heavy. Other than that, they're pretty amazing cookware.

        1. re: ccbweb

          Don't forget the significant initial outlay. They're expensive, even with an outlet discount. However, I don't have a problem spending this kind of dough for something extremely useful that should theoretically last a lifetime.

          My 7.25 quart round pot retails for about $280(!!). I got mine at the LC outlet store during a 40% off sale and the total price came down to about $135.

          Having said that, it's a beautiful piece of cookware, and I've made countless wonderful things in it, from soups and stews to roasts and popcorn and wonderfully crusty no knead bread. It goes from stove to oven without batting an eye.

          After blasting it innumerable times at 500 degrees for baking my bread, I do have difficulty cleaning it up. It has developed dark spots all over it that refuse to clean up, even with Barkeepers Friend, a nylon scrubbie, and the LC brand polish.

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster

            How about a soak in dissolved oxiclean

            1. re: Mr Taster

              Re: cleaning. Mine had a lot of blackened stuff...sprinkle with baking soda and then w/ hydrogen peroxide...starts bubbling the stuff off. You may have to repeat a number of times, but it worked wonderfully.

        2. re: Megiac

          Never too much! I'm an addict too, I have 4 pieces, two skillets, a 5 quart and a HUGE monster dutch oven that when full is too heavy for my oven, (bends the rack hahaha) and I want more. Every time I see that stand/holder they have that holds like 5 pieces it brings a tear to my eye.

          1. re: bubbles4me

            I have one of those huge Le Creuset ovens. Cassoulet for 12. Short ribs for 8. My 'normal sized' one is my most used cooking tool. I have one in my house and one in my vacation home.

        3. If Le Creuset is your worst addiction- celebrate- what a wonderful addiction to have. I have lugged many a piece home and smile everytime I can find a reason to bring them out! I can't wait for it to get cooler so I can start to slow simmer all day!

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          1. re: acenyc

            4 ovens, 3 braisers, a skillet and sauce pan, and I am starting to see pieces at Marshalls again and I want more. Don't know that I need them, but it makes me happy when I cook. It's just cheery. I guess your right, there are worse addictions.

          2. I love my Le Creuset. I started out with one piece and have since gone a bit crazy! I have the following pieces: teakettle in flame, Pie Plate in black; Oval Dishes in 9 ½ inch (kiwi-2), 11 ½ inch (cherry), and 14 inch (yellow); Ramekins in kiwi; Covered Soup Bowls in kiwi; Round French Oven in 3 ½ qt in cobalt; Oval Oven in 5 qt in cherry; Buffet Casserole in 5 qt in kiwi; Iron handle skillet in 9 inch in Satin Black. My newest addition being the Buffet Casserole---which I adore.
            As for their magic..great to cook and bake with, clean up a breeze and oh..they look sooo nice.

            1. I've got 4 pieces. A wok, a tagine, an oval dutch oven and a soup pot. I've also got a Staub dutch oven with I love equally as well.

              1. Two Dutch ovens, three fry pans, two saucepans, one grill pan, one panini press, an au gratin pan and a small roasting pan. Not counting the covers, I think that makes eleven. And I would still consider adding a bigger oval Dutch oven or speciality pan if I found one and the mood struck me. Most are flame, some are dark green, and I love most colors except the gray.

                I did not count the clay pieces that are similar to the Emile Henry found at William Sonoma (4 more). (However, I like the Emile Henry a bit more, but just a bit).