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looking to buy some le creuset - what sizes will i use the most? [Moved from Home Cooking board]

i'm interested in investing in some good cast iron cookware. i know i want a medium sized saucepan and medium and large oval baking dishes with covers for braising, etc.

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  1. I'd say it depends on what and for how many you tend to cook.

    I most often cook 6-10 servings at a time, and my LC 7.25-qt round oven works very well for the braises and slow-cooked soups and stews I make. It's big enough to accommodate more food but not so big as to be useless for the smallest recipes I use.

    1. We purchased a Emile Henry oval 6.5 casserole dish three years ago and we love it! It works on the stove, in the oven, straight from the refrigerator. I would strongly recommend any Emile Henry products.

      1. I got a 3.5 qt oval casserole and I am in love with it. It is enough for 4-6 people and so easy to move around. I guess it depend on how many people you usually cook for. When I use mine I usually have enough left overs to freeze in single servings and makes my life much easier.

        1. I have a 3.5qt and a 5ish qt and love them both and rarely feel redundant having two medium-ish sized ones. I'm normally cooking for 2-4 people but often cook more to freeze or to have leftovers and my bases are covered.

          I like the smaller size to make my Lahey bread as well!

          WON
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          1. I have a large Le Creuset that I use over and over again. In addition to making large pots of soups, stocks and braises, I find it invaluable for stir-frying. As I have a small kitchen, I need to be incredibly judicious of my cookware choices. The cast-iron helps to retain the heat well and you really do need a lot of space to stir-fry even a small amount of food.

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              I have a 6.75 qt oval that i bought at Marshalls for $130... whichi s a really nice discount. I also bought the 2.75 qt oval that is their promotional piece on amazon yesterday when they had it as a gold box special. The regular price is $79.99 which is a great price plus no shipping or tax from amazon, and the special gave it another $20 off. I'm looking now for a 5.5 qt round and i expect that will be it for some time for dutch ovens.