Le Creuset Braiser vs. Dutch Oven or ??????
My wife, once again, has an opportunity to get one or more pieces of Le Creuset for next to nothing. She sells housewares at a department store and this is a special program.
We have a 5.5 Qt. round dutch oven so far. I'd like something larger but the 9-13 qt. ovens are so heavy that I'm concerned it will be a problem, especially in years to come. I'm thinking about a large braiser instead. Is that a waste because of it's lower height???
What else does Le Creuset make that you would put in the category of your favorite cookware items?
Get the 6.75 low, wide risotto pot. It's a cross between the braiser and the dutch oven. Has almost the bottom area of the 9 qt. round but without the weight. The sides are higher than the buffet casserole which makes it more versatile if you want to use it for soups, stews and chili. It's a great size and shape and everyone who has it loves that pot! Perfect for osso bucco, a large brisket, or roast, short ribs, chicken parts, or a whole butterflied chicken. Can also be used as a roaster.
Personally I'd go with the big Dutch oven. I have a lot of Le Creuset pieces and those are the ones that in my opinion benefit most from being enameled cast iron - other types of skillets, braisers, etc work well but when you need a good enameled cast iron dutch oven for something like a stew or pot roast, nothing else will do.