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Le Creuset Stoneware

I am in the process of replacing my Pyrex due to 2 pieces exploding. I was at TJ Maxx today and came across a few pieces of Le Creuset stoneware in a cheerful apple green color. The prices were good so I picked them up. I wanted to get feedback specifically regarding chipping. I am trying to avoid the chipping problem that I have run into with other stoneware pieces.

Also, there was nothing on the label or the piece itself that said where it was manafactured. There was info regarding their corporate offices but nothing else. It's not really a huge concern but I did find it odd. I was just wondering if it is the same as where they make the rest of their stuff. Anyone have any info on where they manafacture the stoneware?

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  1. Their stoneware is definitely not made in France. Some in China, some in Thailand I think and some in somewhere else.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      I had a feeling that was the case. Thanks for confirming.

    2. I have several LC stoneware pieces and they have held up incredibly well - like new. No chipping or even signs of chipping.

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      1. re: iyc_nyc

        I am very happy to hear that. I am really sick of the chipping problem, Of course the exploding Pyrex problem is even worse! They are really attractive pieces and I am looking forward to using them.

        1. re: baseballfan

          Easy as pie to clean too! Easier than pyrex IMO.

      2. After these pictures, I wouldn't replace pyrex with LC, which sort of defeats the purpose.

        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...
        http://www.mybeautifulbc.com/blogs/cr...

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        1. re: cutipie721

          Looks like French porcelain, Apilco & Pillivuyt bakeware are way to go.

          But isn't it possible that those LC dishes were stored in a fridge until shortly before putting into the oven?

          I will never do this with any glass/stoneware/porcelain bakeware - even with those French porcelain, which seems the strongest.

          1. re: cutipie721

            I don't know. There is always a chance of these materials (glass, porcelain, ceramic... ) will break. The question is always about the chances.

            1. re: cutipie721

              I would say if you did have a breaking problem 75% chance LC would replace the item if you called them.

              1. re: MOSFET

                what is the basis of 75%? I am curious.

                1. re: hobbybaker

                  LoL I was just throwing a high percentage number out there. They are usually pretty good.

                  1. re: MOSFET

                    Maybe LC should advertise. "We will replace your broken LC 75% of the time!"

                    :)

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      ya. it is just like, our new enamel is 45% stronger :) I don't know what kind of calculation and tests were done behind it. I am curious. These 5% makes it sound so precise and reliable.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        maybe they should...

                        1. re: MOSFET

                          :) It will be funny that you try to return your LC, and they say "We are sorry. You are the unlucky 25%. We cannot replace your LC."

                2. re: cutipie721

                  Oh no! The packaging did warn not to put dish into the oven straight from the freezer or fridge. That's the nice thing about paying TJ Maxx prices. if something goes awry, you are not out too much money.

                  I am in the beginning stages of replacing my Pyrex. Will now research the Apilco & Pillivuyt.

                  1. re: baseballfan

                    For those porcelains, check out bridgekitchenware.com. They are in NJ. They have good deals for oval sole dishes of Apilco, which ares a bit shallower than baking dishes but good enogh for gratins etc - not deep enough for lasagna though. . Theirs are "restaurant quality" meaning they might have some dust on the back etc but nothing harmful for use at home. Also, ebay is good for those.