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Le Creuset Stoneware

baseballfan Jan 28, 2011 07:00 PM

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. Chemicalkinetics Jan 28, 2011 07:10 PM

    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
      baseballfan Jan 28, 2011 07:47 PM

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

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      iyc_nyc Jan 28, 2011 07:28 PM

      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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        baseballfan Jan 28, 2011 07:46 PM

        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.

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          iyc_nyc Jan 28, 2011 07:54 PM

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

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        cutipie721 Jan 29, 2011 05:30 AM

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


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        1. re: cutipie721
          hobbybaker Jan 29, 2011 06:22 AM

          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
            Chemicalkinetics Jan 29, 2011 06:35 AM

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

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              MOSFET Jan 29, 2011 06:41 AM

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

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                hobbybaker Jan 29, 2011 06:54 AM

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

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                  MOSFET Jan 29, 2011 06:57 AM

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

                  1. re: MOSFET
                    Chemicalkinetics Jan 29, 2011 07:08 AM

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


                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                      hobbybaker Jan 29, 2011 07:21 AM

                      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
                        MOSFET Jan 29, 2011 07:23 AM

                        maybe they should...

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                          Chemicalkinetics Jan 29, 2011 11:34 AM

                          :) 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
                  baseballfan Jan 29, 2011 08:38 AM

                  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
                    hobbybaker Jan 29, 2011 08:47 AM

                    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.

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