Can a Le Creuset 3.5 qt brasier be used as a gratin pan?
I just bought a risootto pan in red, 40% off from the LC outlet in Vacaville. That is the pan I went to the outlet for, but while I was there, I got a #36 cast iron au gratin pan, also 40% off. I already own a 3.5 qt braisier. Will the bottom of that pan work equally well for gratins? Should I return the gratin pan?
First off let me say, great job on getting those pans 40% off!!! I personally don't see why you can't use the brasier as an au gratin pan. However since you got it at such a great deal I would keep it. I am sure some type of braised meats would go well with a nice au gratin. What color did you get in the au gratin?
Yes, you can use it but if you make gratins often I would keep the pan. The oval shape is useful for fish, and pork loin, or for roasting 2 chickens at once. It might be overkill though if you don't cook for many as it's quite large. Would you mind sharing the colors you got and how much there were? I have the #32 and I'm one person. They no longer make that size though.
I used my LC brasier as a gratin, until I bought my gratin pans. I wouldn't return it. But gratins of various kinds are popular at my house. I've never used it for roasting. I have plenty of other pans for that.
I have the 3.5 qt braiser and use it for gratins. I prefer the shape and size of the handles to the oval. If I were to buy a second one, I would probably get another size braiser.
Well, here is more info which I should have out in the original post. I also have 2 round FO (2 & 5.5 qt) and a 6.75 oval. 2 weeks ago, I bought a 1 qt gratin which I almost returned. Yesterday, I
made a gratin intending tonuse the larger and realized that 1 qt will probably meet my needs most of the time. I live alone, so even for fish, between the 1 qt gratin and the 3.5 qt buffet, I am probably fine w/o the larger gratin pan.
I got over excited when I was able to get both for $230, but that is still alot of money.
Blondelle, I am an avid follower of your Le Creuset posts, and like you, I am a color junkie. The gratin pan is deadly Dune, but I decided it wasn't such a bad color for a gratin pan, and one of the LC outlet people pointed out that Dune does a really good job of showing off the colors of the food. I have filled up the area where my LC can be displayed anyway, so I figured, why not.