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Le Creuset 3.5 quart wide oval - is this a useful size

pamf Dec 19, 2013 08:10 AM

Williams-Sonoma has this piece on sale (today only) for $129.95 with free shipping.

I have been looking get one of the wide ovens for braising/roasting purposes. I am just wondering if anyone has seen this size. Is it big enough for roasting a chicken, for example.

I usually just cook for 2, so I don't need anything really large, and I don't want anything over a certain weight. I have other pieces that are larger if needed. Thanks.

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  1. Chemicalkinetics Dec 19, 2013 08:21 AM

    It is a bit smaller than what I would like, but it does not mean it is not useful. It completely depends what you want to use it for. I think it will be useful for making stew, braised or curries...etc.

    <Is it big enough for roasting a chicken>

    Not a typical whole chicken, unless it is a small chicken. Based on the typical chicken I buy, they can barely fit in a 5 quart Dutch Oven.

    This is about my experience with a 5 quart:

    http://www.lodgemfg.com/images/catalog_images/DutchOven.jpg

    This is a photo from chefjc of a 5 lb chicken in a 7 quart Staub Oven:

    http://www.chowstatic.com/uploads/5/3...

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      mikie Dec 19, 2013 08:21 AM

      I'm not that familiar with this particular piece, however, a low sided vessel for braising is very pratical in my opinion. I have the Staub braiser and use it frequently when only small amounts of liquid are involved in cooking. I don't know if this particular pice of Le Creuset is tall enough for a chicken or not.

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        rasputina Dec 19, 2013 09:00 AM

        I've had this pan for a couple years, I use it mostly for smaller amounts of foods where I need more depth than the brasier due to higher liquid content in the dish. So curries, or smaller braised items.

        1. Savour Dec 19, 2013 09:03 AM

          I have that one - definitely big enough for a smallish chicken or a small pork loin. I use it all the time.

          1. pamf Dec 19, 2013 10:58 AM

            Thanks everyone for the replies. I decided to go for it. I can always return later if I don't like it.

            It's the wide, so the surface area is larger than the standard dutch oven, so I think it will accommodate a small chicken, or a couple of cornish game hens.

            This height is half way between the dutch oven and the braiser, both of which I have, so I think I can find uses for it.

            It's also a surprise for the SO, he has gotten hooked on LC too. Got it in Caribbean blue BTW.

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              rasputina Dec 19, 2013 02:00 PM

              I love the caribbean blue color, I have a couple pieces in that shade.

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              wakondatch Dec 19, 2013 12:12 PM

              I bought one a couple of years ago for around $200. I love it and, like you, usually cook for 2. Even with company, it can work for serving 4 or 6, depending on the dish you are preparing. It is the perfect size for cooking for 2 or small group. That is a great price.

              1. Midlife Dec 19, 2013 12:37 PM

                A bit small but I find it fine for meals for two. Gives you the heat of cast iron without the weight of a bigger size. I use if for stews, chili, etc.. OTOH, if you can have just one, the 5 Qt is more versatile.

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                  pamf Dec 19, 2013 01:22 PM

                  Oh, I definitely have more than one. :)

                  Not as many as some of the people around here, but I like to collect them.

                  I agree that the 5 qt round traditional dutch oven is the best and most versatile for a starter piece. I have given a couple of those as wedding gifts.

                2. chefj Dec 19, 2013 03:56 PM

                  I have one and find it very useful. I usually buy 3.5# Fryers and they it in perfectly. I like the tightness for Preparations that have little liquid.

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                    Cam14 Dec 19, 2013 04:11 PM

                    Perfect size for a lb of oven cooked beans.

                    http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-...

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