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.
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:
This is a photo from chefjc of a 5 lb chicken in a 7 quart Staub Oven:
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.
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.
I have that one - definitely big enough for a smallish chicken or a small pork loin. I use it all the time.
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.
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.
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.