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Mar 8, 2014 03:40 PM

Cast iron weight

Nobody so far said anything about weight of cast iron dishes. Le Creuset pots and pans are not heavy as the rest of the other brands. Celebrities brands?? If you watch a cooking chanel you can see that majority ofl cooks use LC pots. Only "celebrities cooks" use their own brand.
I bought bunch of LC pots and pans and I am very happy with all of them. Important!!! You have to learn how to use them properly.
Their customer service is also excellent. I had one older small (6 inch) frying pan which got some scratches over time. LC Amerika replaced it for a new one. Same color and same ssize as they promise in their warranty. I would never buy anything else. French cooks are experienced in using their cookware. French love to eat and they love to cook so they learned what is good for good cooks. Go for Le Creuset learn how to use it properly and you will be one happy cook :-).

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  1. I'm not French but I also love to eat and love to cook and am experienced in using my cookware, NONE of which is LC.or AC. I am totally immune to the lure of famous-name, exorbitantly-priced brands. Cooking shows may use LC, AC, and celeb-licensed cookware. Try to find any of that stuff in an actual restaurant kitchen and you'll see that they don't buy the hype, either.

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    1. re: greygarious

      I've seen plenty of LC in restaurant kitchens.

    2. all enameled cast iron is not created equal. Side by side Le Creuset is better cast and finished than any of the no-name celebrity chef stuff I have seen.

      However it is also incredibly expensive and cost prohibitive to many people - I am lucky to have received some as gifts but would have hesitated to spend so much money on them myself. Some of these less expensive brands are far more within reach for most people - and will perform very well.

      All Clad is lovely stuff too - but accordingly expensive, Cuisinart, calphalon and others make very nice quality SS cookware at much lower price points.

      A kitchen equipped with off-brand ECI and mid-range Clad SS is still pretty well equipped

      telling people to only buy AC and LC or nothing is like saying if you cant drive a Mercedes don't bother driving

      but hey, a Toyota gets you there pretty reliably (maybe more so) and at a fraction of the cost

      There is nothing wrong with driving a Toyota

      Some cookware is so low quality as to be more trouble than its worth - some of the cheapest ECI (Ikea) and junky cheap non-stick will fail quickly and end up costing you more in the long run but the middle road is not a bad one

      Personally I bought most of my cookware 2nd hand and have quite an extensive batterie including All Clad, LC, Mauviel, Calphalon Commercial, Griswold etc and I don't think I have ever paid much more than $20 for a pan and rarely that but some of my most reliable and best performing cookware is middle range SS Cuisinart. It is amazing what people get rid of and often never even used.

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      1. re: JTPhilly

        There are incredible bargains out there for both LC and AC. On line, outlet stores and in places like TX Maxx.

        1. re: C. Hamster

          I agree. I got some of my LC at TJMAXX and Home Goods.
          They are perfect and I love them. I like that LC dutch ovens are not as heavy as the other brands. First dutch oven we bought for baking bread was Lodge. Performing very well but it is just too heavy when compared to the same size made by LC. I bought both of them and can compare. \My husbund is using Lodge for baking bread and I use LC for cooking. I think if you have good muscles you cant go wrong with Lodge either.

      2. So ya selling the stuff on your very first post? FWIW, I'm a happy cook, and I don't need the stuff. Over rated, Over hyped, and Over priced!

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        1. re: Uncle Bob

          Sorry, but my intention was not to sell "that stuff". All what I said was that LC line of cast iron pots and pans is very good which it is. I have cast iron from Holland and also Lodge and sorry to say LC is better. I am not a snob to buy it just because it looks good. It would be too expensive for me to do that.
          I love to cook and I appreciate and can see the difference in cookware. It is expensive, part of it is that it is import cookware. If you read reviews of this cookware you can read review of people who own it for many many years sometimes their mothers pots and are still happy to use them. I also stand up for their customer service. I don't buy cookware because of color but also the truth is that color of their pots is very pretty. I have no intention in promoting LC line of cookware. I am only ordinary cook but I love them.

        2. Well I as an American cook I am experienced using my cookware, and I love to eat good food, but I still wouldn't buy or use Le Creuset! But you know, if you need to feel justified by your purchase and use of LC, feel free.

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          1. re: sueatmo

            It's amusing to me that this thread is praIsing LC for weighing less than other lines, when in pots and pans, greater heft - which in most cases means more and better thermal mass for heat retention and even cooking - is considered desirable.

            Face it, folks, you're hooked on the colors. LC is manipulating you with its constant introduction of new ones to replace the perfectly lovely hues you fell for last year. Smart marketing ploy, since otherwise people would buy or be given a CI frying pan and Dutch oven when they first start cooking for themselves, and use only them for the rest of their lives.

              1. re: greygarious

                More doesn't always means better. Same thing with pots and pans. Heavier doesn't mean better when it comes to cookware. It means only heavier and harder to use when you cook. If you work out every day you are OK :-)

                1. re: greygarious

                  Some people are addicted to bare cast iron.

                  Here for example is someone with enough of the big camp ovens to make a full size 'Christmas tree':


                  Notice the name of that blog - castirionitis

                2. re: sueatmo

                  I have no objection to people buying and worshiping at the altar of of LC. But it is sort of funny hearing that it is the greatest because the French know their cookware and love to eat!

                  1. re: sueatmo

                    LC wins with craftsmanship hands down. Well made pots. And if it looking pretty is important , you'd be happy to know it is less likely to chip (interior/exterior) vs. Others. However, I don't think people need more than a 7-9qt round and a 3.5 or 5 qt. Braiser.

                    1. re: blueways

                      I got a beautiful blue 7 quart from their outlet store for about $75. It will last forever.

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        If you don't drop or chip it.

                        People really love this stuff, so I think it probably is quite good. But I admit I hated cooking with a piece decades ago, and now I am personally not interested. I imagine LC makes very good Dutch ovens.

                        1. re: sueatmo

                          Lc has the most liberal return / replacement policy I have seen in cookware...even when it is clearly the cooks fault. Which could also explain the price tag.

                        2. re: C. Hamster

                          I am glad you wrote your post. Everybody keeps saying how expensive LC cookware is. I got some of my pieces for your price at TJMAXX. Also you can get great deal on Ebay.