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More Le Creuset?

I'm addicted to LC! Have 2.25qt saucier, 3.5 wide oven, 5qt oval, skillet and 4.25 soup pot. Have Bday money and want more but what am I missing? Any recommendations? Big into pastas, veggies, beans and grains right now.... Help please

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  1. Happy birthday! Mine is today. Re: Le Creuset... I think I would want a larger pot. Even though only two of us are at home now, I use my 9 quart a lot. Make many big dishes with leftovers to take for lunch and to freeze.
    I wonder if you could give me some ideas of what you use your saucier for... I hardly ever use mine (or its little frypan lid). Thanks and happy shopping!

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        1. re: debbypo

          Happy Bday Debbypo! I use mine for grains and sauces, what I like is it keeps sauce warm w/o burning while I'm finishing everything up

        2. I think the 5.5 round would be a good addition. I think that's the most versatile size. If you can lift the 7qt then maybe that would be even better.

          I love my 3.5 braiser. I use it like a saute pan and then it can also go into the oven, but it really depends on how and what you cook.

          Do you have an outlet store near you? That's the best way to see what feels good for you and you can get some great deals.

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          1. re: pamf

            And get the pasta insert for it!

            1. re: pamf

              With the OP already having a 4 qt soup pot I'd go bigger than the 5 qt oven.

              1. re: rasputina

                Notice my qualification about being able to lift it. ;)

                1. re: pamf

                  I have the 15.5 goose pot, and it lifts fine.

                  1. re: law_doc89

                    Are you a petite female with a shoulder injury? Because I wouldn't even attempt to lift that goose pot when empty. Glad that it works for you though.

                    1. re: pamf

                      Yup, 25 lbs empty, and >56 lbs full. It'd make an OK tallow tank if you had it on a stand.

                      1. re: pamf

                        Just used ti to poach a very large snapper for a large dinner party (in milk an lemon which yielded a lot of wonderful cream soup). Don't you have slaves (husband) to place it on the stove?

                        1. re: law_doc89

                          You're on a roll. Please keep going.

                2. re: pamf

                  I kind of wish I would have got 5.5 round instead of 5 oval...

                  1. Happy birthday! How about a LC grill pan? You could use it to grill veggies for pasta dishes and soups, etc. Make sandwiches with the grilled veg - or make grilled sandwiches!

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                    1. re: breadchick

                      Great idea! Will def pick one of these up!

                    2. I would onsider the 6 3/4 qt. wide oven or the 3 1/2 qt. braiser. Both are very versatile, useful pieces. The 5.5 round is too close to your soup pot and oval oven in size.

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                      1. re: blondelle

                        Can I use my 3.5 wide as a braiser? I need a class on what to do with the different pieces!

                      2. Is the 3.5 wide oven the buffet pan? I use mine more than any other pan/pot I have, I think. Love my 7 1/4 round for soups and stews and big braises.

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                        1. re: debbiel

                          No, the wide ovens have straight sides, the buffet/brasier has rounded sides and is a little shorter.

                        2. Hi, iluvmini:

                          Hi, my name is Kaleo, and I'm a LC'aholic. Been LC clean and sober for 6 years now. You;'ve already admitted your addiction, now you need a sponsor and go to meetings...

                          Seriously, it's pretty, but not great cookware. I recommend you only consider it for oven-only (not stovetop) use.

                          The 5.5 round oven is the most versatile piece IMO.

                          Happy Birthday, BTW.


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                          1. I'm really crazy about the LC gratin pans. They make fantastic roasted veggies, i.e. cauliflower, root vegetables, etc, Also, breakfast casseroles, stuffing, crisps, cobblers, rustic pies, au gratin potatoes, mac n cheese or other creamy sauced pasta with a bubbly golden top. You can open roast meats, oven bake fish, or heat a gratin pan in the oven and add your chips and salsa and cheese till melted, the pan stays hot for a long time. They are great for just holding food in the oven before serving, and keeps it warm on the table.

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                            1. re: Cam14

                              Completely agree on the gratin's I really like mine.

                              1. I like the wok. The weight means it's like having a third hand when stirring vigorously, and the sides keep the ingredients warm when making compound dishes and draining the oil off them.

                                1. You have lots of smaller pots, I'd go for a 9 qt oven.

                                  1. Outside of what you already have. The 9qt round and a 3.5 or 5qt braiser is all you need in LC and rounds out your collection well. The braiser can braise meats plus do all your rice dishes - risotto's, congris, jambalayas and paellas.I wouldn't invest in the grill you could just use a raw cast iron grill pan for half the money.