(Closed) Le Creuset cookware

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: What LeCreuset cookware should I register for if I can't have them all?

    5 qt. French oven

    3.5 qt. Brasier

    2 1/4 qt. Sauce pan

    11.75" skillet

    3 qt. Herriatage baking dish

    Other... Answers below?

  • Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @globalmargaret:  Depending on how many guests are invited/how many items are on your registry, why not just register for them all? If they are out of people’s price ranges, they can always opt to buy you something less expensive or give you a gift card?

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @globalmargaret:  Yes! Precisely! 😉 I like that way of thinking haha

    Post # 20
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t have a creuset brand Dutch/French/whatever oven even though I drool over them) but the one I do have I absolutely love and have so much fun cooking in it so far! I also second thehome goods suggestion, I see creuset at tj maxx all the time and have bought two of their baking dishes there for really cheap

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @globalmargaret:  Definitely go for it and I agree with others that the dutch oven is the best way to test the waters of the sweet, sweet Le Crueset.  lol  We registered for one and it was the only thing off our registry that we didn’t receive and I was so bummed about it.  

    My mom has had her Le Crueset pots for almost 35 years.  They are pretty much indestructable and nothing makes a stew or soup better.  

    You might be very surprised at how generous your guests could be at the wedding or for a birthday or holiday now that they know you’d like to start a collection.  When you think about it, $259 for something that is going to last a lifetime and you will get lots of use out of isn’t bad at all.  If all else fails, completion discount!

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I have the 6qt LC Dutch Oven, and I wish it was bigger! Handles most things, but comes right to the top on some soups and stews.

    My Fiance bought it for me, and I told him to get the Lodge Dutch Oven (it’s a quarter of the cost, and according to America’s Test Kitchen, alllllmost as good!) but he’s a sucker for the big brand name. I plan on getting Lodge brand stuff for the other items, as the Dutch Oven is literally a show piece in my kitchen.

    Damn, when did I get old?! 

    Post # 23
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @globalmargaret:  The colors aren’t QUITE as cute, but they’re still pretty fun! We got an orange 5 qt dutch oven and a red baking dish thing. As far as I know, the sizes are exactly the same. 

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If you are going to ask for a couple of pieces, I’d put the Dutch oven and the saucepan.  If you like castiron stuff, Lodge makes really good and relatively inexpensive pans.  I have 2 skillets and I love them…tricky to clean (no soap, only hot water and a plastic brillo pad looking sponge) but after a while it adds a really great flavor to food.  I love my Le Crueset stuff.  It’s heavy as all get out but it lasts forever!

    I digress…I’d ask for more pieces than you think you’d get so you can use the completion program.  We registered at Williams-Sonoma and their program lets you get 10% off everything in-store and online for 6 months after your wedding so you don’t have to put everything on the registry that you may want.  

    Post # 25
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The 5qt french oven, for sure! As you can see with my icon, I love Le Creuset cookware, and my first piece of the cast iron was the 5qt french oven. It was what they recommended, in store, for a starter piece, because it is so versatile. 

    Also, if you’re not opposed to it, and planning to add to your collection yourselves, try the Le Creuset outlet store sometime if you have the chance. They often have great deals on pieces with very, very minor flaws. I’m a perfectionist about these things, and they had no problem helping me dig through every box to find the best of the best they had to offer. They will also ship to your home, as well, if you aren’t close to one (I’m not, sadly) but I always feel the need to select pieces myself. (I dug through every box of our Fiesta place settings, too, to find the best and they were much cheaper! So I may have control issues about such things, lol.)

    Edit: When we ordered the 8×11 cast iron baker from Amazon, I sent it back twice before getting one that wasn’t more damaged than anything I’d seen in the outlet!

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I love the 5.5 quart round and use it all the time for baking bread. The 7 qt oval gets used in the winter for stews and such, and DH loves the frying pan (may be the 11.75″? not sure). I have a smaller round that I really don’t use much.

    I am curious about the quality of the Lodge, as well–as an old cranky person I do think the quality of Le Creuset has declined over the years. My pieces from 15-20 years ago are definitely more solid and hold up better than stuff bought in the last 5, so if the Lodge stuff is pretty decent, it may be worth going that way given the pricing. That said, I still love my Le Creuset. Just wish they hadn’t stopped making my shade of blue.

    PS: If you’re going to cook at high temperatures, make sure you get the replacement stainless steel knobs. The black knobs that come with the Le Creuset are apparently not guaranteed over 450 degrees, which is what my bread recipe bakes at.

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @globalmargaret:  Our tea kettle definitely is enameled steel, and I’m not aware of Le Creuset making one in cast iron.

     

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    @Miss Novia:  Yes on the outlet!  I looked through about 8 boxes of skillets to find the most perfect.  I don’t know if living semi-close to the outlet is a blessing or a curse given the temptation to stop by Le Creuset every time I go clothes shopping.

    Post # 28
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Frog E.:  I’ve heard great things about baking bread in the french oven, but haven’t given it a try yet. I need to do that soon! (After I get a stainless knob, of course!) If you have any great recipes you wouldn’t mind sharing, that’d be wonderful and appreciated.

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    @ahavah:  Too funny! I’m glad I’m not the only one crazy enough to camp out to find the best pieces. We live about 6 hours from the outlet, so getting there once every year or two is the best I can hope for. I’ve been gunning for a trip there this summer while we still have extra money for Le Creuset before we get married, hee!

    Post # 29
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Miss Novia:  I use the no-knead recipe that was in the NY Times several years ago, linked here (link is to the full article, recipe is off in a link on the left sidebar):

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/08mini.html

    I use 2 tsp salt, which is slightly more than the recipe calls for, otherwise I follow what it says. It took me a while to get used to the recipe (sometimes you end up with super wet dough) but DH and I love the results! I also do variations: rye with caraway, whole wheat with walnuts, white with olive and rosemary. If you want to do rye or whole wheat, though, I would recommend sticking to two cups white flour and one cup of rye or whole wheat (ie don’t use more than one cup of darker flour), and upping the yeast to half a teaspoon.

    It also takes a little advance planning since you have to set the dough up the night before you plan to bake.

    Enjoy! And OP, sorry for the threadjack. But it’s a great use of the Le Creuset. 🙂

    Post # 30
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Frog E.:  Thanks so much for the recipe link and info! I can’t wait to try it one of these days!

    Post # 31
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Absolutely put all of them on your registry!  That doesn’t mean people will buy them all, but they’ll have the option.  I have a Le Creuset stock pot which I LOVE and use daily.  I also have bakers and ramekins and stuff which are great, but I don’t use them all the time.  I registered for a skillet, a 5.5 quart french oven, and a rectangular grill pan.  We also registered for other non-Le Creuset cookware.

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