(Closed) Le Creuset cookware

posted 8 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

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  • Post # 32
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    OMG I would love a Le Creuset dutch oven.  My Future Mother-In-Law has had hers forever!

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’d go for the 5 quart dutch oven. Did you know Le Cresuet just revamped their entire line? Yup, raised prices and added a few changes (that arent really noticable), in addition to adding a new blue color, Marseille, and getting rid of Cobalt blue.

     

    Can you tell I work in the housewares industry yet?

     

    However, I will say this: Recently, Le Creuset has gone down in quality and up in price. A lot of their pieces are enameled steel, not cast iron, and you’re generally paying for the name. In my opinion, as a former professional cook and now working in the buisness, I would look into enameled cast iron by Staub. They are so much more beautiful, effective and cost a bit less. Plus, they were the originals that Le Cresuet went into business to copy! 

    Post # 34
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    Bumble bee

    I have the baking dishes which I LOVEE

    Post # 35
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @kariface:  Ah, that explains it! I did think the underlying metal in my newer ones was crappier, I didn’t realize it was actually different. I guess that’s why they enamel the whole bottom now. But considering the price I paid (I love living near Broadway Panhandler) it’s OK.

    Are they really changing the blue color yet again? Yeesh.

    Post # 36
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i love me some le creuset. they look the same but they are slightly different in size and shape.  i purchased all of these before i got married. 

    my rounds get the most use.  i have roasted meat in the ovals but i’m not much of meat eater so they don’t get used quite as much. 

    i also have one enameled steel piece that kariface is referring to.  it’s a stock pot.  you can definitely tell the difference between the cast iron and the steel.  the steel is much lighter and much less expensive than the cast iron. 

    i like the french ovens but i really don’t care for the other le creuset pans.  my other pans are mostly all-clad with just one regular cast iron and one calphalon nonstick.  for the grill pan, i love my all-clad two burner grill pan.  (we are using it to make in and out style grilled cheese sandwiches.  yum.)

    my 12″ all-clad skillet:

    Post # 37
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I love your kitchen and range, profiterole!

     

    Miss Frog E., Cobalt was discontinued this spring, and replaced with Marseille. There’s a noticeable difference (Cobalt is darker) but they do compliment each other nicely.

     

    Did you know Le Cresuet sets pricing? Bway Panhandler marks all their cookware as “on sale” when it’s really not! It’s set at the lowest suggested price we’re allowed to sell for – something the big stores do, as well, to make people think they’re getting a deal! Tricky tricky! 

     

    The good thing about the “new” Le Creuset ovens is they’ve made the handles a bit larger and easier to grasp, and the knobs, which normally could only go up to 350 degrees, can handle 400 degrees of heat. They still sell a $10 stainless replacement knob, as well, that can handle much higher temperates. I’ll never understand why they’d not just include those knobs with the purchase of an oven, instead of hitting you up to spend MORE money! Ah, commerce!

     

    If anyone has any questions, i’m happy to help! 

    Post # 38
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

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    @kariface:  Thanks for sharing your knowledge, much appreciated.

    Post # 39
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We got the 5 qt. dutch oven and the grill pan from our registry. We use both of them a lot.

    Post # 40
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    My cooking essentails are:

    • Le Creuset round oven
    • Le Creuset two-in-one pan (a sauce pan with the frying pan as the lid)
    • Le Creuset grill pan
    • All Clad D5 stainless steel sauté pan with lid and splatter screen

    The oven and two-in-one were wedding gifts. The other two were past Christmas gifts.

    I wouldn’t worry about registering for expensive things as long as you have lots of reasonable and mid priced items on there too. Some people will want to be generous and might buy something awesome for you, but if no one does, no big deal. You haven’t offended anyone by putting them up there (unless that’s the only kind of stuff you registered for).

    ETA: our guest list was 113 and 81 people came. You should register for WAY WAY WAY more items than the number of guests invited. Some people will buy 15 cheap items and others will buy 1 expensive thing, so 60 items is NOT enough. I probably had 300 items across 3 registries. Of course not everything got purchased, but it’s not supposed to.

    Post # 41
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We registered for 2 Le Creuset pieces and we received 5. So, you would be surprised what people actually do buy. Like others said – if you don’t get them at least you can utilze the completion discount on your registry.

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