Post # 1
This is why shertz needs to stay out of the Le Creuset Signature Store. She comes home and explodes her registry. VERY BAD SHERTZ.
So, I currently have on my list:
4 qt oval cocotte (like a casserole — I fell in hot steamy lurve with this at the store, it is STUNNING)
5.5 qt round French oven
6.75 qt oval French oven
9.5 qt oval French oven
Au gratin dish
Large square baker
Okay, I *know* I do not need all of those French ovens. I tested the heft and am actually strong enough to lift the 9.5 (even filled, I think).
But it’s just fiance and me — we entertain, though. Can you cook for six in a 6.75 quart?
Help me pare it down!
Post # 3
I am totally not the baker of the cooker in my house so I just was wondering what is a french oven used for?
Post # 4
Holy cow! My largest LC is 5.5 quarts and it’s plenty big for 6. I used it once to make stew for 10… so you’re fine with 6.75! If it’s just you and your fiance, I would recommend choosing one large one (it sounds like the 6.75 would best suit your needs) and one smaller one, like 2.5 quarts. I use my 2.5 all the time; it’s great for cooking for 2-3 people. The braiser is also nice, since it has so much surface area… I’m hoping to get a 3 quart one of those.
If you’re looking for more of a variety of stuff, a bunch of places (Amazon, Williams-Sonoma) have great package deals. If you think a few people are going to give you big ticket items/go in on something big, you might want to check it out, since the discount is significant. I got this set for Christmas a few years ago, and I use every piece. There are other combinations too.
Post # 5
ps notevenclose – a French or Dutch oven is basically a casserole-type pot with a lid. It can go both on the stovetop and in the oven. They’re very useful, more for cooking than baking though. Le Creuset sells really nice (and expensive) ones made out of enameled cast iron, so they heat evenly and are really pretty 🙂
Post # 6
I have my 5.5 qt. round Dutch oven I’ve used for over 30 years. I like it because it can be used on both the stovetop and in the oven. Oval wouldn’t distribute the heat evenly on top of the stove,would it? Good for a roast in the oven,tho.
Of the entire set I have, the Dutch oven is the only piece I regularly use.
Post # 7
I agree that you will probably only really need the 5.5 qt round or the 6.75 qt oval. Personally, I like the round 5.5qt best. I use mine practically every day. Although, if you are using it to entertain, I might go up to the 6.75.
I would also choose this bad boy :http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/en-us/Products/Enameled-Cast-Iron/Skillets–Grills/Square-Skillet-Grill-10-/
because it is awesome and you can use it for everything. I love mine!
I also have the square baker and use it a lot, as well, although I still think I’d rather had a larger casserole dish. The square baker is what I use whenever I make anything au gratin, so I’m not sure you would really need both of those dishes.
Lastly, register for a few of the metal knobs (for the dutch ovens). You aren’t really supposed to use the one’s that come on it for anything over 375 degrees, so it’s just good to switch them out if you plan on using it in the oven a lot.
Post # 8
i totally agree with what @bree72 said. we have a 5.5 qt round and the grill pan (with the panini press!) and they are awesome. we use the grill pan at least 2 times a week. my fiance has made boeuf bourguignon in the 5.5 qt oven and we had no problem feeding 4 people and definitely had leftovers.
if i was going to register for one other piece it would be a medium sized oval one, i think that would be the second most versatile piece, especially for cooking a bird or a roast.
Post # 9
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I’m SUPER excited about the grill pan + panini press. I would probably just get the 5.5 or the 6.75. But I kind of think they’re too big for everyday cooking for just two people 🙂 If you only entertain a few days a year, I would skip the big ones altogether, but I’m imagining my limited kitchen cabinet space!
Post # 10
I am also a self-proclaimed le creuset addict. What’s your color?
Post # 11
LOL, color? You mean COLORS
I went with the Caribbean blue, and also with the Citron yellow from W-S
The grill pan is a great idea, though!
Post # 12
I LURVE my grill pan – I would add that for sure (wait, we are supposed to be helping you trim, right?). I also love our oval au gratin dish – I’ve used it to make au gratins and a fancy macaroni and cheese dish when entertaining – it is beautiful to have out and serves a good number of people (for side dishes). I agree with what everyone else said – do a smaller dutch oven and larger one. I have a pretty big on on my registry (No one has bought it yet) – 7.25 quart. But we plan to entertain for large groups, plus you can bake a reasonably sized loaf of bread in that one, which I love. Our “smaller” one is 5.5 quarts, which will be our “go to” dutch oven. Both are round, but that is because I don’t plan to use it for cooking poultry. I also have a baker on there and a 3.5 quart braiser – I really want that baby! Actually I want them all! I’m in trouble 😉 Hope this helps, but I feel like it probably didn’t….
Post # 13
@PomPom — it does help b/c I feel like we are sharing a brain 🙂
Post # 14
I think our oval one works just fine on the stove. We have a cermanic cooktop. I would say ours is a medium sized one. His mom gave it to us because she couldn’t lift it anymore.
Post # 15
I decided to register for the 5.5 round and the 9.5 oval — if the latter’s too big, I will exchange it for the 6.75 at Williams SOnoma.
I also registered for the grill pan. 🙂
Post # 16
i looooove Le Creuset!!! i love my Khaki Blue Teapot, and am looking forward to registering so i can go nuts with it!
they just released a new colour over here – Cassis, a deep purple and i am head over heels over it!!!