When I was looking for a dutch oven, I did a lot of research into the different brands. There are a few to choose from….and there is quite a difference in prices as well. Trying to save some money I originally opted for a “cheaper” brand, but when I got it home after a quick inspection, I noticed that the lid did not fit snuggly into the pot. The whole point of this cooking vessel is to have the heat sealed in while the food is cooking. Back into the box it went for a refund. Like so many things you get what you pay for.
My next stop was at the Le Creuset store at Sherway Gardens. What a beautiful store. Lots of appealing products to choose from with so many wonderful things to look at….and buy!! After a long deliberation, I finally decided on which pot I would get. There are round or oval ones, along with a variety of sizes to choose from…let alone your colour choices too.
My decision was on an oval 6 3/4 quart (6.3L). I took into account the number of people I would usually be cooking for to try and match an appropriate size. Since these pots are quite heavy (mine is just over 13 pounds empty), you might also want to take that into part of your decision making. Once I load this up with food…it quickly requires more muscle to lift!!
If you don’t have a Le Creuset store around, Amazon sells these wonderful products as well. Clean up is a breeze in this enamel-coated pot. I coat it with a nice layer of cooking spray, and if anything does stick, a little soaking in warm water does the trick. If you really have anything stubborn, a little “cream cleanser” will take it right off.
The Le Creuset dutch oven can be used both on top of the stove and in the oven.
I have cooked all sorts of meats, vegetables, fish and yes even pasta in this pot. It is a fast and easy way to layer ingredients to create an all in one pot healthy dinner for you and your family. In her book Glorious One-Pot Meals: A Revolutionary New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch-Oven Cooking, Elizabeth Yarnell shares her recipes in what she calls “fusion cooking“. You actually place/layer the ingredients in a particular order in the dutch oven. Once you have done that, you put on the lid and cook it at a high heat in the oven. The food releases moisture creating steam, and this steam cooks the food. It really is awesome….and DELICIOUS. One of my favourites is Pasta Primavera.
So if you don’t have one of these wonderful Le Creuset Dutch Ovens, why not put it on your wish list for a really nice gift option? I know I would gladly receive another Le Creuset product….in fact the Braiser is on my wish list!!