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Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Cookware

The Le Creuset enameled cast iron ovens and casserole pieces have been specifically designed taking into account the flavors and technicalities involved in the cooking of a great casserole dish (or pretty much any dish!) and have been manufactured by the famous French brand, Le Creuset.

If you are looking for enameled cast iron cookware, then you absolutely need to review the Le Creuset enameled cast iron 5-quart Dutch oven as well as the smaller cousin, the 3.5 quart Dutch oven (also referred to as a braiser sometimes).  After looking at quite a few products, these rate very high among both novices and experts in the kitchen.  These products are actually a kind of cross between a dutch oven and a skillet, making it very versatile for a variety of cooking techniques.

I flat out LOVE this dutch oven!  I use it in my own kitchen at least once a week.  And I challenge ANYONE who uses it to tell me they don’t love it!

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Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Cookware

Why Use Enameled Cast Iron Cookware?

I just want to discuss real quick why cast iron is truly awesome for your kitchen, so if you know this already you can skip down to the next section :)

Firstly, it’s really a perfect conductor of heat.  Cast iron heats very evenly and very consistent throughout the whole piece.  If you ever used “cheap” cookware, you know that it can be difficult to cook properly if there are “hot spots” to your cookware or spots on the cookware that just don’t get very hot.

Normally the products are very high-quality and they last a lifetime!  They can even last many lifetimes if taken care of properly.

Cast iron is also naturally ‘non-stick’.  However, these beautiful pots are enameled so they are completely rust-proof and much easier to clean.  Yet they keep all the wonderful qualities of cast iron!

They heat slow and cook nice and slow too, locking in the heat.

Features of Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Cookware

It’s a 5-quart dutch oven & made of enameled cast iron.  If you want to buy only one enameled cast iron piece from Le Creuset I would recommend the 5-quart.

It has the most all-around uses.  It’s also available in 3.5 quart and also a 7 and 1/4 quart French Oven.

Handles on the side that help easily carrying around the kitchen, and right from the oven or stove-top to the table

Lid fits very securely on the dish and has a phenolic knob.  Because the lid fits so well, it does an amazing job of locking in heat as well as moisture.

It can be put in the dishwasher but hand washing is recommended.

Safe to be in the oven for up to 350 degrees F

Measurements are about 13″ by 16″ by 6″

Very easy to care for because you can in fact use the dishwasher for it, but most cooks will let it soak for a bit and the food should come off easily.

Able to go right from oven for cooking, to stove top for settling and cooling, and then table for serving.

Featured many times by Giada De Laurnetis and her cooking show on the Food Network.

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Cuisinart MultiClad Stainless Steel Cookware

A high-quality, stainless steel cookware set is a mandatory component of a kitchen for a variety of reasons.  It makes cooking more enjoyable, much easier, make your food taste better, and will save you time and money in the long-run.  Let’s face it…food always comes out so much better when prepared using quality tools.

The Cuisinart MCP-12 MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set has been designed taking into consideration a typical kitchen environment and the needs of every amateur and professional cook who wants to prepare the perfect meal for family and friends.

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The Multiclad Pro line by Cuisinart has been designed to give a modern look to your cooking equipment and in a very exquisite manner which makes your entire cooking experience worthwhile. The set consists of various deluxe cookware designed for a even the professional at-home chef and aspiring cooks that I cater to here at Help My Kitchen.

Summary of Features:

Set includes:

1.5 quart sauce pan with cover

3 quart sauce pan with cover

3.5 quart saute’ pan with helper handle and cover

8 inch skillet

10 inch skillet

8 quart stock pot with cover

steamer insert with cover

Made with tri-ply and 18/10 stainless steel and the exterior has a beautiful brushed finish

There is an aluminum core in the bottom as well as the sides so your heating is even and they heat up rapidly as well

Browns food perfectly without burning it

Oven safe up to 500 degrees F

Everything is safe for the oven, including the broiler

Lids fit tightly and seal very well

The rims of the pieces are tapered perfectly so that there is no dripping when you pour from them

Uses stainless steel which does not at all react with any food you cook or change any of the flavor

“Cool Grip” handle technology prevents the handles from getting hot on the stove

The handles also have a nice thumb rest area so that when you carry the pot or pour with it, it is very easy to hold and balance

Cuisinart MultiClad Stainless Steel Cookware

Why You Want This Set:

The stainless steel is very sanitary and clean and does not mess with the flavors of food at all.  If you are serious about cooking, you need to have a good stainless steel cookware set.

Unlike what most people think, stainless is just as easy to clean in most cases on non-stick cookware.

These are dishwasher safe…alot of non-stick pans are not!

They just feel durable and heavy, yet extremely well-balanced and easy to handle as well.  When you handle them, you know you are working with a quality product.  (Kind of like when you handle high-quality kitchen knives)

The lids fit the skillets!  If you are cooking a hot sandwich or anything on a skillet in which you need to heat the middle, you can just cover the skillet with one of the covers.

Amazon reviewers have recommended Barkeepers Friend to clean it as well.  Of course you only need soap and water to clean them, but if they start to stain a bit and you want them to look brand new just use some Barkeepers Friend cleanser and they will look like they did when they came out of the box!

The Multiclad Pro Stainless Cookware has been designed and manufactured using professional triple ply construction, with the core of each piece made of pure aluminum.  This allows for perfect, even cooking with no hot spots.  The heat transfers very quickly as well, so you do not need to cook on high heat.

A ‘Heat Surround’ technology has been used in the construction which ensures that the distribution of heat is even around the cookware.  This ensures that the heat on the sides and the bottom is very even so you do not have to worry about the development of hotspots while cooking. The material used is of premium quality and has been selected to ensure that it never reacts with the food you are cooking, and the natural flavors never get altered.

When you begin using this set, make sure you read the instructions that come with it especially if you have never cooked with stainless steel cookware. 

With this kind of high-quality cookware, you do not need to cook on high heat.  Cook on medium heat and make sure the pans are hot before you add any oil or food.  This will ensure nothing sticks!

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