All about Le Creuset Stoneware
Le Creuset is a French company as the name implies known around the world for their original quality handmade cookware. Specifically the Parisian's and French are well known around the world for their cuisine. The most famous of which is probably the Nouvelle cuisine. With a head office and manufacturing plant in Fresnoy-le-Grand in Aisne, France they have been manufacturing cookware since 1925. There foundry was placed here as it was at the crossroads of transport links which meant they had plentiful supply of the three important materials for the manufacture of there cast iron cookware which are iron, sand and coke. They later developed as special enamelling process to give there cookware the option of different colours. This design feature mad them stand out and soon became so popular they began to export to the USA and throughout Europe.
Le Creuset are perceived as a high end quality product as they are hand manufactured. Now owned by Paul Van Zuydam the current President, he purchased them in 1988 and has since expanded both the range and exported all over the world. This diversification now means they not only have there cast iron cookware range but have also introduced stainless steel cookware, silicone bakeware and a Stoneware range.
The Le Creuset Stoneware range keeps with the traditional colours of the cast iron cookware enamelling. Although this matches this well known cast iron cookware range it has been made into a range of its own. Made from a specially sourced clays they are fired in their oven's at the highest temperatures to give a hard wearing quality enamelled finish. The stoneware has the following properties
- Resist chipping and cracking
- Resist stains
- Hygienic surface that does not absorb odours or flavours
- Can be used in the oven, microwave or under the grill
- Can withstand temperatures of up to 500°F (260°C)
- Can withstand temperatures down as low a -65°F (18°C)
- Freezer safe
- Dishwasher safe
The one thing you should understand about the stoneware range is that they should not be put onto a direct heat source such as the hob and that you should not put them straight from the freezer into a hot oven. If grilling ensure your stoneware is at least 2 ½ inches ( 6 ½ cm) away from the flame or heat source.
The Stoneware range consists of six sub ranges they are:
- Preparation Items: These include mixing jugs and pestle & mortar.
- Cooking Items: The Le Creuset's Stoneware cooking items you can use to bake, slice, serve and store. These include ramekins, dishes and casseroles.
- Storage Items: The Le Creuset Stoneware storage items will look great in any kitchen work top surface and include storage and utensil jars and a butter dish.
- Serving Items: The stoneware serving items are versatile and beautiful and a great way to present any of your creations.
- Heart Collection: All with a fabulous red Cerise finish the Le Creuset heart shaped dishes show how much effort and love you put into your cooking.
- Sets: A great gift idea and way to get started with the Le Creuset Stoneware range.
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