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Why I Can't Live Without my Le Creuset French Oven
Every now and again, you buy something for the kitchen that totally rocks your cooking world. The Le Creuset French Oven was one such purchase (or rather, the Le Creuset Casserole pot, as we call it here in the UK).
I had wanted something high quality to start making casseroles and one-pots in. I invested in this at a time when we had not long been living in our own home, and most of what we had bought so far for the kitchen had been gifted or bought, shall we say, cheaply! So this was the first "big" purchase. But investment is the right word. Using this amazing (and heavy!) cast iron pot is a dream - it cleans so easily, and cooks food beautifully both on the stove and in the oven.
Given the quality of the pot and the fact that I have used and used it over the past few years and it still looks brand new, I can safely say that this will most likely last a lifetime (indeed, it comes with a lifetime guarantee). But why else invest in an item like this - why not go for something cheaper?
When it comes to making the kinds of things you would make in a pot like this, it tends to get messy. Cottage pie, bake-in-the-oven-bolognese, Tuscan sausage stew, lemon chicken one-pot, beef stew... these are just some of the recipes I have concocted in it. There is mess and slop and strong flavours (lots and lots of onion and garlic and spices!)
The cast iron can be used on any heating element, on the stove as well as in the oven. The inside of the pot is non-stick, and impervious to stains, flavours and smells. When it comes to washing up, it wipes clean soooo easily!
This larger version is perfect for families, or for bulk freezer cooking, because you can make a fantastically large meal in it. You can also make a more modest meal for two, or four. You can make a meal in it from start to finish, without having to cook things in lots of different pans. You can start off frying the mince or sausages, the onions, the vegetables, and add the rest of the recipe bit by bit until you end up transferring it to bubble away in the oven. You can even bake a cake in it!
But those are the facts of the Le Creuset French Oven. The real, main reason I can't live without it, and why I love it more than almost anything else in my kitchen, is that I can be creative with it. It encourages me to experiment and try new things. Wonderful new things! I can follow a recipe and make something delicious from scratch to perfection. Or I can throw together what is left in the fridge and make something out of nothing. More than anything, I can make a family meal with it. Something we can all come together for, sit around the table for, and enjoy. For someone who loves cooking, and understands the sacredness of it, there can be nothing better.
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More Options in the Le Creuset French Oven Range...
If you have a smaller family, cook for one or just don't need such a large pot, then this is the smaller option.
I opted for the gorgeous cherry shade, but these babies come in many colours, including this stunning shade of blue!
Got a large family? Often entertaining friends? Love freezer cooking? Then the impressively large 9 quart version is a must to get the most from your Le Creuset!