Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Red

Rating:
4.6/5,
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Price:
$329.95
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  1. kaneohegirlinaz
    "I Almost Gave Up"
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Performance:
    5/5,
    Durability:
    5/5,
    Cooking Evenness:
    5/5,
    Ease of Cleaning:
    4/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Dec 25, 2004
    Pros - Gorgeous, Great results, I'll be able to pass this pot down to the next generation of a great home cook
    Cons - Very heavy, unwelding, may need some TLC from time to time
    Some years back, my husband gave me my dream pot, le Creuset.

    A 5 1/2 Quart Round French Oven in Dune.

    I carefully read the enclosed information; cleaned the pot and it went into to service.  After the first month or so, I could not get the bottom completely clean, not all foods were releasing.  I sent the pot back to the manufacturer and they gladly replaced it, with no postage charges! 

    The first meal that I prepared in my replacement was a roast, and once again, I could not get that thing clean.  So I took a deep breath, looked in my cabinet of cleaning supplies and tried the cream I use to clean my glass top stove.  Voilà!

    Not so long ago I made a Pork Roast in my le Creuset, and the lid got really discolored.  I pulled out my non-scratch cleaning pad and my cleansing cream, applied some elbow grease, done!

    I was about to give up on this brand altogether.  Now I use that honey alot more often.
  2. rbandu
    "Love it"
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Performance:
    5/5,
    Durability:
    5/5,
    Cooking Evenness:
    5/5,
    Ease of Cleaning:
    5/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Purchase Price:
    $275.00
    Pros - Heavy weight, even cooking, pretty
    Cons - The enamel discolors
    I bought one of these just for making osso buco.  I found myself using it for a lot more than just that.  I make tomato sauce in it, chili, any excuse I have to bust it out, I do.  I absolutely love this pot.
  3. cinnamongirl
    "Should be in everyone's cabinets"
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Performance:
    5/5,
    Durability:
    5/5,
    Cooking Evenness:
    5/5,
    Ease of Cleaning:
    4/5,
    Pros - Even heat, looks great from oven to table, just a great braising pot
    Cons - heavy
    I'm lucky to have 2 Le Creuset pots.  The red 5 1/2 quart round was a gift from my husband and the smaller yellow 3 quart round I bought myself.  Yes, they are pricey, but it is the type cookware that I will be able to pass down to a niece or nephew one day.

    It is a main stay for me during the winter months for braising, roasting and entertaining.
  4. emathias
    "Cookery"
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Performance:
    5/5,
    Durability:
    4/5,
    Cooking Evenness:
    5/5,
    Ease of Cleaning:
    5/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Oct 20, 2003
    Purchase Price:
    $135.00
    Pros - Even heat, easy to clean
    Cons - HEAVY, enamal will wear and stain eventually, lid top loosens
    This is a great pot for long, slow cooking, and rugged enough for daily use, but is so heavy that I only use it when I need the even heat distribution.

    That said, it's a beautiful pot and looks nice sitting on my black stove - and when I do need even steady heat, it's great.  It's also great for baking rustic bread quickly in the oven.h
  5. schmoozer
    "Great Pot!"
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Performance:
    5/5,
    Durability:
    5/5,
    Cooking Evenness:
    5/5,
    Ease of Cleaning:
    5/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Purchase Price:
    $185.00
    Pros - Quality construction, heats evenly, goes from stove to table to refrigerator,and it's a nice looking pot.
    Cons - Some people may think it's too heavy and some may feel that it's too expensive.
    The pot does everything the advertisements suggest they do.  It's well made, and the Black Onyx comes with the stainless steel lid knob.  A number of people didn't care for the phenolic knob.  For what I cook and the quantities cooked, the 5 1/2 quart is a perfect size, but if you're cooking for more than three or four, the larger size up might be the way to go, especially if you want leftovers.

    Being able to use pot for cooking, serving, and storing in the fridge is a very nice atrtribute.  It makes the whole making the meal and storing the results a little simpler, not that you can't do that with other pots.

    The quality of the enameled coating is excellent, both inside and out.  I couldn'd find a chip, scratch, or weak area in the coating.  The almond colored interior finish is very smooth, and releases the food well - no scrubbing or extra energy needed for cleanup.

    The pot goes easily from the stove top to the oven, and heats evenly in both places.  But this baby really shines in the oven when doing a long, slow braise or making a stew.  The top fits well, it's oven proof to a temp higher than most anyone would use, and the handles were comfortable.

    Although it's an expensive pot, it's worth it.  Try to get a good deal, though.  Le Creuset has a number of outlet stores that sell at a good discount and sometimes have sales on top of that.  Whatever you do, if you've been thinking about getting one, do it!  You won't be disappointed.

    I should mention that I have the black pot, not the red.  I've found that the black color transfers heat better than the lighter colors, and have been using lower oven temps to get the same degree of simmer.