Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skillet

Those who care about cooking know that while skills and techniques are important, using high quality cookware can very often be the difference between okay results and those that are simply amazing.

I’ve always wanted a piece of Le Creuset cookware, and I had my eye on one of their fabulous Dutch ovens for a while, but they are so expensive, and I knew I didn’t need it. When I came across this orange skillet on craigslist for $40, I had to have it. A good price online is about $150, so this was a steal.  It was brand new; I have no idea why the woman selling it did, but I am glad she did.

This is one of the best pieces of cookware I own, but there are some learning curves that go along with it (I know you’re thinking…a pan? But yes.)

You have to heat it on MEDIUM (no higher), and for a minimum of 10 minutes to really get the benefits of this fine skillet. The first time I used it I let it heat for a few minutes, but there is a huge difference in letting it get good and hot, again no higher than medium, or even slightly under.

It’s a heavy pan. You might think this is a bad thing, but this is why it is so good, it’s heavy and retains heat so well that you get evenly browned food EVERY TIME.

Unlike most cast iron skillets, it doesn’t need to be seasoned, but you don’t want to use anything abrasive to clean it, in fact I usually just wipe mine out with a paper towel, no soap necessary. You don’t want to use metal cooking utensils on it, as this will scratch the super nonstick finish.

Overall, if you are in the market for some good high quality cookware, you can’t go wrong with Le Creuset. If taken care of properly, it will last a lifetime, and if used according to the manufacturers directions it will absolutely cook up some the best dishes you’ve made, with little effort.

After having this skillet, I am almost definitely going to get that Dutch oven. If only that same woman had one she wanted to get rid of. Sigh.

Do you this same skillet in your kitchen?

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