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Cast iron casserole dish

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Moses, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Moses

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  2. ttaskmaster

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    We have one, at the wife's insistence, along with several other Le Creusset things. About that size, too. Works great, sees a lot of use, I only need something bigger when I'm doing stews for more than five, really.
    Can be had far cheaper second-hand (and sometimes at insane discounts in John Lewis post-Xmas sales) and will last a damn long time, especially if you take good care of it..... Good call on the black. I always hated the orange.
     
  3. lookitsjonno

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    Had that exact pan for over 10 years, expensive but is used 5+ times a week and is still as good as the day we bought it. Practically indestructible.
     
  4. kiteloopy

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    I have the Staub 28cm Chistera Braiser. Great thing that and slightly cheaper than the Le Creuset one. Only downside is that the handle can get very hot. I would have liked a larger one but I only have a small kitchen and dont have the room for it.

    They are great things Moses.
     
  5. ttaskmaster

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    Just about, yeah... The most common breaks are snapping off the side handles when dropping!
     
  6. lookitsjonno

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    Did a 4hr brisket in mine on Sunday, was amazing, meat fell apart :D
     
  7. robj20

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    I've fallen out with cast iron recently and prefer Pyrex or stainless steel.
     
  8. Philtor

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    £265 for that? :eek: Does it make the dinner as well at that price as it ought to lol
     
  9. Moses

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    Cheers everyone for validating my choice... :cool:.

    They’ve just shot up tbf. Were far closer to £200 when I posted (still a fair bit of cash).
     
  10. Acme

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    Several pre-loved ones on eBay finishing in the next 3 - 4 hours. Recon you could save yourself something in the region of £200.
     
  11. ttaskmaster

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    ^ This.
    Anything over £100 would be pretty insane.
     
  12. Tyrone1Wils

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  13. jpaul

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    are you already making bread ?, I have seen little evidence of their merits over a hot oven (with a dash of steam), or bread machine .. otherwise, Lodge, as he says, is good.

    For slow cooking the electric ones are economic/large too,
    and, for initial browning anyway, imhop need gas, which I don't currently have, to put the btu's into/justify a lecreuset,
    ... although I have not seen dumplings in an electric one.
     
  14. ttaskmaster

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    How well do these things last, though?
    I've heard mention of several alternative brands for cast iron cookware in the past, but I tend not to see them sold any more... I assume there's a reason Le Creusset are still in business?

    If you just want to save money, potjie pots are far cheaper and you can even cast spells with them!! :D