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Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 9" Skillet
Manufacturer: Le Creuset
List price: $135
Warranty: Lifetime
Dimensions: 15-1/4" x 10-1/2" x 1-3/4"
Weight: 4 lb 3 oz
Composition: Enameled cast iron
Other versions: Cobalt Blue; Kiwi; Dune; Flame;
other Le Creuset skillets and fry pans; other Le Creuset cookware
Made In: France
Type: Cookware: Cast iron skillet
Color: Caribbean (turquoise)
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet stovetop/oven
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop rack
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: We have heard that because of environmental regulations enameled cast iron cannot be made in this country or cannot be practically made. Almost all of it is made in China. This piece – and all Le Creuset enameled cast iron – is made in France, as it has been since 1925. Each piece is formed in its own sand mold and hand finished by more than 30 craftsmen. It is probably the most expensive cast iron cookware on the market, but with even benign neglect, it should last for generations.

The manufacturer says you can sear, broil, sauté, fry, and deglaze in this skillet. It can be used on gas, electric, induction, or ceramic cooktops, or in the oven up to 450°F (220°C). The inner cooking surface is a satin black enamel, which will not react with foods. The uniform heating of cast iron ensures even cooking across the pan surface and requires cooking with only low to medium temperatures. It can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Needless to say, it is beautiful, and – no matter what color you choose – you are likely to want to have it on display when you are not cooking with it.



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