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.