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What Size Le Creuset Should I Buy

To determine the size of your Le Creuset Dutch oven, look for a diameter marking on the bottom or the side of the pot. The number is given in centimeters. Alternatively, you can measure the diameter of the pot across the top. Compare the diameter with our Le Creuset capacity chart to determine the corresponding volume of your dutch oven.

what size le creuset should i buy

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Le Creuset produces dutch ovens in a variety of sizes between 1-quart and 13.25-quarts. Each size is labeled with a numerical identifier that is based on the diameter of the dish, measured in centimeters. Size 14 serves only 1-2 people, while Size 34 will serve more than 10.

Our recommendation for sizes of this iconic casserole dish depends on how you intend to use them. Most couples love to use these for batch cooking, either for a big dinner party or for multiple meals to last the week. If this is you, we would recommend any size from 24cm upwards (24cm, 26cm, 28cm and 30cm).

The flat shape of the shallow sides make these casserole dishes perfect for browning meat and vegetables, simmering casseroles, stir frys, sweet or savory pies and our favourite, risottos. This shape is available in two sizes: 26cm and 30cm.

" I would recommend a 27cm oval casserole. It is big enough to fit and roast a whole chicken, but also a decent size to do a big curry or casserole for a dinner party of up to 8/10 guests. I would also suggest to couples to get a smaller 22cm round casserole for day-to-day use if you are just cooking for the two of you."

"I recommend choosing two sizes, and basing the sizes around how many you would realistically cook for. I tend to find the the 22cm and the 26cm sizes make an ideal pair. They are a useful combination; 22cm is good for every day/small dinners and 26cm is perfect if you are having a dinner party or would like to make a bigger batch.

Buy the wrong size and aside from the wasted money, it raises other issues. Buy a Dutch oven that is too big and you will not use it as often as you should. They are big and heavy so you will opt for something more manageable. You will not be using it to its potential.

The foods you make will determine what size Le Creuset Dutch oven you need. If it is simply stews, the standard quart measurement is more than enough to work out what you need. If you are planning on roasting in the oven, for example Chickens, then you need to start looking at the actual measurements of the Dutch oven.

Ideally, I would own several sizes but that is not possible. When I chose my Dutch oven, I factored in the size of my family and added on two quarts for leftovers or guests. Occasionally I will cook for family or friends so it is nice to have that flexibility.

The issue with the oval size is more relevant if you do not have a double hob. For stovetop, the width of it means that it will not heat evenly. A key benefit of cast iron is the ability to heat evenly so not doing so will create hot spots.

Le Creuset's two best-selling Dutch ovens are the 5 1/2 qt. Round Dutch oven and 6 3/4 qt. Oval Dutch oven. According to Le Creuset, these two sizes offer the most flexibility to scale up or down when cooking. Those two sizes are not small by any means, but they are also not too big where you'll feel like you're feeding an army. The brand calls those its Goldilocks of sizes.

In a smaller Dutch oven, you can make sauces, gratins, and even a pie! Those mid-sized dishes are what you'll cook stews, one-pot meals, and side dishes in. Bigger Dutch ovens are what you can use to roast a whole chicken or make a large loaf of no-knead bread.

Hi! Thank you for this information! Would you be kind enough to share the lab you worked with to have your samples tested? I googled how to test and it is difficult to find a lab that will take such a small sample size, so am hoping you could share the lab you worked with. I am inspired to test my own cookware after developing an allergy to Nickel and atopic dermatitis. I am going to test my All-Clad and Staub cookware and would be happy to provide the results for you. Many thanks!

Great test however it appears that the sauce had some aluminum to start with. Did you use a sauce out of cans which would have leached aluminum in the fluid already. It would be best to do a test by making a sauce from organic tomatoes and take a sample of mashed tomatoes first to establish vegetable in start form and then cook it for hours and take another sample. Tamara Rubin did a test with a XRF tester and she found cadmium and lead in some of these pots. See -in-france-c-2013-yellow-le-creuset-enameled-sauce-pan-15800-ppm-cadmium-a-known-carcinogen/

Hey, did you ever retest your le creuset pots? Dod you also test thier cast iron skillet?Are you still using le creuset? I just purched the french oven pots and after reading this im debating weither or not to return them.

Thank you very much for your follow up. That makes me feel a bit better. I was really starting to feel OVERWHELMED!I almost DID purchase an orange colored Le Creuset; now I am very upset with that company. I hope in the future, thereare companies with complete concern for the health and welfare of us all. If there is one now, perhaps someone should share it with us. (Every time I think I find one, people seem to disagree. )

Thank you for the information! I just wanted to add and I am sorry if I may be repeating what you have talked about in different posts. Unfortunately commercially cooked foods are likely to contain heavy metals like tom sauce in this case, because commercial cookware is mostly made from aluminum or low grade stainless steel. Everyone who is detoxing from heavy metals should avoid items like store bought bone broth, stock, soups, sauces, canned items, baked goods and restaurant foods.

We particularly love the price. For under 50, this is a lightweight alternative to the traditional cast-iron options which can become overwhelmingly heavy when full. Its two broad handles are a practical size and easy to grip for lifting in and out of the oven. Safe up to 240C, it copes well in hot ovens.

This is great! I've had one piece for ages, that square grill pan, and finally just got the 5.5 quart Dutch oven and was certain the sticker should come off but it's on there pretty good so I started to wonder. Googled and up you came. Thanks for the advice!

Thank you for your post! I too found it by googling if the sticker should come off or not (my is kind of ruffled so I figured yes but wanted to confirm I wasn't committing blasphemy). I see in the picture at the top of your post a lid resting on the plastic spacers (not sure if this is the actual term for them) that the cookware shipped with. Do you keep them for storage? I understand it can help prevent accidental chips in the enamel but I'm wondering if that's 'best practice' for the pot (just got the 3.4L sauteuse - very excited to start cooking with it!).Many thanks.

And what's the most versatile size if you just want to buy one Dutch oven? Chantelle recommends one with a capacity of about five to six litres (roughly a 26cm round pot): "It's versatile and great for a family of around four, or for cooking a meal for two and freezing the leftovers. You'll get good use out of it."

If you have an induction or ceramic cooktop, consider the size of your cooking zone before you buy. It's best that you choose a pot that fits well with the size of the heated zone for better cooking efficiency. 041b061a72


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