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Le Crueset-are they worth the money?

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jenk1 Tue 25-Sep-07 18:32:14

seen a special offer in the good food magazine for le crueset and before i decide to order, could anyone tell me if they are worth money?


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NomDePlume Tue 25-Sep-07 18:34:07

yes they are. We got the big casserole dish as a wedding present 4.5yrs ago and it has had so much use and still looks great.

They are very heavy though, especially when full.

Coolmama Tue 25-Sep-07 18:34:11

I would say absolutely - treated with a little love and care they will last for years and you can really do a lot with them. - love mine grin

Califrau Tue 25-Sep-07 18:38:20

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SueW Tue 25-Sep-07 18:45:44

They are fab. We have a big oval casserole dish we bought in France years ago and it is fantastic and used very regularly.

You can usually get good deals in Debenhams.

Like Califrau I wouldn't want to use saucepans on a daily basis but I'd rather like a smaller casserole.

Califrau Tue 25-Sep-07 18:48:35

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Spidermama Tue 25-Sep-07 18:49:38

Too heavy for me. Also not very non stick.

Jenkeywoo Tue 25-Sep-07 18:50:27

the cast iron casserole dishes are stupendous, as well as casseroles, they roast a chicken or other meat to perfection. it also always comes up clean which is nice. The down side is the weight and I don't think I could lift the saucepans every day. Also the v. expensive griddle pan has never quite been non-stick and my steaks get stuck!

Blandmum Tue 25-Sep-07 18:50:27

I have two fantastic casserole dishes, which I use and are worth their weight in euros!

On a day to day basis I have to use lighter saucepans

ChippyMinton Tue 25-Sep-07 18:52:09

Get casseroles you can use on the hob or in oven. Avoid the pans with wooden handles as they are too heavy (try draining a pan of pasta for example) and they don't go in the dishwasher.

RubyRioja Tue 25-Sep-07 18:54:09

Agree dishes fab, saucepans pita. How coudl anyone resist

ChippyMinton Tue 25-Sep-07 18:55:36

If you find yourself in France, you can pick up cast iron casseroles for a fraction of the price of Le Creuset.

lulu25 Tue 25-Sep-07 19:08:21

agree, cast iron anything is a PITA although le c poterie is nice.

their stainless steel pans (Trivita range) are also worth a look.

Pruners Tue 25-Sep-07 19:09:19

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southeastastra Tue 25-Sep-07 19:10:07

why are they so expensive though, isn't pyrex just as good?

Pruners Tue 25-Sep-07 19:10:25

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Blandmum Tue 25-Sep-07 19:11:25

the larger of my two le cruset dishes is now almost 20 years old and is still going stong.....very strong!

I love the fact that I can brown the meat and onions for a casserole in the same pan that I put in the oven! Can bring stuff to the boil on the hob, and then put in the oven etc.

Fantastic and really worth the cash

DottyDot Tue 25-Sep-07 19:11:32

dp would say yes, definitely. I like the casserole dishes but think the big frying pan's rubbish - things stick like mad to it and it's way to heavy to move around easily, so I use our ancient cheapo one.

Pruners Tue 25-Sep-07 19:13:00

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Blandmum Tue 25-Sep-07 19:15:01

I also have a fantastic small omllette pan. Second to none!

Pruners Tue 25-Sep-07 19:15:12

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BellaBear Tue 25-Sep-07 19:16:31

I love my le creuset. Totally worth it.

Wisteria Tue 25-Sep-07 19:17:00

Yes, I have replaced everything with le Creuset recently.

They are heavy but I still manage, even with a very bad back (have got very strong ex-gymnast arms though).

DottyDot Tue 25-Sep-07 19:18:11

When we moved from London to Manchester a few years ago, we had to move in with my Mum and put everything in storage - dp insisted on taking all her le Creuset to Mum's... hmm

Tinker Tue 25-Sep-07 19:20:27

Chasseur are just has good. I know I'm talking to myself every time I post that but tis true - and aren't as dear and come in even lovlier colours. Can pick them up in TK Maxx

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