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Le Creuset

(34 Posts)
shysal Tue 22-Oct-19 14:24:04

I don't have any hob-to-oven casseroles or pans. I fry off the basic foods and transfer to a Pyrex with lid, or slow cooker.
Many of the TV chefs use Le Creuset, and I wonder if they are worth the money and would they be too heavy for my bad wrist? They seem to discolour badly too.

FlexibleFriend Tue 22-Oct-19 14:26:53

They weigh a ton I can't lift them anymore due to my dodgy elbows.

kittylester Tue 22-Oct-19 14:34:26

They are fabulous! I've got loads but they are mostly decorative nowadays.

Luckygirl Tue 22-Oct-19 14:35:03

You might need to buy a hoist!!

Charleygirl5 Tue 22-Oct-19 14:53:05

I also cannot lift them- I am not sure if I was ever able to even at a younger age and without the hand problems I have now.

DoraMarr Tue 22-Oct-19 15:00:25

A stainless steel casserole or stockpot will go from hob to oven and will be lighter than le Creuset. Look on the John Lewis or M&S website for ideas.

Sara65 Tue 22-Oct-19 15:05:49

Yes, they weigh a ton, I’ve still use some casseroles, but not pans. I’ve got Aga cast iron pots which are also too heavy, I’m looking around for lighter alternatives.

Unless you’ve got superhuman strength, I’d give them a miss.

Amagran Tue 22-Oct-19 15:12:52

Like Sara65, I have Aga cast iron pots which are good in some ways but so heavy. Mostly I can't be bothered to heave them out of the back of the cupboard so use a stainless steel casserole which goes from hob to oven, as DoraMarr suggests.
In short, IMO Le Creuset not worth the money, pain to clean and too heavy.

jenpax Tue 22-Oct-19 15:18:14

I have some Le Creuset and do find them very heavy! However the casserole dishes are especially good in my opinion, and I will keep mine until I can’t use them anymore😱

lovebeigecardigans1955 Tue 22-Oct-19 15:18:34

I used them when I was younger and stronger but they weigh a ton even when empty, with hot liquid in them even worse, so not worth the premium you pay for the name.

Witzend Tue 22-Oct-19 15:20:29

So very heavy, not to mention incredibly expensive. I have a large casserole one that belonged to my MiL but TBH I never use it - I have similar sized dishes that are rather more user-friendly.
BTW I wouldn't be surprised if the TV chefs get paid to use, i.e promote Le Creuset.

Greyduster Tue 22-Oct-19 15:22:42

My son had a set and I couldn’t cope with the weight of them. I have a couple of Stellar stainless steel hob to oven casseroles; had them years and they are brilliant.

lemongrove Tue 22-Oct-19 16:00:22

I can only use the medium sized one now ( too heavy, as others say.)Gave the large one and a frying pan to DD who loves them.Have lots of happy family memories of using them though.

Callistemon Tue 22-Oct-19 16:12:50

My Sis-IL developed a bad wrist from using them, shysal.

They are heavy and, when full of food, impossible to lift.
I have a cast iron French 'marmite' and never use it.
The oven rack bent alarmingly last time I put it in the oven!

shysal Tue 22-Oct-19 16:21:36

Thanks for the replies. I think I shall save my money and my wrists!

Callistemon Tue 22-Oct-19 16:29:28

Apparently I can fry food on the hob in my slow cooker pot before putting it in the outer electric part.
I also have a small stainless steel 'marmite' shaped pot which can go from hob to oven (TK Maxx).

I think my slow cooker is a Morphy Richards.
However, I've never tried that.

newnanny Tue 22-Oct-19 16:30:23

I had a charcoal coloured set and liked them but I can no longer lift them in or out of the oven due to carpel tunnel and so I had to keep asking dh or one of my ds's but they were not always around so I gave them to my dd who loves them and uses them. I use the slow cooker now and dish out the food straight on to the plates.

phoenix Tue 22-Oct-19 16:38:38

I have a wonderful hob to oven casserole thing, I bought it in a local Home Hardwares store, after buying one for my boss when he was struggling to lift heavy pots.

The range is called Masterclass and is made by Kitchencraft. It has a non stick interior (although quite tough looking) so I do take care not to use metal utensils

M0nica Tue 22-Oct-19 17:15:02

I have several cast iron casseroles, which I use regulalry (I will use one tonight). None are Le Creuset. Le Creuset is merely a (expensive) brand name, whose manufacturer probably pays for product placement on cooking shows.

If you want to cook in cast iron there are plenty of cast iron casseroles available other than Le Creuset and a lot cheaper.

If you have any problem lifting weights cast-iron is not the matrial for you. There are a range of alternative hob to oven solutions that can be found in any good cook shop or kitchen departments in John Lewis and the like.

NotTooOld Tue 22-Oct-19 17:25:26

My daughter has a lot of Le Creuset and it does weigh a ton. I think she had most of it as wedding presents (we had to make do with pyrex!) but I dread doing the washing up at hers as it is so exhausting!!

tiredoldwoman Tue 22-Oct-19 18:04:00

I'd pined for a set of Le Creuset for a lifetime . My friend was moving in with her son and his family so I got her set !
But they're too heavy for me - be careful what you wish for !
smile

glammanana Tue 22-Oct-19 18:45:49

I have two casserole dishes by Le Creuset inherited from my mum which I have used when the family where living at home but not used for a while now as far too heavy.I have a 2 x person LC smaller casserole dish which I bought in a charity shop the ladies in the shop obviously did not know the value as it was priced at just £3 even though it is smaller it is still very heavy when full.

BlueSapphire Tue 22-Oct-19 19:40:28

I have a Sainsbury's cast iron saute pan, a lot cheaper than Le Creuset. It is heavy, but does look nice sitting on the hob! And it cooks well too.

Ellianne Tue 22-Oct-19 22:45:56

I had a set of the orange saucepans which seemed to get heavier as I got older. Our son burnt the base of the large one boiling spaghetti dry and the coating was destroyed beyond use. When we moved I bought a couple of cream LC casserole dishes and they are excellent in the oven. They hold the heat for a long while after cooking and need heavy table mats under them when transferred to a table.

Nortsat46 Wed 23-Oct-19 08:34:07

I have a couple of the smaller Le Creuset pans, which are well used and not too heavy.
I have a LC smaller frying pan, which I use for omelettes, frittata and the like and it’s v good (but the handle is very long for the dishwasher).
I have a LC roasting tin, which makes wonderful roast potatoes, but I don’t use it much because it’s heavy.
My favourite is a LC casserole dish which is used every week.

My LC ware is blue and about 20 years old and it looks like it could go on for another 20... The interior of the casserole dish has certainly discoloured from cream to a sort of light caramel colour, but that doesn’t trouble me.

I consider my Le Creuset to have been a good investment and I recommend them.