Le Creuset are without doubt one of the most recognised cookware brands. For close to 100 years they have been manufacturing pans of the highest quality and as a testament to which, their products are used in domestic and professional kitchens alike. The company still operates from its original base in Fresnoy le Gran, France where it has since 1925. Perhaps best known for their cast iron casseroles and pots, the range is now much broader, with products including cast iron and stoneware cookware, knives, mugs, utensils and more. In addition to a large product range, there is also a wide choice of colours, from the iconic Volcanic to the delightful Coastal Blue.
Above all else, Le Creuset are known for quality. Using the finest materials, they can craft products that perform excellently, meaning that these pans are hardwearing and will last for many years. The lifetime guarantee on many of their products is evidence of this. Higher quality cookware can also help to improve cooking performance, with better heat conduction and a more even heat ensuring that food is cooked to perfection. In addition, the design and colours of Le Creuset products look great in any kitchen and makes them a joy to use.
Le Creuset now manufacture a diverse range of products which includes;
Cast Iron Cookware
Le Creuset are best known for their iconic cast iron cookware, with their first product, the Cocotte, launched in 1925. Otherwise known as a Dutch Oven, or casserole, this is still hand crafted today. Liquid iron is poured into sand moulds to create these pans. The moulds are broken after each casting and the sand recycled. This means that no two pans are exactly the same. Further finishing processes are then carried out by skilled craftsmen before finally, two layers of enamel are applied. The enamelling process gives Le Creuset cast iron its characteristic beauty. It also creates a tough, non-reactive surface.
A large range of Le Creuset stoneware is also now available. This shares the same great colours as the cast iron cookware. Stoneware items are made from specialist clays and fired at high temperatures which makes them strong and durable. So much so that the company offers a 5 year guarantee on stoneware items. They have been designed to provide excellent thermal resistance and maintain an even temperature. The range includes mugs, casseroles, roasters and many items which form the 'Breakfast Collection'. This collection features items that are perfect for the most important meal of the day.
Toughened Non-Stick Pans
This is a sleek range of versatile pans. The stylish design is coupled with super cooking results. Six layers create a tough, effective non-stick surface. The special hard-anodised body is long lasting and ideal for everyday use on any hob. The magnetic, stainless steel base ensures that this pan is ideal for use on induction hobs. The forged aluminium body is a perfect conductor, creating an even distribution of heat. The toughened non-stick range has been created to help you make quick, tasty meals with no fuss. Cooking can be fast and fun with the TNS range.
3-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware
Le Creuset 3-Ply Cookware uses a combination of high grade 18/10 stainless steel and aluminium. This creates a metal layer which uses an aluminium core to spread heat evenly. This means that there are no hotspots and ensures food is cooked evenly throughout. 3-ply cookware is suitable for use on all hobs, including induction. To make life easier, the pans have a lip which enables you to pour from any angle. The range is covered by a lifetime guarantee and is dishwasher safe. 3-ply cookware is available as either standard or signature ranges. Signature ranges feature a lid and handle modelled on the classic cast iron casserole lids.
Professional Hard Anodised Cookware
A range of pans that is both functional and beautiful. These pans are durable enough to handle any kitchen environment. A premium-grade stainless steel interior means these pans heat evenly. The hard anodised exterior ensures that pans are protected from bumps. The exterior is also non-stick to ensure that they are easy to clean. Cookware in this range is oven safe to 260°C which means they are versatile. As with many other ranges, they are covered by a lifetime guarantee.
Comprised of seven different kitchen knives that cover all key food preparation tasks. Le Creuset knives are available with stainless steel or olive wood handles. The blades are taper ground for a strong and sharp cutting edge and are made from Damascus steel. They have a Rockwell hardness of 61. These knives blend great style with superb performance, as with other Le Creuset products.
Le Creuset don't just make cookware. Their range of bakeware provides great performance. The extensive range is made from heavy gauge carbon steel which gives an even bake. The non-stick coating ensures that food comes out easily. The range includes a variety of bakeware from baking trays and roasters to cake, Yorkshire pudding and tart tins.
Accessories are available in the same stunning colours as other Le Creuset cookware items and compliment them beautifully.
Le Creuset also produce a wide range of barware items and accessories. This includes a variety of corkscrews, wine cooling sleeves, wine pump and serving tools, and accessory sets. Great as a present for a wine lover, or simply as a gift to yourself!