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    Published on December 11th, 2010 | by Alicia

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    Holiday Kitchen Goodness With Le Creuset Cookware

    Reg­u­lar Tru­ly Ob­scure read­ers prob­a­bly know that we’re big fans of Le Creuset. Check out our re­views of Le Creuset’s Brais­er Casse­role, Sauci­er Pan, and unique Doufeu. Our ex­pe­ri­ence with Le Creuset’s Tri-Ply Stain­less Steel 8-Piece Cook­ware Set kept our ap­pre­ci­a­tion of their crafts­man­ship in­tact.

    The set in­cludes an 8″ non­stick omelet pan, 9.5″ fry­ing pan, 2-quart saucepan and cov­er, 3-quart saucepan and cov­er, and a 7.5-quart stock­pot and cov­er. A beau­ti­ful set, the items fea­ture a brushed stain­less ex­te­ri­or that is easy to clean. The items are con­struct­ed of steel/alu­minum/steel, which en­sures heat is even­ly dis­tribut­ed and elim­i­nates hot spots. The bot­toms are flat, en­sur­ing even heat­ing and ex­cel­lent per­for­mance on to­day’s pop­u­lar flat stoves. We like that the tri-ply con­struc­tion runs up the side of the pots and pans, not just on the bot­tom- mak­ing the pans more sol­id, even­ly heat­ing, if a bit heav­ier.

    An­oth­er great com­mon-sense fea­ture that is of­ten­times over­looked by man­u­fac­tur­ers is that the pots and pans fit in­side each oth­er. The han­dles are riv­et­ed to give you added strength when trans­port­ing- heavy-du­ty riv­ets too, solid­ly con­struct­ed. We love how tight-fit­ting the lids are, which seals in the heat and all the yum­my fla­vors per­co­lat­ing be­low. Oth­er thought­ful fea­tures in­clude rims that are de­signed for pour­ing while elim­i­nat­ing liq­uid from drib­bling down the side (how does that sneaky liq­uid al­ways make its way on­to my clothes?), and the pots’ in­te­ri­ors have mea­sure­ments, which are es­pe­cial­ly use­ful when re­duc­ing liq­uids. We’re im­pressed that these pup­pies are dish­wash­er safe, though we may stick to hand-wash­ing…at least un­til the nov­el­ty wears off.

    One note of cau­tion is that the pots and pans are heavy. So, these might not be the best gift for your awe­some-as-ev­er but frail grand­moth­er. Al­so, we ex­pe­ri­enced a lit­tle bluish dis­col­oration, but we were told this is from hav­ing the pans on too high heat, and that low­er­ing the heat one or two notch­es should elim­i­nate dis­col­oration. The set re­tails for around $450, but watch­ful eyes will prob­a­bly be able to find the set on sale, es­pe­cial­ly with the hol­i­days in full swing. As with oth­er Le Creuset cook­ware, while pricey, these items are de­signed to pro­vide a life­time of en­joy­ment, and are backed by a life­time guar­an­tee.

    What bet­ter way to cook in our love­ly Le Creuset cook­ware set than with Le Creuset’s 7-piece Spat­u­la Set with Crock? Fea­tur­ing five sil­i­cone spat­u­las with wood­en han­dles – mi­ni, small, medi­um, large spoon, and jum­bo slot­ted spoon – as well as a sil­i­cone bast­ing brush, we quick­ly found our­selves reach­ing for these cook­ing uten­sils over and over. The bast­ing brush worked well, al­though we didn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly think it was bet­ter than your av­er­age, ho hum bast­ing brush. But the spat­u­las were quite cool- a bit firmer than many oth­ers we’ve tried, and with small tweaks to shape that made them eas­i­er to use for both cook­ing and scrap­ing.

    The sil­i­cone heads are de­signed to re­sist high heat (we tried to burn them but couldn’t), and won’t scratch non­stick pans. The spat­u­la heads pop off the wood­en han­dles to throw them in the dish­wash­er – awe­some! And wood­en han­dles feel classy and old-school with heads that held up well af­ter sev­er­al rounds in the dish­wash­er. The set comes in a beau­ti­ful crock that grad­u­ates from a dark col­or to a lighter col­or at the top and is em­bla­zoned with the Le Creuset name. We got the set in blue, while it’s al­so avail­able in red and white. The col­or is bright, fun, and sure to cheer up any kitchen. While we bris­tled slight­ly at the $70 price tag on Amazon.com for a sim­i­lar set, the set de­liv­ers a bet­ter per­for­mance and more plea­sur­able cook­ing ex­pe­ri­ence than oth­er spat­u­las out there. The set makes a great gift for a spe­cial cook in your life, who will no doubt think of you ev­ery time he/she reach­es for a spat­u­la!

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