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    Published on May 4th, 2012 | by Greg

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    Le Creuset’s Signature Braiser: Five Quarts Of Cast Iron Goodness

    Brais­ing is one of those tasks that most home chefs won’t do all that of­ten. But, when you do, it can be pret­ty frus­trat­ing if you’re stuck with a bunch of av­er­age pots and pans. Sure, you can make do with a large pot, but it just won’t work very well. Brais­ing re­quires some space, es­pe­cial­ly since you’re prob­a­bly go­ing to be work­ing with a pret­ty large quan­ti­ty of meats and veg­eta­bles. You want even cook­ing, some­thing oven safe, and pret­ty big han­dles to al­low you to ac­tu­al­ly get a se­cure grip on the pan.

    Thank­ful­ly, the Le Creuset Sig­na­ture 5 Quart Brais­er meets all of those cri­te­ria, and even bet­ter, comes in a va­ri­ety of nice col­ors. Ours was cher­ry red, but their en­tire palette is avail­able, in­clud­ing fen­nel, the clas­sic flame, cas­sis, in­di­go, di­jon, and a love­ly shade of blue that they call Mar­seille. As al­ways, their cast iron is ex­cel­lent- the ex­te­ri­or enam­el coat­ing is chip-re­sis­tant, and the in­te­ri­or is a nice shade that al­lows you to eas­i­ly check on your food as it cooks. We’ve checked out gifts large and small, and keep in mind that their ex­cel­lence goes be­yond cast iron, as we al­so rec­om­mend their stain­less steel cook­ware.

    We loved that the pan was dish­wash­er safe, and works with any cook­ing sur­face- elec­tric, gas, as well as in­duc­tion. Made in France, Le Creuset is al­ways a bit spendy, but in our ex­pe­ri­ence, out­lasts oth­er brands and is worth the price. And it al­ways looks classy- even the new black com­pos­ite knob adds a touch of moder­ni­ty to a clas­sic de­sign. Not ev­ery­one will need a brais­er, and per­haps not one this large, which is why oth­er sizes are avail­able as well. Some have asked about the Sig­na­ture la­bel, which is a col­lec­tion with a few ex­tra de­tails, like tighter-fit­ting lids and large han­dles, as well as eas­i­er-to-clean in­te­ri­or enam­el. We love this pan, and now just need to find more things to braise! Avail­able on­line and in stores for around $280.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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