For getting incredible, Dutch oven-style cooking results from your saucepan, not to mention a lot of good versatility, the Le Creuset Cast Iron Multifunction Set is two cookware pieces in one. Consisting of a 1.8L cast iron saucepan and a 22cm cast iron frypan, the two pieces sit together to form a lidded pot. The benefit of using a solid cast iron Le Creuset frypan as a lid for your saucepan is the unrivalled heat retention and 'self-basting' qualities. Even if you're just making a sauce, stew or soup, the heavy lid and uninterrupted enamel interior make for the best results. Or, pop it in the oven and get a fantastic pot roast or braise.
As separate pieces of cookware, the Le Creuset Cast Iron Multifunction Set provides enjoyable cooking for most uses in the kitchen. The enamel surface acts as a non-stick, so cooking eggs in the frypan is easy, and you can make pasta sauces in the saucepan without your ingredients turning to mush. The body and handle is constructed from the one piece of cast iron, so there are no joints to come loose with age, and the handles have holes in their ends for hanging storage.
If you crave something more than single purpose, short-lived, everyday pots and pans, Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware is what you have been searching for. Nothing beats rock solid enamelled cast iron cookware for longevity, ease of use and utterly enjoyable cooking. From a small foundry in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France, Le Creuset have been making beautifully coloured cocottes since 1925 with traditional sand casting methods, and have garnered a devout following all over the world ever since.
Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware can be used on the hotplate (including induction hotplates) or in the oven, make great serving dishes on the table, and can even be used as a properly sealed storage container in the refrigerator. The enamel surface is easy to clean and resistant to light metal utensil use, although drops, sharp metal tools and other hard impacts will chip the enamel. Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware is dishwasher safe, however repeated use of the dishwasher over time will dull the enamel, so hand wash when possible.
Le Creuset pride themselves on the wide range of beautiful colours their cast iron cookware pieces come in, but for real individuality their sand casting method requires that each cast is destroyed and recycled after use, so no two pieces are the same.