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 French Ovens are a modified Dutch oven or cocotte design. Dutch ovens come from Europe, but have a long history in early colonial America when they were used by settlers as a multi-purpose oven for use on the campfire. With the lid on, their heavy cast iron construction creates a sealed pocket of heat, steam and flavour that makes the most incredible slow cooked braises, roasts, stews, cassoulet and tagines. Open, Dutch ovens can be used open for risotto, couscous, rice dishes, pasta and even simple steaks and fried fish dishes. Le Creuset Cast Iron French Ovens are so versatile that you won't need any other cookware for most day to day use, and if you treat them well there's no reason why they shouldn't survive as long as you do.
Le Creuset Cast Iron French Ovens 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 French ovens come in, but for real individuality their sand casting method requires that each cast is destroyed and recycled after use, so no two French Ovens are the same.