The Crucible Of Cookware

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The French know food. They also know how to make premium crockery. Since 1925, Le Creuset, the manufacturer best known for its colorfully-enameled cast-iron cookware, has inspired people everywhere to enjoy time in the kitchen and around the table.

“Beloved by home cooks and master chefs alike, the Le Creuset name reflects three essential truths, or Les Trois Vérités, which celebrate the company’s proud heritage as the first in colorful cookware, the finest in quality and design and the favorite for generations,” said Nate Collier, director of marketing for Le Creuset.

Le Creuset, which is French for the crucible, has earned a spot on the must-have list for many culinary enthusiasts and home cook, specifically for its Dutch oven, the holy grail of cast-iron cookware.

“The most traditional use for a Dutch oven would be for stews and braises, the traditional beef bourguignon or coq au vin all the way green chile pork, but a Dutch oven is such a versatile tool,” said Collier, adding that it can also be used to deep fry chicken or bake professional quality bread.

Voted as the #1 Dutch oven in the culinary world by America’s Test Kitchen, Le Creuset’s respect for the heritage of the brand means never making sacrifices to the product. Varying in different sizes and price points, according to Collier, the company’s products have been made in the same foundry in northern France since its inception.

“Our enameling process has been perfected over the 90 plus years, resulting in easy maintenance and, of course, our beautiful colors,” said Collier of Le Creuset’s stunning spring line, which features a color palette of cool hues like Sea Salt, Meringue and Fig. “Consumers want a brand and a product they can trust, and hopefully that is what we represent.”

A lover of cooking and baking, my first foray with my Dutch oven came by way of chicken meatball soup on my gas stove. The smooth enamel helped to melt onions and cook carrots and celery beautifully as they slid around the stick-free bottom. The 4.5 quart pot made plenty of soup for six people and cleanup was a breeze. Now that spring promises fresh vegetables, I am excited to make vegetable soup, quiches and attempt a rosemary focaccia.

Handwash Le Creuset cookware in hot, soapy water after it cools and dry it well. This is definitely a piece that will be in my kitchen cabinets for well over 30 years.

Upgrade your kitchen with Le Creuset and see the new collection by visiting www.lecreuset.com.

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