There are few cookware brands as universally adored as famed French giant Le Creuset. Founded in 1925, Le Creuset (pronounced luh-croo-zay) has had a cult following among chefs, home cooks, and celebrities alike for more than 90 years — Marilyn Monroe's personal collection once sold at auction for over $20,000! Long considered to be a crucial component of any passionate cooks' kitchen, the brand is best-known for its array of colorful, high-end cast iron products — including its iconic Le Creuset Dutch Oven, $200 (Originally $325), Le Creuset.
While its normal price point of $325 may seem like a lot to shell out for a dutch oven, there's a couple of reasons behind its high price point. Unlike other dutch ovens, which can scratch and break down with time, Le Creuset's features an expert cast-iron construction that maintains an even heat throughout like no other oven on the market.
In fact, these pots are still manufactured out of the same French foundry, with the same century-old technique, as the very first models. Finished off with an enamel glaze that reinforces its already durable cast-iron, this pot is built to last, with many being passed down from generation to generation. Inheriting grandma's Le Creuset is a time-honored tradition in many homes and one I myself am looking forward to.
This particular Dutch Oven features a 5 1/4-quart capacity, making it roomier than most dutch ovens and perfect for big family meals. It's topped with a dome-shaped lid that locks in flavor by promoting a continuous circulation of heat and moisture. It has wide loop handles for a safe, comfortable grip and a phenolic knob that's oven-safe up to 390 degrees.
When it comes to cooking, it's perfect for everything from slow-cooking, roasting, and searing, to stir-frying and baking. What's more, its smooth, sand-colored enamel interior provides the perfect environment for techniques such as caramelization, while simultaneously preventing sticking and resisting stains.
With a devoted fanbase, it's no surprise that the reviews for this pot are glowing. One buyer called it "fantastic in every way" going on to say, "I love this pot for soups, stews — everything I’ve ever made in it has turned out perfectly!"
Another shared how it inspired her to get into the kitchen, writing, "My husband loves that I’m cooking more because I love this pot!"
Once you're done, cleanup is easy — this oven is dishwasher safe, though its heavy weight makes it better suited for hand-washing).
If you're ready to treat yourself to the best Dutch ovens around, now's your chance — it's currently 38 percent off. With Le Creuset discounts this deep coming few and far between, it's one sale you won't want to miss —and just in time for all that wonderful holiday cooking, too!
Where to buy: $200 (Originally $325), Le Creuset
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