Review: Le Creuset 3.5qt Braiser Review

le-creuset-braiser-35qtThis is one of those pieces of cookware that you will find that you use again and again in your kitchen.

It’s so versatile and the fact that it works so well on the stove top and in the oven means that you can brown your meats and then transfer to the oven to finish cooking.

Made from cast iron and finished with enamel this is a quality piece of cookware that you will have for a lifetime.

What We Like

  • It’s oven safe to 450F.
  • It’s so versatile and looks so good that it can go from stove top, to oven to tabletop quite easily.
  • This is a quality product.
  • Because of its enamel surface you won’t get foods reacting to it.
  • It is dishwasher safe.
  • It has a lifetime warranty.

What We Don’t Like

  • Le Creuset is pricey but you are getting quality for your money here.
  • As with all cast iron, this pan is heavy.

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Make Your Own Pizza with the Mario Batali Italian Pizza Set

mario-batali-italian-pizza-setThere’s nothing like making your own pizza at home. For one thing, you know exactly what goes into it making it a healthy alternative to store bought pizza. You also get to make your pizza as unique as you like.

Copco in association with Mario Batali have developed the ultimate in pizza set with everything you need to make the best pizzas in your own home.

This set is also exclusive to so you probably won’t find this anywhere else.

What’s Included

  • Soft grip pizza wheel
  • Flexible turner
  • Plastic counter scraper
  • Measuring prep bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mozzarella slicer
  • Pizza pan
  • Garlic slicer
  • Pizza peel
  • Work mat

The pizza pan is made of cast iron and coated on the outer surface with an orange porcelain enamel. The cooking surface itself is coated with a matte enamel which makes for a crispier pizza crust and it also means that you don’t have to season it.

The pan also looks good enough to take straight from the oven to the table and can be purchased separately if you don’t need the added extras.

I like the work mat that comes with this pizza set which is made using a non-stick silicone surface. This is what you use to roll out the pizza dough. Printed on the mat are two different pizza dough recipes from Mario himself plus conversion measurement tables.

The pizza wheel is made from polycarbonate to ensure that it is safe for nonstick pans.

This is a neat pizza set and you couldn’t help but have fun making pizza with it.


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Le Creuset Cobalt Blue Enameled Soup Pot Review

le-creuset-cobalt-blue-enameled-soup-potThe Le Creuset Caribbean Soup Pot is a gorgeous piece of cookware that you will be proud to take from oven direct to your table for serving. Made in France these pots are handcast by artisans so you are looking at a quality piece of cookware.

This soup pot is cast iron with an enamel coating so you get all the benefits of cast iron without the tedious problem of having to maintain it. This means you don’t have to season the pot nor do you have to be careful how to wash it in case you remove the seasoning. You also won’t get the problem of your cast iron rusting which can happen with bare cast iron.

What We Like

  • The enamel coating means that this is a really easy to clean piece of cookware.
  • I must admit that I love the color blue and this cobalt blue color really appeals to me.
  • It’s dishwasher safe.
  • This has a 101 year warranty so you can hand this one down to your kids.
  • Oven safe to 450F.
  • It works on the stove top or in the oven.
  • This is a very versatile pot as you can fry up your onions, garlic etc on the stove top and then add your other ingredients and cook over the flame. In other words, you don’t need to use two different pots or pans to make your soup.

What We Don’t Like

  • Cast iron is heavy so if you have weak muscles you may find it difficult to lift this pot.
  • Le Creuset cookware is not cheap but it is going to last you a lifetime so you have to think of it as an investment.

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Trudeau Elite 3 in 1 Cast Iron Fondue Set Review

trudeau-elite-3-in-1-cast-iron-fondue-setRemember when fondue was all the rage? Well it’s back again in a big way and fondue sets are becoming very popular. The Trudeau Elite 3 in 1 Cast Iron Fondue Set is the ultimate in fondue sets.

Due to the split cast iron bowls you can have two different types of fondue going at the same time. So you could have two different cheese fondues or perhaps a cheese and a chocolate fondue. The choice is yours.

What’s Included

  • 2 x 16oz cast iron bowls
  • 6 serving cast iron bowls
  • 1 bamboo board
  • 6 stainless steel spoons with bamboo handles
  • 6 stainless steel forks with bamboo handles
  • 2 safety burners
  • 1 chrome colored metal stand
  • 1 black fork guide
  • 2 metal strainers

What We Like

  • The cast iron bowls mean good heat retention so your fondue should stay warmer for longer even after you have turned the burner off.
  • This set looks really impressive and will really ‘wow’ your guests at your next fondue get together.

What We Don’t Like

  • This is a bit pricey at just under $100 but you are looking at the ultimate in fondue sets here.


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Paula Deen Cast Iron Covered Round Casserole

paula-deen-cast-iron-covered-round-casserole One great thing about the Paula Deen 7-qt. cast iron covered round casserole is that it is pre-seasoned so you can use it as soon as it arrives so you don’t have to fuss around seasoning it before use.

Cast iron is an excellent material for cooking and it holds the heat in for simply ages so that food remains hot. Plus this covered round casserole is just great for slow cooking soups, stews and chili. The large 7 quart casserole is big enough to cook enough food for a large family or for a crowd if you are entertaining.

I do like the design of Paula Deen cookware and this casserole is no exception. The pot has large loop handles that are easy to grip even if you need to use a potholder.

The Paula Deen cast iron round covered casserole is broiler safe and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Slow cooking meals retains all the healthy goodness in the food and by adding herbs and spices you can make meals that taste just scrumptious. I like to cook meals such as steak and kidney with dumplings and this casserole makes that sort of meal easy to cook and the long slow cooking results in a tasty gravy.

To find more Paula Deen Cookware
How to choose a Saute Pan – Paula Deen
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