Le Creuset 5 Qt Stainless Steel Braiser Pan – Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless-Steel Braiser Pan

41phzcaah-l__sl500_aa280_.jpgLike most people I associate Le Crueset with enameled cast iron cookware, which is both beautiful and functional.  But Le Crueset also make Stainless Steel and Hard Anodized non stick cookware.

And the  Le Creuset 5-qt Stainless Steel Braiser Pan demonstrates just how elegant and functional Le Creuset cookware is.  The braiser has an aluminum core which we know gives effective quick and even heat dispersal and ensures that there are no hot spots.

The braiser has a large 5 quart capacity meaning  you can whip up a large  meal of chili or stroganoff when entertaining or to feed a hungry family.

The Le Creuset 5 qt stainless steel braiser pan features a specially designed pouring lip which helps  to prevent drips and spills and because it goes all the way round it is suitable for left or right handed pouring.

The braiser pan has sloped sides and a tight fitting lid which keeps in the steam, returning it to the food so that you end up with moist and tender result. The tight-fitting lids also mean that the pan is suitable for gentle cooking with little water or fat which helps to retain the vitamins and nutrients.

These pans are designed to cook on medium heat and it is recommended that you DO NOT pre-heat the pan on HIGH then lower the heat for cooking. This is because the material will not cool quickly and if  it is overheated you may find that food will start to stick.

When Tri-ply pans are continually overheated you may find that they change color and become a golden brown or blue in appearance.  And even though the effect is not reversible and cannot be cleaned off,  it will in no way change the performance of your pan.

The large ergonomically designed handles give you a positive, comfortable grip, even if you are using oven mitts. This pan is elegant enough to take from the stovetop or oven to the table for serving.

Le Creuset have added a  clever little feature – the space between the helper handle and rim provides a secure place to “rest” the lid while you check or stir the  food as it is cooking.

A little tip for when you are adding salt to food in the pan, always make sure to add the salt to the cooking liquid so that it can be dissolved thoroughly, don’t ever pour the salt directly onto the stainless steel surface as it may cause pitting.

It is also advisable that you Do not store raw, marinating or cooked foods in the pan as this may also cause pitting and damage the  surface.  Once you have finished cooking and serving the food, transfer any leftovers to a container to be stored in the refrigerator.

Another smart idea to protect your pan is to use silicone, heat-resistant plastic or wooden tools.

The Le Creuset 5 Qt  Stainless Steel Braiser Pan can be used on all types of conventional stovetops including induction and the pan can safely be placed under the broiler. it is oven proof to 200°c/400°f/Gas Mark 6.

Clean up is easy as the pan is dishwasher safe.

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