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Le Creuset is expensive. Is it over priced? Maybe, but it has a finish that cleans up better than of my other ceramic coated cast iron. The hours I don't spend soaking and scrubbing is worth something, as is the lifetime I expect to get out of this roaster.
I chose to make the leap into some Le Creuset products, and targeted 3 pots/pans: A large dutch oven (9 Quart - which I purchased directly from their outlet store), a large Braiser (5 quart - which I purchased here) and a roaster (this one)... okay I then bought the 7 quart roaster from a clearance rack at a store because I couldn't pass up the price, but 3 was my intention.
I have not noticed any hot spot issues in any of the above products. They all seem to heat evenly. Wonderful quality for stove top to oven and back again. Did I mention clean up. After each long slow roast, I look at the caked on fond and think "I don't want to clean it - this time it won't be easy, but it always is. A little hot water and soap in the pan for a few minutes while I do other dishes and it basically wipes out clean. I have a lodge dutch oven, which I also love, but it doesn't clean up as easily and the discoloring of the ceramic definitely looks like its been used often.
I guess my rational (which could be faulty but its how I sleep) - isn't a cooking implement that lasts a lifetime worth the cost of 4 meals (at the cost of roasts today) you make in it?
I have been wanting this for a long time but the price was too hot. I finally took the leap and bought because my husband said he thinks it worth it. It's heavy but it's wonderful. I've already used it twice. I baked some chicken and baked mac and cheese. Clean up is a breeze. It really worth the price and it's not made in China lol
I keep getting these Le Creuset pots and pans mixed up when I write the reviews. They are all so good and convenient for me. So this one is the Cast Iron Rectangular roasting and baking pan. It's heavy, unlike the ones that I have that aren't heavy because they aren't cast iron. This one is more versatile as it is cast iron. I don't have to worry about roasting and even cooking on the stove top as in making gravy from the residue (font) in the pan. Do I love it? Yes. The thing that I enjoy: I have more time to cook and a better budget. So my tools can be top of the line and therefore are an excellent value so that whatever I do is easier to execute.
I love to roast meats and poultry. I am comfortable and confident with this pan. I had one of those big roasters for large birds and big roasts but I don't need those anymore. There's just two of us and maybe company. This is big enough. My favorite dish so far is a chicken dish that I was supposed to grill but it was snowing. I still wanted to make it ... Pati Jinich Chipotle Agave Chicken Wings that I now make in the oven and not just for chicken wings. What a wonderful success the recipe is and the pan goes straight from oven to table.
I bought this cast iron enameled broiler pan - and have used it every few days. It's perfect for broiling fish, scallops, meat and veggies. Cleans up like a dream and you can leave it to your daughter or son. It'll last a lifetime if you treat it right. Fantastic - and worth the money.
Nice pan. I've been cooking in it for the past couple of days, and it has been doing an excellent job. It is sturdy and holds heat well. It is easy enough to cover with foil or parchment paper if you are trying to keep moisture in.
I would note that it isn't quite as large as it looks. Not a problem in my case, but I can see people being surprised. If you are cooking for a couple people, it is great. For instance, It has enough room to lay out a package of four big chicken breasts without them touching. If you want to cook more than that at a time, you should probably look towards the 7 qt version. I would add that the size makes it easier to clean. When diagonal, there is just enough room to fit it flat in your average sink. A larger roaster is going to require more fumbling around to clean well.
Durable cast iron, and won't crack in the oven like ceramic pans. The finish enamel might not be the toughest but seems to hold up decently. Maybe a bit heavy which makes it hard to wash, but should last forever.
Beautiful piece of Le Creuset in a new color for me, the Oyster. I have many pieces of Le Creuset and all different colors and this one is new to me. The color is beautiful. Pan size is great. Glad I did not buy the large one as this is big enough for one or two of us. Nice and sturdy, made in France. Will work great for roasting a beef roast, a chicken or a noodle dish. I ordered a roasting rack for inside of this but do not have it yet.
As with ALL of my Le Creuset pots and pans... I was extremely happy with this roaster. It was exactly what I was looking for. It is easy to clean, retains heat for a long time after you take it out of the oven and is great quality. I loved it so much I bought the smaller roaster as well for smaller items. The roasters are exactly like the Dutch ovens!