The Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 10 ¼ Inch Skillet, is a nice alternative to traditional Teflon coated skillets. Although Teflon has its benefits, many find that the fumes that the Teflon can give off when cooking is less than pleasant as well as a potential danger. Teflon is also know to wear down quite easily and lose its only edge, its non-stick coating. Good quality cast iron such as Le Creuset lasts for ages and has superior heat conductivity and retention along with the ability to be used on any heating surface including induction stove tops.
The Le Creuset enameled vast-iron 10-1/4-Inch skillet has a chip resistant porcelain enamel that is layered on top of the cast iron. The coating does not need to be seasoned like regular cast iron pans have to. But you still get the excellent heat distribution and retention of cast iron. The pan is oven safe to 450 degrees and is ergonomically made for easy handling. A handy feature is the duel spouts on each side of the pan specifically made to accommodate both left and right handed cooks. Although very reliable the Le Creuset skillet comes with a lifetime warranty.
For those who have been satisfied with the Le Creuset, its biggest selling point seems to be that it’s easy to clean and the enamel coating is maintained even with frequent use. It is dishwasher safe, but like will all cookware hand washing is recommended. If you do burn your food and stain the coating, baking soda is great for those kind of jobs.
Customers that have bought the Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skillet also enjoy how heavy and solidly it is made. Some customers boast of having their skillets for years with little or no wear and tear.
The only complaints that some consumers have had is that it is not as non-stick as Teflon. However, there are many customers who have indicated that the skillet must be properly conditioned/seasoned with each use in the beginning to insure the highest level of non-stick. The trick is to preheat the pan on low to medium heat and then to give it a light coat of oil before adding anything to it.
For those expecting the same level of non-stick as the Teflon coated pans, they will probably be disappointed. The point to this skillet is to find a good alternative to Teflon and most consumers feel that this skillet fits the bill.
While some like the heavy and solid feel, there are some who complain of it being a bit too heavy to lift with one as in the case of the elderly or other people who might have difficulty lifting the pan from the stove such as those who suffer with arthritis but it does comes with a helper handle. However, overall most find that they can lift it without difficulty and prefer its solid build to lighter weight pans that will not last as long.
The general consensus on the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 10 ¼ Inch skillet is a positive one. Most consumers who purchased this skillet would recommend it to others. Admittedly a little pricier than most, but this skillet is built to last and will not likely have to be replaced for some time. This saves money in the long run with one skillet lasting for years with proper care.
If you have been trying to decide on a healthier alternative to your low quality non-stick Teflon pans, then the Le Creuset could be the perfect choice. Suitable for cooking at higher temperatures although low heat is recommended , it can easily handle most any cooking tasks that require higher temperatures as well as simply frying or simmering. The superior craftsmanship and sturdy build assure that this skillet will be around for years to come.
- Le Creuset’s durable black enamel finish, chip and scratch resistant
- Close to non-stick surface
- Strong iron handle provides a steady grip during use and transfer
- Duel spouts for left and right handed cooks
- Helper handle for easy lift
- Oven Safe to 450 degrees
- Even heat distribution and superior heat retention
- Compatible with all stove tops including induction
- Dishwasher safe
- Lifetime warranty