This Le Creuset shallow casserole dish from the Fonte enamel collection is made from solid cast iron. It is a robust, top-quality pan that will last for generations. There are so many things you can do with this cast iron pan. You can cook, fry, grill and stew on all kinds of cooking hobs. This pan can also be used in the oven, over an open fire or even in a wood-fired oven. You can even make cakes in this enamel pan. The pan is also great for keeping dishes cool in the fridge or freezer. You could also use it as a serving dish for chilled food on a hot summer's day.
The heavy cast iron lid forms a perfect seal with the pan, so all the vapours, juices and flavours remain in the pan. The lid has a stainless steel knob which is also safe for oven use.
Le Creuset enamelled cast iron pans
Le Creuset shallow casserole dishes are cast in cast iron. A sand mould is made for each individual pan. This mould is filled with cast iron. The cast iron is then finished with a beautiful enamel non-stick coating, and the exterior features one of the characteristic Le Creuset colours. The result is a brilliant, heavy pan. A real style icon, which will last for generations. Because an individual mould is made each time, every pan is unique, so there may be subtle differences between them. This is one of the charming characteristics of these world-famous pans.
Le Creuset recommends using silicone spatulas with this pan, which you can buy at a discounted price as a combo deal when purchasing this pan. You could also use wooden spatulas, but metal spatulas are out of the question.
Maintaining the pan
Clean the pan before use and dry it properly. Always choose a heat source that is the appropriate size for the base diameter of the pan. When using a gas hob, make sure that the flames cannot spread up the sides of the pan. The flames should only hit the base. Also, don't immediately put the hot pan under a cold tap, as this could damage it. Make sure it has enough time to cool down first. This pan is dishwasher-safe. However, please note that with frequent use, this could affect the enamel finish.
History of Le Creuset pans
The foundations for Le Creuset's success were laid way back in 1924 at the Brussels Stock Exchange. Armand Desaegher (specialist in cast iron) and Octave Aubecq (specialist in enamel) joined forces and decided to establish a company. This turned out to be a winning combination. Ever since 1925, they have been conquering the world with their enamel Le Creuset pans.
Le Creuset has continued to innovate throughout the years. Time and time again, they returned to the drawing board to develop new designs, models and colours. This urge to innovate is the reason that today, over 90 years later, these iconic pans are still the best in the world. Unparalleled production quality and trendsetting designs and colours have turned Le Creuset into an icon.