You’ll just adore Le Creuset ceramic cookware, heres why.

Is Le Creuset ceramic cookware good. (in the picture is a white ceramic bowl filled with fruit).

Le Creuset ceramic cookware needs no introduction. It is widely regarded as one of the worlds best kitchenware brands.

I love our French cookware it’s such a pleasure to use. Right up there has to be Le Creuset ceramic cookware. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular cookware brands in the world. In fact, Le Creuset has been producing cookware for nearly 100 years. They have a reputation for manufacturing high-end quality cookware designed to last for years and years. 

Since 1925, Le Creuset has been manufacturing cast iron cookware in their Fresnoy-le-Grand factory in France and still do to this day. But first here’s a little background information before we get started.


Founded
Le Creuset was founded in Fresnoy-le-Grand, Aisne France.
(Aisne Wiki)

Founders
Armand Desaegher and Octave Aubecq 

Product line
Le Creuset manufactures a full line of kitchenware and
tableware

Cast-iron
cookware
Made in France

Ceramic
tableware and
hollowware
Made in various countries

Signature products
Le Creuset is well-known for their Dutch Ovens and beautiful
colors across their entire range

Le creuset ceramic cookware and tableware

Le Creuset ceramic cookware and tableware on display.

Over the years, Le Creuset has continued to expand the variety and range of products. These include; toughened non-stick pans, silicone kitchenware utensils, and a variety of wine accessories and of course ceramic cookware.

The French cookware company also makes lovely ceramic cookware and tableware. These ceramics made with the same care and standard as their original cast iron products. Add to the fact Le Creuset has so many lovely colors to choose from. And it’s the Le Creuset ceramic range is the focus of this article.

Here’s the Le Creuset ceramic
Product Range
Currently Le Creuset manufactures their
ceramic products outside of France

Pie dishes
available in different edges and sizes

Pitchers
generous 1.6-quart capacity looks great on any
table

Gratin dishes and baking dishes
huge select of colors and sizes available.

Cups and mugs
you can enjoy using Le Creuset anytime with
their ceramic range

Tableware (plates, serving bowls)
boy, their plates look good. Yes, I have a few of
these myself

Ceramic teapots
Le Creuset make teapots to match their other
tableware products
Le Creuset ceramic products (informative graphic)
Here’s some examples of the Le Creuset ceramic range.

Le Creuset ceramic cookware and tableware

Ceramic cookware has risen in popularity over the past few years. One of the main reasons is that ceramic cookware can come in so many exciting colors and sizes that suit every kitchen task. We are moving beyond the standard white ceramic dinner plates and baking dishes. While white ceramics have a clean look more and more people are opting for more warm, fun colors.

Nonporous and easy to clean

The ceramic coating on earthenware makes the cookware become non-porous. It also makes the surface more non-stick, while nowhere as non-stick as Teflon, it is more non-stick and easier to clean than stainless steel. For more benefits of ceramic kitchenware. Also, many cooks prefer not to line their cookware with foil so an easy to clean ceramic surface is hugely beneficial.

Pure and coated ceramic cookware?

There are two types of ceramic cookware; pure and ceramic coated. Pure ceramic is what naturally comes to mind what we think of ceramic cookware. Clay earthenware with an enamel glaze. While coated ceramic cookware is relatively new. A thin layer of ceramic coating applied to a metal base.

Le Creuset ceramic cookware. (Picture of two red mini ceramic cocottes).

Differences between ceramic coated cookware and pure ceramic cookware;

Pure ceramic cookware

We believe simple is best when it comes to ceramic cookware. Le Creuset has pure ceramic cookware, the main materials used are clay and quartz sand.  When the correct percentages of sand to clay had been added (which I’m sure would be a tightly held secret) molds are used for the desired shape and size.

After this, the process of vitrification occurs at approximately 1915 degrees Fahrenheit. To get the glossy look and to attain a waterproof surface, the cookware is subjected to a glazing process that makes the surface glossy and decorative.  Pure ceramic cookware can also be referred to as classic ceramic cookware.

Le Creuset ceramics on display (In the picture are two pudding dishes with a dutch oven and three salt and pepper shakers in the background).

Ceramic coated cookware

Ceramic coated cookware is constructed from different kinds of metal such as aluminum, which is then coated with a film of polymer substances that have the same appearance as ceramics. The external coating contains several components including various color pigments, non-stick elements, binders, and strengthening agents. 

Unlike pure ceramic, since the external coating is manmade, it disintegrates and fades away over time, which causes the exposure of the metal base. Depending on how often ceramic coated cookware is used, and cleaned. It can serve you for as long as 5 years as long as care is maintained.

Le Creuset Ceramic cookware (In the Picture is two ceramic dishes one orange the other rose pink).

Ceramic coated cookware is also called modern ceramic cookware or ceramic non-stick cookware. You can tell the difference between ceramic coated pans and enameled pans by the glossy finish or lack of. Pans labeled ceramic cookware are light quite often poorly made and have a dull finish. I’d stay away from them.

Advantages of Le Creuset ceramic cookware

Le Creuset ceramic baking dish (fun graphic)
It’s a bit of fun. Yes, Le Creuset has big handles for better grip to take out of the oven.

Ergonomics

Le Creuset cookware is ergonomically designed, the cooking surfaces and the handles of the cookware are all part of the same piece. The chances of the handles breaking off while taking the dish from the oven are slim.

Microwave friendly

Le Creuset cookware is made from 100% ceramics. So can be used easily in a microwave. On the other hand, many other brands of ceramic coated cookware have a metal core and base that make it unsuitable for microwave use.

Good heat retention

Le Creuset cookware has a high heat retention capacity because the walls of ceramic cookware hold heat for long periods even after being taken out of the oven. Some alternatives of ceramic cookware typically do not retain heat after the heat source is turned off because of the thin metal used in the cookware.

Is easy to use in the oven

Le Creuset cookware can be used easily for baking in the oven. The cookware can handle temperatures that are as high as 2000 ° F. Therefore, they can withstand oven use unlike other lower quality and less expensive brands. Such brands of coated ceramic can only be used in low-temperature ovens.

Dishwasher safe

Le Creuset ceramic cookware has a vitreous surface that is impenetrable to liquids, which makes it safe for use in a dishwasher. With other brands of ceramic coated cookware, you generally have to stick to hand washing to prevent wearing out the nonstick surface.

Benefits of Le Creuset ceramics (infographic)
Here’s a few benefits of Le Creuset ceramics.

Money saving tips before purchasing Le Creuset cookware

Take note of your cooking techniques and styles

To determine which Le Creuset cookware piece to invest in, think about what food items you cook most frequently. This will help to influence your choice of cooking materials. For instance, if you roast or bake then Le Creuset ceramic cookware is perfect for you. However, if you rarely use the oven when cooking then an expensive roasting dish may not be the best option. Instead you may want some of Le Creuset ceramic bowls, which look fantastic by the way.

Match your ceramic cookware to the cooktop that you use

Before making any purchase, make sure to consider how your new Le Creuset cookware will handle on your cooktop. Please remember most pure ceramic cookware including Le Creuset is unsuitable for use on direct heat. Emile Henry offers pure ceramics in their flame top lineup that can be used on the stove top.

Flat bottomed ceramic pans, which are increasingly popular, may be more appropriate to use for a smooth top range because they are so light. However, if you have an induction cooktop, you must purchase cookware that has magnetic properties that can allow the cookware to work on the induction then the Le Creuset cast iron range would be ideal.

Decide how many pieces you want

If you do not own a cookware set, you might need to purchase one depending on the number of people you typically cook for. You may need an assortment of different sizes of bakeware, stockpots, skillets, French ovens.  Buying a set that contains a piece that you do not need may not be the best choice. It also limits you on the colour choice.

Consider shopping at a physical location

Since this cookware that will last for generations, it may help to handle the cookware at a physical retailer. This will allow you to feel and see how the piece feels in your hand. Alternatively, because the manufacturing standards of Le Creuset cookware are high, you can always rely on online purchases. All Le Creuset cookware products are of high quality, which means that you will rarely encounter any damage or chips upon purchase. “Here” you can find out why Le Creuset commands a higher price. We really do think it’s with it.

Does your city or town have an outlet shopping mall?

I admit it. I often go shopping in the outlet malls for Staub and Le Creuset cookware. After all I do enjoy cookware. And I wouldn’t be able to afford all the pieces I have if I bought them at full retail price. However, you have to keep in mind the travel cost to going to an outlet mall. And another factor to consider is the warranty. Le Creuset B grade products may not include their famous warranty.

Why is Le Creuset so expensive? Le Creuset store.
A Le Creuset outlet store in my local area. It looks fantastic, however, you need to keep in mind the standard warranty does not cover B grade products.

Popular Le Creuset products

Here is a small section of some of the most popular products in the Le Cresuet ceramic range. However, Ive also added a comparison table. After all Le Cresuet is expensive and there are other choices available in the same price range and cheaper alternatives.

Comparing three ceramic bowls

Comparing Le Creuset bowls with others brands
I love each bowl but the glazing on the Le Creuset bowl is on a different level.

Medium Le Creuset
Stoneware Multi Bowl

Emile Henry Cereal
bowl
Sweese Porcelain
Fluted Bowl

6.5 x 6.5 x 4-inches
6 x 6 x 3.1-inches6.9 x 6.6 x 3.9-inches

2 pounds
.9 pounds1.1 pounds

Fun colors available
Color selection is limitedFun colors available

Manufactured outside of
France
Made in France Made in China

Disappointing it’s not made in
France. But it’s a quality bowl with
fun colors.
I wish Emile Henry had
more colors available.
Fun colors and the
bowls are reasonably
priced.
Available through Amazon, you can
choose your favorite color

(affiliate link).
Set of six available on
Amazon at a very
reasonable price

(affiliate link).

Comparing the Le Creuset pie dish with two other great options

Comparing three pie dishes
Which pie dish is right for you? For me I like the design of Emile Henry.

Le Creuset Stoneware
9-inch Pie Dish

Emile Henry Classics
9-inch Pie Dish
Pyrex Easy Grab Glass
9.5-inch Pie Plate

10.1 x 10.1 x 1.5-inches
10.2 x 10.2 x 2.6-inches11.2 x 2.1 x 11.2 including
wide lip

3.25 pounds
2.54 pounds2.2 pounds

Ceramic dish
Ceramic dishGlass dish

Many color choices
available
wide selection of colors
available
No color options

Manufactured outside of
France
Made in FranceMade in U.S.A

Many fun color options to
add excitement to the table.
Classic looking pie dish
with nice fluting
(Recommended).
A trusted brand with a very
reasonably priced pie dish.

Available on Amazon if
you want to see current
prices
(affiliate link).
I’d go for this one. It’s a
beautiful pie dish.
See prices on Amazon

(affiliate link).
Great choice and easy on
the pocket. Pick up this dish
on Amazon
(affiliate link).

How to take care of your Le Creuset ceramic cookware;

  1. If your cookware is brand new, ensure to remove any tags or shipping stickers. It may sound boring but read the manuals that come with your cookware. Manuals contain tips and information about the various features of the Le Creuset ceramic cookware that you have purchased.
  2. Use the correct utensils when using Le Creuset ceramic cookware. If you can, try to stick to silicone, wood or nylon utensils to avoid scratching the glaze.
  3. To protect your Le Creuset cookware, ensure to use your near empty ceramics such as roasters on low heat at first. This will increase the life span of your dishes and prevent hot spots before the entire dish reaches the required temperature.
  4. As much as possible, try to stack smaller dishes inside larger ones, instead of simply storing one dish on top of another. This will help prevent chipping.

Le Creuset ceramics are pricy but for many proud owners it’s worth it. Why? because they get some much enjoyment from using the cookware and tableware. The colors are really pretty and you don’t need to purchase a whole set. You can start with a colorful coffee mug and see you if enjoy. I think you’ll be impressed.

References

  1. Ceramic Definition and Chemistry (thoughtco.com)
  2. Ceramics Don’t Have To Be Brittle (https://www.caltech.edu)
  3. WARRANTY (https://www.lecreuset.com.au)
  4. Stoneware (https://www.lecreuset.com.au)
  5. Le Creuset History (https://www.lecreuset.co.za)
  6. Consumer use effects on nanoparticle release from commercially available ceramic cookware (https://www.sciencedirect.com)

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