My Switch from Nonstick Pans to Le Creuset

If you google nonstick pans you will see that there is a lot of controversy on whether they are good for you. I had my nonstick pans since I graduated college, about ten years, and I really wanted to get some new pots and pans. Recently, I heard that nonstick wasn’t good for you and upon further inspection of my nonstick pots and pans I realized some of them were scratched! I knew I needed to change my cookware immediately.

I started to search cookware brands and see which ones had the highest ratings but I couldn’t find anything that I really liked. One weekend, Alaina and I went to our Outlet mall and we came across a Le Creuset store. We went in, not really expecting to buy anything, but I was shocked to see the amount of items they offered. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. I really liked the assortment of enameled dutch ovens and pots and pans that were enameled or made of stainless steel. I had so many questions and had no idea what would be a good fit for me, but the store manager, Jennifer, was extremely friendly and answered my many questions. I told the manager I would be back because I couldn’t remember which pans I had ie 2 qt, etc.

I spoke to family and friends and they all said Le Creuset was an amazing brand and that they had their dutch ovens for years. I also noticed in the many cooking shows that I watch that ALL Chefs had a Le Creuset pot or pan in the background. It actually became a game for me and Alaina, find the Le Creuset piece in the background. I reviewed my pots and took note of the sizes and with my list went back to Le Creuset to buy my new cookware. 

Alaina and I went back to the store on a weekend and we were happy to see Jennifer was working. I showed Jennifer my list of sizes that I needed and she walked me through the whole process. Ultimately, I ended up with a 3.5 qt braiser, a 10 qt stockpot, stainless steel 2qt and 3 qt pots, and a grill pan. I have no regrets. I love every item that I have bought. The only improvement I can think of is, instead of a 3.5 qt braiser, I should have gone with a 5 qt braiser because I do a lot of meal prep. Now, when I selected my pieces I decided to go with different colors, I wanted an assortment because I didn’t want to commit to one specific color. I like the vibrant colors and by having different colors I could always add to my Le Creuset collection and not limit myself. 

Overall, I have really enjoyed my new cookware. I am happy with the way they perform and I look forward to using them for a lifetime. If you are looking to upgrade your cookware may I suggest Le Creuset, you won’t be disappointed. 

Do you cook with Le Creuset? If so what is your favorite item? Or do you love them all?

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