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About Le Creuset

Le Creuset is recognised the world over for market-leading, premium quality ranges of enamelled cast iron cookware, multi-ply stainless steel, toughened non-stick, and stoneware, along with its outstanding range of silicone and wine accessories.

Established in 1925, Le Creuset has been making world-class cookware for almost 100 years, innovation remains at the forefront of Le Creuset’s success. Used by leading chefs and keen cooks around the globe, Le Creuset cookware offers outstanding performance time after time.

Le Creuset is now sold in more than 60 countries around the world including the US, UK, Japan, Australia and Singapore.


Le Creuset Cast Iron Production – Made in France

Le Creuset began producing its first porcelain enamelled cast iron pots in 1925 from its foundry in Fresnoy le Grand, France. It is from this base that Le Creuset continues to produce its world famous cast iron pots.

While Le Creuset has expanded the types of products it offers and has taken advantage of many technological advances since its beginnings in 1925, some things have not changed in the manufacture of Le Creuset’s cast iron cookware.

Le Creuset has continued to use the hand-crafted techniques and the original process of forging and casting in the manufacturing of its cookware. Employing a 12-step finishing process, every piece of cast iron cookware passed through the hands of 15 skilled artisans to make certain a final product of perfection. The attention to its heritage is also characteristic of the design. The Cocotte, or French Oven, was one of the first cast iron items produced by Le Creuset and is still the most popular item sold in a multitude of colours, with Flame (orange) the company’s trademark.

Manufacturing

  • In order to produce the desired shape for a Le Creuset piece, two sand moulds need to be made. One produces the interior shape of the item and the second, the exterior shape. The moulds are secured together leaving a small gap between them. The raw materials, including pig iron, are melted at an extremely high temperature in a large cauldron (called a "creuset" in French) and then poured into the moulds. Once the shape is cast, and the iron cooled, it is removed from the mould ready for the finishing process to begin. After use each mould is broken (the sand is then recycled) meaning that no two pieces of Le Creuset are ever "exactly" the same.

Sand moulds and casting

    • In order to produce the desired shape for a Le Creuset piece, two sand moulds need to be made. One produces the interior shape of the item and the second, the exterior shape. The moulds are secured together leaving a small gap between them. The raw materials, including pig iron, are melted at an extremely high temperature in a large cauldron (called a "creuset" in French) and then poured into the moulds. Once the shape is cast, and the iron cooled, it is removed from the mould ready for the finishing process to begin. After use each mould is broken (the sand is then recycled) meaning that no two pieces of Le Creuset are ever "exactly" the same.

Finishing

    • Once removed from its mould, each piece has then to pass through a 12-step finishing process under the hands of skilled craftsmen for cleaning and smoothing, rough edges and burrs are removed in a hand-process called "fettling". Then each piece is blasted by tiny metal pellets to prepare a uniform surface for enamelling.

Enamelling

    • Each piece of Le Creuset receives three coats of enamel. The first is a ground coat which is clear and uncoloured, and helps to prevent rusting. The second coat is the coloured glass enamel which ensures longevity of the product. The final coat is the graded colour exterior which gives Le Creuset its signature look. After the enamel is applied, it is air dried before being fired again at 840°C to produce a highly durable, hygienic and vibrant finish.

Cooking with Le Creuset cast iron cookware

  • Works on all heat source including induction, electric and gas stove tops, under the grill or in the oven.
  • Use less gas or electricity, requires low to medium heat only when cooking, retains heat well for residual heat cooking and helps keep food warm for long periods.
  • Even cooking results, equal thickness on all sides ensure even cooking results, and prevents food from overcooking.
  • Enhanced flavours with less seasoning, fitted dome-shaped lid locks in moisture and foods’ natural flavours and nutrients for healthy flavoursome meals.
  • For all types of cooking, available in various designs and sizes for all cooking needs – braise, stew, casserole, fry, deep-fry, bake and grill. Move from the stove top, into the oven and onto the table with a single pot.
  • Easy-clean and hygienic surface with three layers of enamel coating prevents food from sticking, cleans easily with a soft sponge and eliminates the transfer of food smells.