Like many cooks, I’ve long banished Teflon and non-stick coated cookware from my home due to the associated health risks. The risks just outweighed the benefits for me, especially when safer alternatives existed. The problem was many of those alternatives did not produce the same results or required extra care.
As much as I love my stainless steel cookware it does stick; that’s just the nature of stainless steel. Carbon steel and cast iron are other alternatives but they require proper seasoning before they can be used, and can’t be washed with soap, soaked overnight, or left to air dry.
So I was very happy to be given the chance to review Le Creuset’s Enameled Cast Iron Skillet. The beauty of enameled cast iron is that it gives you all the benefits of cast iron with none of the fussiness.
Made in France, Le Creuset enameled cast-iron cookware has been a favorite in kitchens around the world for decades. Virtually indestructible, I found that its enameled cast iron skillet performs well under various heat sources including on the stove top, in the oven and under the broiler.
It needs to be heated slowly, but retains heat well and cooks food quickly and evenly. The uniform heating yields great results without the use of excess butter or oil.
It’s a heavy duty pan with a sturdy iron handle, but you need to take care to wear an oven mitt when handling because it does get hot. A nice detail is the grip opposite the handle which allows you to distribute the weight of the pan between both hands.
The non-reactive black satin interior finish does not require any seasoning and can be cleaned with soap and water. Available in a range of vibrant colors this pan goes easily from stove-top or oven to table.
As you can tell I immediately fell for the Le Creuset Skillet so…
I am very excited that the generous people from Le Creuset have offered to send one lucky Gourmande in the Kitchen reader a Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skillet (ARV $125.00)
This Giveaway is now closed.
The winner is Alison Lewis from Ingredients Inc. Congratulations Alison, I know you’ll love your new skillet!
HOW TO ENTER:
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AND FOR EVEN MORE CHANCES TO WIN Le Creuset this holiday season be sure to head over to:
Bakers Royale for a chance to win a 16 Qt. Stockpot (ARV $125.00)
Tidy Mom for a chance to win a 3-1/2 Qt Braiser (ARV $205)
Dine & Dish for a chance to win a 3.5 Qt. Round French Oven (ARV $220)
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Food for My Family for a chance to win a Cast Iron Crepe Pan (ARV $100)
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Giveaway starts on 12/11/2011 and will run until 12/18/2011 at 11:59 pm PST.