Stainless Steel Knob
Our hollow-core stainless steel handles stay cooler for longer and are oven safe for up to 500°F. Don't forget to use an oven mitt to remove the lid.
Interior Drip Bumps
The evenly distributed drip bumps on the interior of the lid help return moisture to the food you're cooking, continually basting the food throughout the cooking process.
Whether putting your Dutch Oven in the oven for cooking or on the table for serving, the big support handles make it easy to move around the kitchen.
The dome lid allows for more room when cooking which is great for making bread. In comparison to flat lids, the dome lid retains moisture by not lifting to allow steam to escape.
I love cooking with cast iron because of the superior heat retention and distribution (once properly heated), and not having to worry about scratching non-stick surfaces. Cast iron also just has classic, professional quality to it that I do not find in stainless or glass cookware. It also just looks good in the kitchen. I know this skillet says it does not need seasoning, but I think it does. The cooking surface is not enameled. Heat the pan with some oil and let the oil cook on medium heat below the smoke point of the oil until the oil basically gone. Let it cool and then wipe clean. Never use dish soap on a seasoned pan, just wash with water while to hot. The only thing that use non-stick for is eggs, I don't even try cooking eggs in cast iron -even if well seasoned. The weight and design of this skillet is good and the outside enameled coating is good as well with no visible defects. Packaging is basic but adequate. Overall, this is good cookware that should hold up to years of use.
This is a lovely cast iron skillet that looks identical to the Le Creuset skillet. I absolutely love the "cabernet" color, which is a gorgeous red that the description photos do not do justice to. It does NOT need to be seasoned (it has a non-stick coating), and was ready to cook with immediately, after I washed it, of course. I find cleaning it super easy; I simply put some dish-liquid in, fill it with hot water, let it soak for a bit, then scrub it with a sponge. I have weak wrists, so I appreciate the support handle for moving the hot pan around. This pan does take a while to heat up compared to my other skillets, but is good for slow cooking, or for recipes that require the oven. I wish it came with a lid, but I have the Dutch Oven from this collection, and the lid from it fits this skillet perfectly.
Overall, I really like this easy to use and clean skillet, and would definitely order it again.
I have wanted an enameled cast iron pan for quite a while, and finally chose this one. The price was a little more than I would normally pay, but I needed it, so! I chose the green color, which is very attractive and restful to look at--and goodness knows I need less stress when cooking! I have acquired a standalone induction burner, and cast iron works beautifully on it. This pan heats up quickly and evenly, even on my glass stovetop, and responds to a drop in temperature darned well. The size is very functional. All of the benefits of cast iron with a lovely enamel exterior and nonstick cast iron surface. The handle is nice and big, it has pour spouts on BOTH sides, which I really appreciate, and there is a little support handle on the opposite end to the long handle. I am old and not as strong as I used to be, and I really appreciate that support handle. I am very very happy with it, and cook with it often--everything! It was shipped quickly, packaged appropriately, and arrived safely--there were a couple of little chips on the top edge of the enamel but not enough to complain about. I am very happy with this pan, and would unreservedly recommend it to anyone who is looking for enameled cast iron.