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Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Saucepan Set - 3 Piece
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- Guarantee: lifetime
- Oven safe: Base to 260°C, Lid to 220°C / Gas Mark 7
- Hob Safe: Yes (including induction)
- Dishwasher safe: Yes
- Microwave safe: No; Freezer safe: N/A
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A kitchen essential, the 3 piece Saucepan set contains 16cm Saucepan, 18cm Saucepan and 20cm Saucepan with lids.
Toughened Non-Stick is a sleek range of versatile pans perfect for everyday use. It has a tough, PFOA-free non-stick surface inside and out, and a special hardened body to create a durable and long-lasting pan that can be used on any heat source. The easy release non-stick interior and exterior surfaces are easy to clean, and are tough enough to withstand use of metal utensils.
Professional-style cast handles are attached with stainless steel rivets for a superior, secure fixing, and the addition of a helper handle makes lifting easier.
Heat resistant glass lids retain moisture and flavour, and allow you to check the food you are cooking without disturbing the cooking process or temperature by lifting the lid.
From the manufacturer
Toughened non-stick saucepan set.
Le Creuset's Non-Stick Surface
One of the most technologically advanced Non-Stick systems
Made from hard anodised, heavy-gauge aluminium, with a 3-coat, PFOA free, internally reinforced Non-Stick finish.
Inside and out
The toughened Non-Stick range is coated all over with the same high specification finish, making it twice as hard as stainless steel.
Even heat distribuiton
With an enclosed stainless steel base, heat is absorbed and distributed evenly, allowing the pans to be more responsive and easier to control temperature.
- Suitable for use on all hob types.
- Including Induction
- Oven safe to 260 degrees.
- Dishwasher safe
Metal utensil safe and PFOA non-stick coating
Ensuring your pan is easy to use and clean, reducing the need for oil when cooking with leaner ingredients.
Oven and dishwasher safe
Versatile and easy to care for.
Generous sized stainless steel handles and rivets
Hollow handles stay cooler during hob top cooking whilst providing a professional look and feel.
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We also have a Le Creuset Cast Iron frying pan which is fantastic and despite the problems with these toughened pans, we still have great confidence in the brand.
Now for the limitations of the toughened pans - after only 3 months use, the edges of all 3 pans have had the underneath metal exposed to varying degrees. This is unacceptable for such new pans and must have been caused from dishwasher use and placing the pans in the cupboards (although we were careful when placing the pans together). We even used a Le Creuset silicone spoon when cooking!
Previously, we had some toughened Anolon pans which failed in a big way with the toughened coating flaking off all parts of the pans. The key difference is customer service. Anolon are terrible whilst Le Creuset are good.
Lesson learnt - do not buy non stick toughened anodized type pans from any brand.
We are now purchasing the Le Creuset 3-ply Stainless Steel pans as these have no coating to wear out, have good reviews and Stainless Steel is pretty durable. These have a inner aluminium core for heat conduction (as steel is a poor heat conductor). The enamelled iron pans were also considered but whilst they look devine, they could possibly chip over time.
excellent quality - delighted with purchase. Spent months and months researching different pans on line and in the big dept stores (John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Fenwick etc) before settling on these.
The alternative (much cheaper) pans I would have bought are the Meyer Select - my sister has these (the stainless, not the non stick) and they are superb. If cost was a real consideration (luckily it wasnt for me, as I had lots of vouchers to use) then I would have bought the Meyer Select stainless steel - my Sisters had these for years and she swears by them (she is a pretty discriminating cook (and the stainless hardy sticks either as it is good quality) they are well balanced to use, have comfy handles, and drain holes/vents in the lids with a pouring lip on the pans. And they are nice and light). However with my Amazon vouchers I could afford to splash out, so I decided to go for the Le Crueset, after much deliberation and research.
1) The pans are heavier than the Meyer, though I find them fine (Im 5'8" thus quite well built) so consider this if weight is an issue for you (eg if you have weak arms or wrist/joint problems);
2) pan handles - though metal they stay cool to pick up (they get hotter towards 'v' cutout where the handle attaches to the pan) but I have had no problems picking these up. Handles are nice and comfortable in size (some pan brands have very skinny handles - I dont have tiny hands, so I found the the skinny type uncomfortable and unbalanced. Everyone needs to find out what suits them really, and try them out in your local store before ordering to make sure they feel ok)
3) pan lids - wasnt sure about the design of these, as the alternative pans I considered (Meyer Select as above) have deep sides to the lid with perforations for letting steam out and draining the pans. The Le crueset do not: and I wondered whether the lids would rattle about and splatter hot water on the hob when simmering, as there is no steam vent. But I can report that they dont. The steam escapes ever so gently around the rim and the lids work a treat. They only splatter and rattle if you accidentally leave them on a full hard boil, and you forget to turn them down! The meyers probably have the edge when it comes to ease of draining, but the le crueset are real easy to use as the lid rim is so fine they are easy to drain the 'conventional' way ie tipping the pan lid slightly to pour the water out (I generally cant be bothered to use a sieve).
4) non stick: - this is truly superb. Using metal utensils is totally fine as they claim. The non stick is right through the whole pan so it wont/cant flake off.
5) pan supports - (ie the small square support handle that is opposite the pan handle)- note they add a fair bit extra to the footprint of the pan, for storage. Also be careful when positioning on the hob so the supports dont catch each other when lifting the pans off and tipping one accidentally. You wont do this if you are aware (which you are now!)
Overall Im very pleased indeed with these, and would very highly recommend the pans. Apart from the fact that I cant help feeling a tad annoyed with myself for getting excited about a set of goddam pans (I used to have a life, what happened! middle age crept up I guess).
Re cost, the cheapest website for the pans I found was 'Harts of Stur' or something like that) but I had Amazon vouchers so thats why I bought them here
(If I didnt buy the Le Creuset, then the Meyers were definitely my second choice and they are so much cheaper - especially if you find them on offer).
I also bought the le creuset milk pan (brill) and the 30" frying pan and glass lid - will review these separately.
Hope this helps. If any issues arise I'll update this review a few months on.
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