Sunday, August 26, 2012

Le Creuset - Old & New

I have made a few additions to my collection of Le Creuset cookware recently. First I'll share my gorgeous new giant casserole!

I absolutely love this Caribbean / Teal colour and have wanted a HUGE casserole for ages for my bulk cooking of dishes such as cottage pie, meatballs, fish bake etc. This is the 28cm casserole which costs $579 in stores such as David Jones. I got mine from UK Amazon for $175, had it shipped to Ireland for free and my lovely Dad brought it over for me on his last visit. Thanks Dad! You saved me $400 :-)


Now for my cheapest Le Creuset find ever! I got this 20cm pot in a Church rummage sale about a month ago, it was marked $2! Look at the lid...

When the lovely old lady behind the counter saw it she said "hang on, there's a chip in it, I'll give it you for one dollar"! I nearly cracked up, this little crack does not affect the function of this pot at all, I actually already have a couple in this colour (posted about here), one the same size as this with a different style lid, but these pots are so fab for cooking soups and making sauces I could never have too many :-)


At the same rummage sale I picked up this lovely 20cm gratin dish for $3! I have 2 round ones in the same style that I use all the time, love them!


And finally, at another flea market a few weeks ago I bought this Le Creuset skillet for $3. It was in HORRIBLE condition, the whole outside was caked in black baked on crap but I knew a good soak and some elbow grease with wire wool and it would clean up a treat :-)


The inside still needs a bit more work but for $3 I'm not complaining!

9 comments:

Susan said...

I don't know how you do it, you certainly have the knack of finding terrific Le Creuset bargains. I thought of you recently when I saw new Le Creuset items advertised (so expensive). You've done well!
(my deleted comment had spelling errors!)

katiecrackernuts said...

They do clean up beautifully. Both of my skillets were purchased at op shops and one or the other of them are used on almost a daily basis.

Bijou Sugar-Socks said...

ohmy u have magnetic hands i swear hehe all the Le Creuset goodness goes to you :) this is first on my list always but i cant seem to find one here :) lovely collection u got there :)

kurrabikid said...

Alice, you are amazing! I love your style and your knack for finding fabulous things. You inspire me!

Penny said...

Lovely! I have the same skillet and gratin dish bought second hand and I use them all the time. Hope you are doing well. I still read your blog all the time but rarely click through to comment. All the best :-)

SixBalloons said...

Great work on the skillet cleaning! That teal is just amazing.

mel @ loved handmade said...

I would love to see your place! So full of gorgeous treasures. That 20cm pot is fantastic & I love every one of those cakes stands below! x

Allana said...

Totally jealous of your collection, and how great are those prices - lucky you!

Josh Wapp said...

I have bought a few Le Creuset things at thrift stores but all but one has surfaces that things stick to when cooking. In other words someone probably used metal cookware on them, and/or commonly burnt things in them.

I've looked on the web but I can't seem to find any information on refurbishing or helping them to be like the ones that are totally smooth (that were probably properly taken care of.)

Do you know of any tricks to refurbish old Le Creuset pots and pans? When they work well, they are a delight!



Josh from British Columbia, Canada