Le Creuset

Le Creuset

Le Creuset is a one of the leading cookware brands in the world. It is renowned for its colorfully-enameled premium cookware, bakeware and kitchenware all of which are often associated with the flair and cuisine of France. Please make sure you check out our fantastic range of Le Creuset items, we stock everything from sauce pans to tagines all of which come with a life time guarantee.

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Le Creuset History

The Le Creuset story began when Armand Desaegher, a casting specialist, and Octave Aubecq an enamelling expert met at the Brussels Fair and formed a plan to open a foundry to produce enamelled cookware. Just one year after that first meeting, Le Creuset was born and the new foundry established in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France. This was the perfect location as it was at the crossroads of transportation routes for the raw materials that the duo needed.

During World War II the Factory was occupied by German forces but the post war era saw renewed growth as Le Creuset's cast iron cookware featured new and exciting pieces and the originality of brightly coloured enamels. Over the succeeding years the company reflected new tastes and trends in their designs by introducing fondue sets and barbecues and creating collections in new colours.

Le Creuset has modernised its production methods but still produced its signature cast iron pots from the original foundry and continues to use the traditional and original way of forging and casting for the now world renowned cookware. The Cocotte (French Oven) was one of the first items produced by the company and is still the most popular style in the range. It is sold in variety of bright retro colours including the Volcanic Orange that is the signature look of the brand.

The Le Creuset Range

Today the range includes non-stick and stainless steel pans, bakeware, stoneware, kitchen accessories, tea and coffee sets, complementary textiles and, of course, enamelled cast iron casseroles. We feature all of these wonderful things and more here at Sands. Indeed the Le Creuset range now offers everything you need to cook and serve in style at home.

Le Creuset is the perfect choice for gifts too as everyone knows and loves this practical and striking cookware and the name has become synonymous with quality. There is no better gift for the keen cook and with so many wonderful colours now available there is something to suit all tastes and every kitchen. If you thought that Le Creuset was all about that Volcanic Orange then think again! Why not go for the bright tones of Caribbean Teal and Cassis or uplifting Cerise or perhaps Coastal Blue?

Le Creuset is a company which has never stood still and yet which remains true to its original core products and values. That perfect combination of heritage and innovation is what makes Le Creuset so instantly recognisable and sought after across the world.

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    • Le Creuset Cast Iron Manufacturing - Cast iron has been used as a material for cooking pots since Roman times. Even with the wide choice of modern cooking materials, cast iron, still forged and crafted by hand, reigns supreme with its versatility, good looks and ability to retain and spread heat evenly. Le Creuset has manufactured by hand cast iron cookware in its foundry in France since 1925.

      Sand moulds and casting - In order to produce the desired shape for a Le Creuset product, 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 several finishing processes 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 two coats of enamel. The first is a ground coat which, once fired at 840°C, is clear and uncoloured. This allows for better adhesion of the second coat, the coloured enamel, to the cast iron. This special colour coat is applied internally and externally. After the enamel is applied it is air dried before being vitrified to produce a highly durable, hygienic and shock resistant finish.