Non Stick Cookware is Dangerous | Le Creuset Casserole Review

Non Stick Cookware is Dangerous | Le Creuset Casserole Review

non stick cookware is dangerous

Non Stick Cookware Is Dangerous

Are you considering replacing your chemical laden non-stick cookware with a healthier alternative?

 

One of those replacement options could be from the Le Creuset range of premium cookware. But if you’re like me you may be hesitant to splurge on cookware from this brand. Compared to the many standard non-stick options available, Le Creuset is definitely more expensive.

I admit I had thought about owning cookware from this range for quite some time. The style, quality and reputation of the brand appealed to me, but I just kept hesitating due to the price.

However, needing to replace some cookware finally past it’s use by date, and becoming increasingly concerned about the chemicals in non-stick cookware, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Le Creuset Buffet Casserole.

non stick cookware is dangerous

Le Creuset Buffet Casserole : Do you really need it? This will help you decide………

So….. What Is The Le Creuset Buffet Casserole 3.5 Quart Braiser?

It’s a premium quality cast iron braising and casserole dish with a glass lid. Made by Le Creuset every piece of their cookware is hand finished using the same methods employed since 1925. The brand is best known for its range of colorful enameled cast iron french ovens and casseroles.

The original color Le Creuset made was the vibrant flame color. This first orange color was based on the intense hot flame color of molten cast iron inside the crucible, or creuset in French.

Nowadays, they manufacture their cookware range in a choice of several colors, from powder pinks and blues to neutral oyster colors. Certainly a wide enough color selection to suit both contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. You’re sure to find a color you like.

You can choose from 10 great colors:

Flame | Hibiscus | Marine | Marseille | Oyster | Palm | Soleil | White | Caribbean | Cherry

Le Creuset started with standard cast iron cookware, made their own refinements and turned it into more functional and attractive cookware. Their foundry in France uses a twelve step finishing process in the manufacture of their sand cast products and each item is hand finishedto a high quality standard.

As well as the colorful enamel exterior, a natural enamel color is used on the interior of each piece of cookware. Once applied the cookware is air dried then vitrified which produces the highly durable finish inside and out.

non stick cookware is dangerous

Who Is The Le Creuset Buffet Casserole 3.5 Quart Braiser For?

Being the first piece of Le Creuset cookware I bought, I wanted a piece that is versatile and could be multipurpose, used for simmering casseroles, braising and frying, so I chose this buffet casserole and it was definitely the right choice.

The tight-fitting glass lid, makes the casserole lighter weight and slightly cheaper than the model with the cast iron lid. You can keep an eye on the food while it cooks without needing to remove the lid too, which ensures the cooking process remains undisturbed.

The wide and shallow design of the casserole holds a lot of food, it’s big enough for a family casserole, and I also use it as a fry pan to cook eggs, sausages etc., and it works great as a saute pan. The handles make it easy to move even when using oven gloves, it’s cast iron, so the handles get hot.
With classical good looks and its colorful exterior you can also use this cookware to serve straight from the table. I love cooking at home and find myself using this casserole on a daily basis. It’s a pleasure to cook with and easily cleaned up.

non stick cookware is dangerous

Both the casserole and lid can be used on the stove top, in the oven, and cleaned in the dishwasher. The glass lid is useful when used in the oven as you can check what’s going on without having to remove the casserole from the oven.

If you’re trying to reduce your chemical load by removing toxins in your home, cast iron and enamel are thought to be amongst the safest options for healthy cooking. Nowadays many people are concerned about the chemicals released by non-stick cookware. Read here for more information on this.

Pros And Cons Of The Le Creuset Buffet Casserole 3.5 Quart Braiser

Pro’s

  • Heirloom quality cookware from a reputable company.
  • Cooks food evenly using medium heat.
  • Non toxic cast iron and enamel cookware.
  • Multipurpose – Can be used for casseroles, frying and sauteing.
  • Versatile size.
  • Glass lid allows undisturbed cooking and reduces the overall weight.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Great color range.
  • Classic styling.
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.

Con’s

  • No getting around the fact that it’s an expensive initial outlay, but you’ll be using it for years, perhaps even passing in on to your kids.
  • Cast iron is heavy, however the glass lid included in this casserole makes the overall weight lighter.

Final thoughts on the Le Creuset Buffet Casserole 3.5 Quart Braiser.

Having finally made the decision to splurge on this multipurpose piece of cookware, I am so happy that I did. The only regret I have is that I left it so long to make this purchase and will definitely add further pieces of the range to my cookware.

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18 Comments

  • Andrew G August 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Hi there, I understand this is a great review of the frying pan with its many uses of course including the glass lid. However if putting it in the oven most ovens apparently don’t have a way to view in there so I suppose maybe you meant that in the case of having a glass door oven with the door close you could still view the casserole inside the pan.

    • Ann August 18, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Hi there Andrew, thanks for your comment. Every oven I’ve ever had has a glass door. However even if yours doesn’t you can still open the door and check the contents through the glass lid without removing it. You might need to pull out the oven shelf a little. In any case, there’s no need to take the dish out of the oven and lift the lid disturbing the cooking. 

  • Gwendolyn J May 5, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Ann,

    One of my earliest memories is of my Grandmother using her cast iron skillet to fry chicken. I love cast iron, and I have a collection of 3 skillets that I use so much they almost never leave my stove.
    I have never heard of this product before, but I am intrigued.

    I am very concerned about the chemicals in non-stick cookware, so I have been shopping around for alternatives. The cost of this line is outside what I would normally spend on cookware, but after reading your post, I think I may have to splurge as well. For something as versatile and durable as cast iron -in color!- I think my Cheap Bone can bear it.

    Thanks for the info!

    • Ann May 6, 2019 at 10:16 am

      Hi and thanks for stopping by. I agree cast iron is terrific for cooking all types of foods including chicken. It’s great to put a good sear on meat of all types. Standard cast iron pans are not what you could ever describe as ‘good looking’. However, this type of enameled cast iron pan with a colour coating on the outside makes me smile when I’m using it….. dumb I know, but there you go.

  • Gwendolyn J May 5, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Ann,

    One of my earliest memories is of my Grandmother using her cast iron skillet to fry chicken. I love cast iron, and I have a collection of 3 skillets that I use so much they almost never leave my stove.
    I have never heard of this product before, but I am intrigued.

    I am very concerned about the chemicals in non-stick cookware, so I have been shopping around for alternatives. The cost of this line is outside what I would normally spend on cookware, but after reading your post, I think I may have to splurge as well. For something as versatile and durable as cast iron -in color!- I think my Cheap Bone can bear it.

    Thanks for the info!

    • Ann May 5, 2019 at 5:01 am

      Yes the price is high, but so worth it in my opinion. I just love cooking with my Le Creuset. I’m planning to slowly add to my collection as I need to. 

  • Mike May 5, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Like you I’ve been looking at Le Creuset for some time but have been a bit put off by the price.  Great products but still just a pan right? I wasn’t aware about the chemical implications of other non-stick options and would appreciate further information about that if you have some.  Having just destroyed my go to pan with a particularly vicious curry (but a nice tasty one) I need to get a replacement and this certainly looks like a  reasonable deal.

    • Ann May 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

      Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by. I have not regretted biting the bullet and making the purchase for one second. My Le Creuset is now a couple of years old and after regular use still looks as good as new. 

  • Dave Sweney May 5, 2019 at 4:04 am

    I had heard that non-stick cookware is dangerous to your health and I have even seen examples of pans and pots where the coating was obviously coming off into the cooked foods prepared in these type of pans. I have seen a variety of coating materials used, and none seem safe to me.

    Years ago I made the move to cast iron, glass, and enamel glaze cookware, and I am not sorry at all. As with the brand that you are highlighting in this article, the quality matters long term. The Le Creuset Buffet Casserole 3.5 Quart Braiser is an excellent choice for quality, longevity, and ensuring the cooking utensil you use is not affecting the food in taste or nutritionally.

    There is a lot of substandard products out there with non-stick coatings that flake off, loosen and are incorporated into the foods you cook, and the materials that you ingest from this can be extremely harmful over time. The option you are highlighting is worth the extra cost for peace of mind.

     

    • Ann May 5, 2019 at 4:53 am

      Hi and thanks for your comment. I’m glad you agree that the initial outlay is worth the price. I’ve had mine for a couple of years now and it look as good as the day I bought it. I expect to have many more years of good cooking from it. 

  • Josh May 5, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Our non-stick cookware is running out of life and I’ve been looking for a healthier option. I’ve thought about the Le Creuset in the past before our most recent purchase… but the price is what has kept me from purchasing.

    Other alternatives that I’ve tried have had food stick really bad, and it’s been a hassle to clean. I see you said that the Le Creuset is actually easy to clean… so while they don’t use for example non-stick spray there must be something that makes it so it’s not so hard to clean?

    Thanks for the review and I’ll plan to add this to my must buy!

    • Ann May 5, 2019 at 4:51 am

      Thanks for stopping by. The enamel finish of the interior is easy to clean. Once I finish cooking I simply put some water in my le creuset then once I’m ready to clean it I find any leftover food scraps clean right off. 

  • George May 5, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Hello Ann. Here in our house we have some non stick cookware. I heard about the their dangers, most about led. Now that i came across your review my suspicions might be correct.

    I took a peak on the linked article on how to reduce toxins too. It is almost a month that i switched to all things healthy and as get more budget the healthy factor will be my main concern.

    Good job and good luck.

    • Ann May 5, 2019 at 5:24 am

      Hi George thanks for visiting my site and leaving a comment. That’s the way to do it, as your budget allows just switch out some of your cookware items for healthier options. 

  • Glenn Hodges May 6, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Hello Ann,

    Thank you so much for recommending this 3.5 quart braiser. I agree that it is the perfect size to start a collection with.  After reading you review and many of the comments on Amazon, I am sold.  We have just started moving toward cast iron, based on a recommendation from my brother-in-law, who is an excellent cook.

    I’m still trying to decide which color to buy, I think maybe they actually give you too many choices.  It make choosing that much more difficult.  Anyway, I really like the smaller handles, seems to me it will make for much easier storage and as shown in you photo, you can serve straight from the pan.

    Fantastic article,

    Glenn 

    • Ann May 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Glenn I appreciate you visiting my site and leaving a comment. It sounds like you are already a cast iron fan. I love the option of colour enameled cast iron gives you, somehow it just makes the pans look better. 

  • Barbara May 6, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I will start by saying thank you for informing me about the danger of non-sticky pots…I have never thought and neither had a clue that non-sticky pots could be dangerous. Love your review on the  Creuset, fair enough it is not the cheapston the market but I am of the idea if you want something of value and especially in the kitchen and that will last you, then you have to spend. I bought in the past cheap pans only to regret way too soon because they never last.

    • Ann May 6, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Barbara thanks for visiting my site. Glad you found this article useful and I agree it’s often just a waste of money to buy cheaper products. I love my Le Creuset, been using my powder blue version for a couple of years now and it still looks good as new. 

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