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Heritage Oval Doufeu

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      Heritage Oval Doufeu

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      Starting At  $400.00

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      Since 1925, Le Creuset cast iron has been recognized for its strength and durability. Cast individually in sand molds, then hand-inspected by French artisans, each piece represents a rich heritage and continues a tradition of lasting, authentic design.

      Heat Retention

      Cast iron distributes heat slowly and evenly over the entire vessel, making it ideal for all forms of cooking, whether slow-cooking, roasting, searing, stir-frying or baking.

      Smooth Interior Enamel

      The glass-like finish in our ovens and braisers promotes caramelization, resists staining and prevents sticking to make cleanup easy.

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      The black interior of our skillets is specially formulated for high-temperature cooking, and does not require seasoning.




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      Heritage Oval DoufeuThis item is available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

      In the 1600s, cast iron Dutch ovens were designed to be placed directly onto a heat source such as burning wood or embers. Cooks would pile coal or embers on top of the vessel in order to surround the food with heat, creating an oven effect.

      Originally introduced in 1934 by Le Creuset, the oval doufeu features a recessed lid designed to hold ice rather than embers. The doufeu can be used just like any round or oval oven, but it has added performance benefits when it comes to slow cooking. As moisture begins to evaporate inside the doufeu, the ice-filled lid causes this moisture to condense. Specially designed dimples on the flat interior of the lid then direct the moisture back down onto the food. This self-basting effect minimizes the need to add additional water and ensures that food remains moist, nutrients are not lost and flavors intensify. Even when the ice in the lid melts, the self-basting process continues to function, as long as water in the lid remains below the boiling point.

      • Recessed lid with a dimpled underside distributes moisture inside the pot
      • Double side handles on the pot as well as the lid for added control
      • Even heat distribution and superior heat retention
      • Durable, nonreactive sand-colored interior enamel
      • Colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel resists chipping and cracking