Le Creuset


If you enjoy spending a lot of time your kitchen, you probably have or desperately want something from Le Creuset. Even before I spent a lot of time cooking and baking, I knew that the best of the best items to have came from Le Creuset. The quality of their items is amazing and they've spent the time perfecting their products to make them what they are today.

I've never bought any Le Creuset products because they're pretty expensive and at this point in my life, I'm satisfied with decent quality products for cheaper prices.

A few months ago, I was reading posts on the What's Cooking? board on The Nest. Every couple of months or so there will be a post where you can enter to win something related to the board you are on. There was a sweepstakes post for Le Creuset items. Since I've always thought it would be nice to own them, I figured I'd enter the drawing.

Fast forward to May. I've forgotten all about entering the sweepstakes. My college classes have just finished up and I'm looking forward to Memorial weekend at the beach. One night, right before the weekend, I'm sitting at my computer going through emails when I came across one from The Nest. It said that I had won the Le Creuset Cookware set from the giveaway and that because the total prize was over $600, I'd need to provide my SSN and have the affidavit notarized for tax purposes.

Hesitantly, I responded to the email requesting more information. I'm not one of those unusually lucky people who wins anything. I can easily count the number of things I've won in my 26 years of life. A spelling bee in the 6th grade because I was the person with the closest spelling of antidisestablishmentarianism (which yes, I've managed to remember how to spell correctly since then), a poetry contest in high school, a scholarship in my senior year, a basket of ice cream related goodies at a basket bingo, $100 on a scratch off ticket after spending $75, and $40 during my one and only trip to the casino. Needless to say, I didn't think that I actually won the Le Creuset items because well, I vaguely remembered entering the sweepstakes to begin with, and like I said, I'm just not the person who wins things.

A few emails later I decided the likelihood of someone scamming me from a Nest email address was relatively slim so I filled out the affidavit form, got it notarized and sent it off. I put the winnings out of my mind, figuring I'd just be really impressed if they actually showed up at my doorstep and didn't "get lost in the mail".

Two weeks ago, the items began showing up and the reality that I had won began to sink in.

My total winnings included a 6-piece Le Creuset set containing a 5.5 qt. round oven, a saucier pan, a square skillet grill, an 8x11" roaster pan, 9" iron handle skillet, and an 8 qt. stockpot, a small, medium and large sized Le Creuset Revolution spatulas, a Screwpull Original Lever Model Corkscrew, an Edgeware Slicing Mandoline, Peuoget Paris Classic salt and pepper mill set and from Chicago Metallic Bakeware, two jelly roll pans, a muffin tin, a rolling pin, and stainless steel measuring cups and spoons.

I now needed to go through the kitchen and get rid of some things in order to make room for the new stuff. Two of my friends were the lucky recipients of all my old kitchen items.

I've hardly had a chance to use the new items and I have to admit, I'm a bit afraid of using the cast iron pieces. I know they need to seasoned first, but how much oil is necessary? How long before you need to re-season them? What is the best way to clean them?

And just for good measure, here is a picture of me with all of my winnings.
And now the standard disclaimer stuff when including companies/brand names in a blog post: I chose to write this post after receiving the items I won from Le Creuset, Chicago Metallic Bakeware, Edgeware, and Peuoget giveaway on The Nest. The previously mentioned companies did not ask me to write this post and I'm 99.9% sure they have absolutely no idea who I am. :)

1 comment:

  1. that's so exciting! i never enter those things on the nest. maybe i should :)


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