Le Creuset Hard-Anodized Saute Pan and Glass Lid, 4-1/4-Quart
From Fluffy omelettes to perfectly seared meats, Le Creuset forged hard-anodized pans deliver non-stick performance with a seamless reinforced coating that will never chip or flake. The hot-forging process forms a strong bond between the pan and its nonstick coating, creating a pan that will stand up to years of use.
- Hot-forging manufacturing process ensures pans will never warp
- An induction compatible, magnetic stainless steel base ensures superior performance on any cooktop
- Pans are oven-safe up to 500 degrees F (tempered glass lids are oven-safe up to 425 degrees F)
- Hollow, stay-cool cast stainless steel handles minimize heat transfer and fit comfortably in hand
- Side handles and assist handles feature stainless steel rivets for durability
- Nonstick coating is reinforced and safe for dishwashers
- A convenient side handle hole allows for hanging storage
Each Forged Hard-Anodized (FHA) pan is made from a heavy-gauge forged aluminum with a strong, durable finish that will withstand the demands of everyday use. Each pan absorbs and distributes heat evenly and efficiently, so there are no hot-spots during cooking. The specially-constructed base incorporates a magnetic stainless steel disk that gives extra strength and stability to the pan.
Le Creuset FHA is completely multi-functional. Use it with any stovetop or under any broiler, or use in any conventional, induction or fan-assisted oven. As with any metal product, this material is not suitable for use in microwave ovens.
Le Creuset's manufacturing process and the pan's internally reinforced nonstick surface combine to create a uniquely durable finish for extra strength and superb cooking results.
Use medium and low heat settings for the majority of cooking on all heat sources, and allow the pan to heat gradually and evenly.
When searing meat, poultry or fish, a medium high heat can be used initially, but once the pan is hot and the food added, the heat should be lowered.
The pan should never be used on the highest heat setting for either preheating or cooking. Excessive surface temperatures will damage the nonstick cooking surface. See section on details of misuse.
Always use a stovetop burner that is similar in size to the base of the pan. Gas flames must always be confined to the base area and never extend up the sidewalls of the pan.
On any glass-topped stove always lift the pan to move it. Never slide the pan, as this may cause damage to the stovetop or the base of the pan.
The maximum safe temperature for oven use is 500 degrees F / 260 degrees C. When used under a hot broiler there should be a minimum distance of two inches (5cm) between the heat source and the top rim of the pan.
Cleaning and care
Cool the pan for a few minutes before cleaning. Do not plunge a hot pan into cold water.
Only recommended nonstick cleaning pads should be used on the nonstick surfaces. Do not use any metal or abrasive pads or abrasive cleaning agents on any of the surfaces.
The pan is dishwasher-safe, but washing by hand is recommended. Simply wash with hot, soapy water, and rinse and dry thoroughly. If the pan is regularly washed in the dishwasher some darkening of the rivets and outer ring of the base may occur, or a powdery white deposit may form. This is normal and will not affect the performance of the pan. The surface dulling or white deposits can be removed by carefully cleaning the affected areas with a gentle nylon pad and detergent. After cleaning, rinse and dry thoroughly.
Each time the pan is cleaned in the dishwasher, the cooking surface should be re-conditioned with vegetable or corn oil before the next use.
Le Creuset Heat-Resistant Glass Lids
Add another dimension to cooking with a Le Creuset Forged Hard-Anodized pan by using a Le Creuset heat-resistant glass lid. The tempered glass lid allows you to check the recipe without disturbing the cooking progress or temperature. It retains moisture and flavor and converts the pan to one for poaching, braising or casseroling. The lids are oven-safe up to 325 degrees F.