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Le Creuset 36cm Wok & Glass Lid (New Blue) £51.00 delivered at Amazon.

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Have been considering one of these wok's for while now but could not resist at this price.You save £38.99 (43%) . Given it's unique design it's the type of cookery item where I do not think you nee… Read More
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Have been considering one of these wok's for while now but could not resist at this price.You save £38.99 (43%) .

Given it's unique design it's the type of cookery item where I do not think you need match it's colour with your other pots/pans etc.

Got mine yesterday and its very nice but be advised heavy!.....

This is my first post so go gentle :)
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Thanks for the post [B]Gazra. I just added a wee piccie :)
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Too expensive for my skin :)
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[SIZE=3]Ridiculous price.
Bought Le Creuset once, while in France: a frying pan, the interior "non-stick" surf\ace lasted NO time at all.

Buy a carbon steel wok from a Chinese supermarket, last a lifetime once you condition it a bit with cooking oil. Not sure of price as not bought one for years - but probably about a tenner - perhaps someone could confirm?[/SIZE]
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Le Creuset woks don't have a non-stick coating - just season it as you would a traditional cast iron wok and it will be naturally non-stick :thumbsup:

Great price, but personally I prefer something smaller and lighter.


Were did I say they did?
I was pointing out that they are not up to much.
In fact they are nothing more than a "fashion" accessory that is not now particularly fashionable! That aside they might well be a fairly good (but very expensive) container for the 4 or 5 hour braising of meat, as in some French food, but for Chinese cooking, it will take longer to heat up than the food will to cook!

If like the rest of the ranges, they have a ceramic coating (effectively an enamel glaze), then they will become no more non-stick in use than an old fashioned enamel pie tin! However they will stain and look like a dirty tea cup very quickly, as Le Creuset does.

Woks are not traditionally CAST iron, (well not the ones for stir frying, anyway) they are pressed carbon steel, like professional chef's frying pans. Cast iron frying pans (got one of those too) undoubtedly get better as the carbonised fat builds up, but the porous nature of the cast iron means they are not as good at developing this layer as the pressed carbon steel ones, which also have the benefit of not being TOO heavy.

So are these woks bare cast iron? If so, a "proper" one will definitely be better as well as far cheaper, come in a choice of sizes, and handle configuration, and not suffer chipping either, but of course are not pretty to look at.
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[SIZE=3]Ridiculous price.
Bought Le Creuset once, while in France: a frying pan, the interior "non-stick" surf\ace lasted NO time at all.

Buy a carbon steel wok from a Chinese supermarket, last a lifetime once you condition it a bit with cooking oil. Not sure of price as not bought one for years - but probably about a tenner - perhaps someone could confirm?[/SIZE]


ive had my carbon steel wok for around 13yrs:thumbsup: best £11 i spent at the time
#6
I think it depends on what you like, excluding this wok, I have a full set of le creuset pans & stonewear & I love them, they retain heat & cook brilliantly & if you do muck up and stick something to them a short time in soak & they're really easy to clean.
£51 for a wok is expensive, but le creuset always is & I guess its whether your prepared to pay that for something for the kitchen! My only problem with this wok is, how many times have you ever seen an authentic oriental chef using a half tonne cast iron wok? Err never, because woks are supposed to be thin so they conduct heat quickly & effectively, so I think they've slightly missed the point with this (unless of course your willing to pre-heat it for 5 minutes & you don't get the temperature wrong I guess!).
But that's just my humble opinion & again just my opinion, but most of the people who buy this will hang it from their kitchen ceiling or on the le creuset rack & will never use it.

Doesn't stop me wanting it to complete my collection though & still a very good deal in my eyes. Voted hot
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honeymonster21
I think it depends on what you like, excluding this wok, I have a full set of le creuset pans & stonewear & I love them, they retain heat & cook brilliantly & if you do muck up and stick something to them a short time in soak & they're really easy to clean.
£51 for a wok is expensive, but le creuset always is & I guess its whether your prepared to pay that for something for the kitchen! My only problem with this wok is, how many times have you ever seen an authentic oriental chef using a half tonne cast iron wok? Err never, because woks are supposed to be thin so they conduct heat quickly & effectively, so I think they've slightly missed the point with this (unless of course your willing to pre-heat it for 5 minutes & you don't get the temperature wrong I guess!).
But that's just my humble opinion & again just my opinion, but most of the people who buy this will hang it from their kitchen ceiling or on the le creuset rack & will never use it.

Doesn't stop me wanting it to complete my collection though & still a very good deal in my eyes. Voted hot


I am of the same view as yourself.My pan's are over 10 years old,used daily and not blemished or stained inside.The Wok itself I intend to use as regular as me old wok but it has the advantage of being able to present straight to the table for my large family!.
Le creuset will last a life time if cared for properly and therefore makes this a good deal at this price for me at least:)
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I was just pointing out that your disappointment in your non-stick pan wasn't actually particularly relevant to this item and that you shouldn't assume that this item "isn't up to much". Le Creuset have been making cast iron cookware for over 80 years so are more than a passing fashion!

This doesn't have an enamelled inner layer, so not sure why the analogy with dirty teacups :?

Actually, traditional woks are cast iron. Pressed steel came later... :p


Ah.... it's hair splitting time again! Well, for a laugh, I can be just as ridiculous, I've got five minutes to be just as pathetically petty as you:

Yes, that old chestnut - it always was a good recommendation - "eat ****, a billion flies can't be wrong" Oddly in this case, it is not so far out in numbers - At least a BILLION Chinese actually DO use the real thing!

It will be the only recent Le Creuset cast iron item that isn't enamelled inside, (for one essential reason, they will dissolve far too much iron if used for long term stewing of acid foods like tomatoes!) other than the frying pans which have a proprietary non-stick, which as I have mentioned is particularly pathetic.

Actually, if you go back only a few thousand years further, I am sure they were using clay pots instead of woks at all. Go back further still, and they were just chewing it straight off the bone, blood-dripping raw. I mistakenly thought we were talking about recently, as in "recent" to the last Century or so; seeing as you mention, Le Creuset only go back 80 years. I am sure they were at the front of the development of Wok technology then.

Le Creuset is a "fashion" accessory (If the 1970's is "fashion" that is) in the same way that enamel pans with frills & flowers on are, only they are a lot more expensive, and a lot heavier. Even the people who buy them often admit that! I made the mistake of listening to people who swore blind that depite the obvious pitfalls. they were the best thing for cooking - they are most definitely not, they are totally useless for most day to day cooking purposes, (hence their almost total absence in professional kitchens here and in France) and the most expensive version of what they are, as FAR cheaper French brands of VERY similar items exist, which are also a waste of space, but at least cheaper!

You know what, in the hope of helping people being grossly disappointed with the junk as much as I was, I made my point LONG ago in my first post... and to be honest I really don't give a toss beyond that, (and definitely no one else reading this will) however it was fun jousting words with you, (well, a little bit) I seldom come across such nit-picking. It is however sad that it is most probably not true pedantic ability we are seeing here, and is more likely it is because I must have had the audacity to criticise something else you posted in another (PC) thread, that happens a lot here - say something about one issue, and get hunted out on every other thread! I am actually very surprised you haven't made a dramatic big issue about the Font (ie Typeface) size... that's usually good for a little "dig" when all else fails; however as you are now IGNORED, I won't see that, and I will say goodbye!
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Enough to make you think twice about future posts.:?
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Expired price now £66.93.
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[SIZE=3]Ah.... it's hair splitting time again! Well, for a laugh, I can be just as ridiculous, I've got five minutes to be just as pathetically petty as you:[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]Yes, that old chestnut - it always was a good recommendation - "eat ****, a billion flies can't be wrong" Oddly in this case, it is not so far out in numbers - At least a BILLION Chinese actually DO use the real thing![/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]It will be the only recent Le Creuset cast iron item that isn't enamelled inside, (for one essential reason, they will dissolve far too much iron if used for long term stewing of acid foods like tomatoes!) other than the frying pans which have a proprietary non-stick, which as I have mentioned is particularly pathetic.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]Actually, if you go back only a few thousand years further, I am sure they were using clay pots instead of woks at all. Go back further still, and they were just chewing it straight off the bone, blood-dripping raw. I mistakenly thought we were talking about recently, as in "recent" to the last Century or so; seeing as you mention, Le Creuset only go back 80 years. I am sure they were at the front of the development of Wok technology then.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]Le Creuset is a "fashion" accessory (If the 1970's is "fashion" that is) in the same way that enamel pans with frills & flowers on are, only they are a lot more expensive, and a lot heavier. Even the people who buy them often admit that! I made the mistake of listening to people who swore blind that depite the obvious pitfalls. they were the best thing for cooking - they are most definitely not, they are totally useless for most day to day cooking purposes, (hence their almost total absence in professional kitchens here and in France) and the most expensive version of what they are, as FAR cheaper French brands of VERY similar items exist, which are also a waste of space, but at least cheaper![/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]You know what, in the hope of helping people being grossly disappointed with the junk as much as I was, I made my point LONG ago in my first post... and to be honest I really don't give a toss beyond that, (and definitely no one else reading this will) however it was fun jousting words with you, (well, a little bit) I seldom come across such nit-picking. It is however sad that it is most probably not true pedantic ability we are seeing here, and is more likely it is because I must have had the audacity to criticise something else you posted in another (PC) thread, that happens a lot here - say something about one issue, and get hunted out on every other thread! I am actually very surprised you haven't made a dramatic big issue about the Font (ie Typeface) size... that's usually good for a little "dig" when all else fails; however as you are now IGNORED, I won't see that, and I will say goodbye![/SIZE]

LOL. I know it's bad to bring up an old thread but your little rant is hilarious and filled with numerous inaccuracies :) It made me laugh.....

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