Andrew Bluett-Duncan

Le Creuset Offers and Frying in uncoated pans

19 MARCH 2022

Andrew Bluett-Duncan

Director 

Both Babette and Jeanne have had quite an influence on how I cook, not that I do a lot even now with Babette gone, but I do a little more than I used to! What I have done for many years though, are my Saturday lunch time fry-ups which is typically quite simple fare of bacon (Sainsbury’s Oak smoked thin sliced Pancetta), fried eggs, toast (Babette’s homemade, more recently Vanessa’s home made or Gails sourdough), occasionally baked beans (Heinz of course), a mug (Le Creuset, naturally) of Lady Grey and salt and pepper. This, to me and the children (and when I started they actually were children), was as close to food heaven as Dad could get on a Saturday lunch time, after a hard morning of either homework or housework.So, returning to my opening statement. The influence that they both had was in the choice of pan I use. I gradually realised, over the years, that sometimes the eggs tasted a whole lot better when cooked in our Demeyere uncoated stainless steel frying pan (their preference), rather than non-stick (my choice for many years) and this was because the uncoated pan can safely be taken to higher temperatures than their non stick covered cousins, and so the resulting caramelisation (browning on the bottom) of the sugars in eggs gave so much more flavour than the slightly anaemic white efforts that the coated pan produced. And of course eggs cooked in the fat of the bacon will only improve matters further! Now, the RRP for the Demeyere Atlantis Proline 28cm frying pan that I use, is a slightly eye watering £249.00, we currently have it at £229.00.  And I would happily sell you one of these. See below for the offer.

Demeyere Atlantis Proline Frying Pan Stainless Steel - 28cm with Helper Handle

Demeyere believes three things are essential for perfect frying - the correct temperature, patience and a good quality pan without a non-stick coating.

£249.00 £229.00

 £199.00 with code PRO28

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If, however, you’re not feeling moved to spend such extravagant amounts of money on a frying pan, but like the sound of what I’ve described, then let me tempt you to the next stage down, which we get from my chums at Le Creuset. We get this, however, only when we’ve been good, very good in fact! A sort of special dispensation (or to put it another way, it’s when Vicky and her boss Philippa are feeling very generous towards Art of Living and they have enough stock), we are then “allowed” to buy their version of the Demeyere pan, namely their 3 Ply Uncoated 28cm Frying pan (which is not a line normally sold in this country) at “only” £135 (RRP £145). And if this tempts you, you may have a further £20 off (for being a nice person, by which I mean, of course a tolerant one, who, for reasons best known to you, actually reads my emails) to bring it down to £115.00, which is a bit of a bargain for a pan of this quality. Conclusion?

That I, also, am a nice person.Use code 3PLY28 on the website, or tell us who you are if coming into one of the shops.

Le Creuset 3-ply Stainless Steel Uncoated Frying Pan - 28cm

The uncoated surface is ideal for searing meat, fish and vegetables allowing the food to gently caramelise, adding flavour and texture to the finished dish.

£145.00 £135.00

£115.00 with code 3PLY28

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If only the best is good enough for you then let me tempt you with an offer on the Demeyere Atlantis Proline 28cm with £30, off bringing that down to £199. Use code PRO28 on the website, or as above, just tell us who you are if coming into one of the shops. If by chance you are sitting on the fence on this one and can’t make up your mind whether I’m making this all up and it’s a load of tosh, why not take the opportunity to test one of our guarantees. The one which says, quite unequivocally, “We’ll take anything back from you, even if you’ve used it” (otherwise how would you know it wasn’t for you, if you hadn’t used it?) and we’ll refund you.

And whilst talking offers and Le Creuset, those aforementioned awfully nice people have come up with three rather nice offers.

TNS 3 Piece Cookware set
Here we’ve got three really useful pans, a 20cm Small Frying Pan, a 26cm Frying Pan (a good general purpose size) and a 26cm Shallow Casserole (food always looks really good in shallow casseroles…not sure why?). So, a very nice set with a normal price (RRP) of £378, down to £265. So well over a £100 off the RRP.

3 Ply 2 Piece Set
Here we have, I’d say, a slightly less useful set of two pans (so I’ve ordered less of them). A 20cm Casserole, which is a good size for say 2-3 people and a 24cm Chefs pan which, in my point of view, sadly has a non-stick coating on it. Sadly, because if ever there’s a case for not needing a coating, it’s probably a nice deep chefs pan. Be that as it may, both are coated and the majority of the market demands that it be so. So, if you ignore what I’ve told you in my opening paragraphs, then these two pans could be found useful jobs to do in your kitchen.

Cast Iron 26cm Round Grillit
Here’s a product that I really like. A good simple cast iron Grillit (with ribbed base), very little to go wrong with one of these, that will just last and last. It can used on any heat source, Gas, Electric, Induction or even the BBQ. The offer is that it comes with a Le Creuset Cool Tool (their name for a trivet! Those marketers and their names again!) and a silicone Basting Brush. This has an RRP of £175. Our Offer price is £125 saving you £50! Available in three colours.

Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)
Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set (6763819728954)

Le Creuset TNS Frying Pan & Casserole Set

£265.00
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Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)
Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole (6763796398138)

Le Creuset 3 Ply Chefs Pan & Deep Casserole Set

£242.00
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Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Grillit 26cm with FREE Accessories (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Grillit 26cm with FREE Accessories (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Grillit 26cm with FREE Accessories (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Grillit 26cm with FREE Accessories (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Grillit 26cm with FREE Accessories (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Grillit 26cm with FREE Accessories (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)
Le Creuset Round Grillit 26cm (6763782635578)

Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Grillit 26cm with FREE Accessories

£125.00
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Ok ,that’s it for now. My plans for the weekend (a trip to Somerset) have been dashed by Covid (my friend’s not mine) and so instead it’s a little work on my “Why” on Saturday morning, a dance class in the afternoon. I really can’t believe I’m saying this, I see the smile on Babette’s face just thinking of me attempting to move gracefully around the dance floor…aagh! Shirley’s a mighty persuasive woman! And at some point a little more gentle DIY perhaps?

I hope your weekend is what you want of it, and that it is less embarrassing than murdering the Tango or the Foxtrot…

Kind regards

Andrew
 

Andrew Bluett-Duncan Director

2 comments

  • Andrew Bluett-DuncanApr 18, 2022

    Sorry Rebecca I missed your question until just now. (April 18th)
    Yes, bacon first and if it doesn’t leave a goodish amount of fat to cook the eggs then add a little more.
    Heatwise, I use 6-7 (out of 10) on our induction hob, so probably a little higher than you’re suggesting. Be prepared for it to stick initially, and DONT try to move it until its cooked.
    Kind regards
    Andrew

  • Rebecca Mar 19, 2022

    Very good. Love the 3ply uncoated. Have never made eggs in it!? So I’m really interested in trying this. Just so I don’t ruin the lunch, fry the bacon first? Then crack in the eggs? Low/med heat on gas?
    Good luck with the dancing 🕺

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