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Registering for my first Le Creuset pieces – looking for advice!

Working on my wedding registry and I’ve already added the the 5.5 qt dutch oven since that seems to be the consensus starter/most popular size for the dutch oven, but I’d also really like to register for the braiser. I keep flipping between the 3.5 qt and the 5qt- does anyone have any advice? It’s just my fiancé and I right now but we usually cook enough to have leftovers and I want it to be a piece I use long term. It seems like a lot of people feel like the 3.5 qt braiser is their go-to, but others say you never wish you had a smaller pan, only a bigger pan, but I don’t want the 5qt to be too big that I don’t use it. Appreciate any tips as someone starting out with these pieces!!

4 comments

  1. Square_Song_5659

    I have a 3.5 quart braiser and I love it! We’re a family of four and it’s a great size for us. It fits enough meat for 4-6 servings. I also find that when I make one pot dishes it holds enough for 4-6 servings. Many people do swear by their 5 qt braisers however. If you’re able, I would go to a store to see and lift them in person.

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

  2. BonnieMSM

    3.5! Perfect for leftovers.

  3. UnfinishedWardrobe

    I have the 3.5. It just barely holds 4 large chicken breasts (one packet at Costco each breast cut in half). I often wish I had a smaller one when making savory pies like chicken or Shepard’s. My parents got the 5 because they often have guests over for dinner. They are looking into getting a smaller one when it is just them and my sister

  4. Slurpeepanda

    I have the 3.5 qt braiser and I really wish I’d gotten the next smaller size. I also have the sauteuse which is the same capacity and, unless I need the surface area of the braiser for browning, I usually use the sauteuse because of the higher sides. I still love the braiser overall, but I just don’t need it to be that big and it is really heavy. I can’t even imagine how heavy the 5 qt one would be.

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