Le Creuset PG4300-1417 16-Ounce Citrus Juicer, Stoneware, Caribbean
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My little Le Creuset pot passed its best years ago. The surface on the inside is now dull, and it has lots of brown stains on the inside. Although the pot still works very well, I’ve been wondering if it is possible to clean the bottom of my Le Creuset pan, and perhaps get it stain-free again? I have several cast-iron pots in my kitchen, including a cast-iron skillet, and I love them all. I used to have a very large blue Le Creuset casserole dish. But when we moved home ten years ago, it never made it to the new house, and it is a mystery where it got to. I still lament the loss of it today!
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Although hydrogen peroxide isn’t particularly gentle, it’s the gentlest of the options available, so I will try it first. After over twenty years of use, it is showing its age. Sadly, the inside has lost its original shine, and it has plenty of marks on the outside, and the lid even has a chip on it. The good news though, is that it cooks our food just as well as it did on the day I bought it. For this, you can use your favourite oven cleaner. To be honest, I don’t use oven cleaner because my oven has a self-cleaning cycle. I had to buy some especially for this task, so I chose the most popular and cheapest one from Wilko. For US residents, I have heard that Easy Off oven cleaner is perfect for this job.Over time, the outside or the bottom of your Le Creuset pan can develop brown marks. If this has happened to your pan, or you have a vintage Le Creuset pot to restore, you will be pleased to know there is a solution and all you will need is some oven cleaner or Bar Keepers Friend. How to clean the outside of a Le Creuset pan with Bar Keepers Friend As you can see, the pan looks a lot cleaner on the bottom than when I started. If I had more patience and (a lot) more hydrogen peroxide, I could fill the whole pan up and then eventually it might get clean. If you are in the US, I’m told that Easy Off oven cleaner is the best kind to use and works brilliantly for cleaning up the outside of Le Creuset pots. Frequently asked questions How often to clean the inside and bottom of a Le Creuset pot?
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The worst pot-burning situation I have ever experienced occurred when I left the pot to cook on its own. You think you will be away only for a second, but before you know it, seconds have turned into minutes and your pot (and your food) is burning. One of my pots has gone past the point of saving the enamel. The shiny inside disappeared long ago and now shows all the stains I’ve collected during the years of use.
Here are some tips to help you keep the bottom of your Le Creuset pan perfectly clean and shiny: Always use low to medium heat Cleaning the inside and bottom of your Le Creuset pot too often can cause damage to the enamel. I recommend you deep clean the inside no more than once per year. In between deep cleans, avoid burning your food by using enough cooking oil and selecting the appropriate heat setting. If food burns on the bottom, soak your pan in warm soapy water. Addendum I’m not hugely concerned about the discolouring I have inside my pan. It cooks just as well as when I bought it, and it will probably stain again even if I did manage to get it clean. It’s curiosity really that is making me look for solutions.