cleaning a burnt Le Creuset

Some things you learn the hard way. Burning my Le Creuset Braiser is definitely one of those “trial and error” moments. At first I freaked out thinking I ruined my pan, but thanks to a few online tutorials I got it taken care of. Next time you find yourself in this sample pickle – don’t panic – just try this easy method for cleaning an enamel pan.

How to clean your Le Creuset

Depending on the size of your pan, you will need 2 tablespoons of of baking soda for every quart of water. Keep in mind you want enough water to bring it to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes. By 3.5 quart pan took one quart of water, for reference. DSC_0134 DSC_0131

Pour 1 quart of water into the pan and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the pan and stir. Turn down the heat to a simmer.

DSC_0135 After a couple of minutes, begin scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon. You’ll see it makes progress. I added a little more baking soda after the first pieces came loose but there were still more.DSC_0137After it is done, set the pot aside to let the water cool. I then used a sponge to get the final pieces off and wash with dish soap. In about 20 minutes, our pan is ready for the next dish!
We’ve all had that moment when we realize we’ve got a messy pot or pan to clean. My advice with the Le Creuset or other enamel pans is to do this as soon as it cools. Soaking the pan is not good for the enamel and scrubbing it with an abrasive sponge or brush can ruin the finish. I may even try cleaning my dutch oven using the same method!


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