So you have chosen your favorite colour, cooked up a storm and now its time to clean your Le Creuset!
Here are some handy hints to keep your Le Creuset cookware in tip top condition!
- Always cool a hot pan for a few minutes before washing.
- Do not plunge a hot pan into cold water. Although the enamel is designed to be the most durable on the market, thermal shock can still occur, resulting in potential cracking or loss of enamel.
- If there is any stubborn food residue, fill the pan first with warm water and let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes before washing. A brush can be useful for removing small food deposits, or for cleaning between the ribs on grills. Do not use scourers or abrasive cleaners on the cooking surface. Nylon or soft abrasive pads or brushes can be used to remove stubborn residues. To avoid damaging the enamel, do not use metallic pads or harsh abrasive cleaning agents.
- Always make sure that pans are thoroughly dry before storing them away! Store pans in a dry cupboard or airy space away from steam.
- Maintain the tightness of all handles and knobs by checking and retightening them regularly.
- All pans with integral cast iron, phenolic handles or stainless steel knobs can be washed in the dishwasher. However, constant dishwashing could lead to dulling of the enamel finish. This is purely cosmetic and will not affect the performance. When using the dishwasher always allow the cycle to finish before opening the door, this ensures the pans are dried thoroughly.
- Pans with metal handles can be washed in the dishwasher, but this greatly reduces the development of a patina; as a result, grills and skillets will require oiling for a longer period. Pans with wooden handles are not dishwasher-safe.
Happy Cooking! :)