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Old 05-31-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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Le Creuset cleaning

Last weekend I cooked a meal that really caramelized more than I expected it would in my french oven. It never got over medium heat and I let the pan cool then soaked it in the sink for about 30 minutes before using a wooden spatula to scrape it off under water. Would it have worked to leave the pan on the stove and bring water to a boil to dissolve it instead?

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Old 05-31-2005, 06:17 PM   #2
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Someone slap me if I'm wrong, but I think that it's still better to deglaze a pot on the stove even if you aren't making a sauce from the drippings. Is that right, or am I all wet as usual... ??
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Old 05-31-2005, 06:28 PM   #3
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Like RP said, the best way is to clean the bottom is to deglaze it. If the dish does not call for it, I just put the pan in the sink with hot water and dish soap, let it sit and it comes off without even using an abrasive scrubber.
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Old 05-31-2005, 10:27 PM   #4
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Also, put some water in the dirty pot and boil it for a few minutes. Let it cool and it will clean up fine. I have also had success using Barkeepers Friend for stubborn stains.
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for your response. I did end up using Bar Keepers friend and it worked great. Next time I'll boil it then.
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Old 06-01-2005, 11:20 PM   #6
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BKF is indispensible the way I cook! Glad you got the LeC back to normal.
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