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Old 01-13-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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Le Creuset oven temp question

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I wanted to try making the No-knead bread recipe listed all over the place. The recipe calls for a Dutch oven to be placed in an oven and pre-heated to 500, and then dropped down to 425. I saw mention that this temp might be too high for the Le Creuset Dutch Oven, and their website says oven safe to 375.

I have a new Le Cruset Dutch oven and would hate to ruin it. So could someone give me advice if it is safe to place the Le Creuset in an oven at those temps?

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Old 01-13-2008, 06:46 PM   #2
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Actually, I think the part of Le Creuset cookware that is risky in a high temp oven is the knob on top. I've used my LC at high temps, but I removed the knob first.
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:03 PM   #3
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I would go to the LeCreuset website and check out their use and care guides.
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:50 PM   #4
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Actually, I think the part of Le Creuset cookware that is risky in a high temp oven is the knob on top.
This is exactly correct. I used my LC Dutch Oven the first time I made NYT no-knead bread. The knob literally exploded, breaking in two. Oven was preheated to 450". I now use a Lodge DO for this recipe.
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:01 PM   #5
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I have used my LC for making the no knead bread countless times and always at 500 degrees. So far I have not had a problem. I thought mine said it was safe to 450 though, not 375.
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:17 PM   #6
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Enameled cast iron, of any make, should certainly handle an oven temp of 500F - but the knobs are a different matter, especially if they are not metal.

When in doubt - read and follow the instructions that came with your cookware.
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:35 AM   #7
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I usually just heat to 450 and skip the 500 part.

I've made bread that way in my LC french oven at least 50 times at this point with no problem with the knob either.

The salesperson at the LC store did confirm that they had a problem with people stealing knobs, and the honest ones trying to buy them, when the bread recipe first came out.
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According to Le Creuset's website (under FAQ) the knobs are only guaranteed to a temp of 375F. Instinctively, I apply my own 350F rule and remove the knobs when I'm going to use the pans above that temp. I seal the hole with foil.
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enameled cast iron is fired at over 1000* F, so it is certainly the knob that is at issue.
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:53 AM   #10
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Petek,
In case you are interested, LeC sells the knobs in their outlet stores, for a location near by in USA: LE CREUSET
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