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Today: We've all been there -- kitchen mishaps happen. Here are the best ways to clean your Le Creuset and other enameled cast iron pots.
A Le Creuset is a precious investment. Whether you acquired a few pieces thanks to your wedding registry or saved up for months to buy one, they are timeless pieces to add to your kitchen collection. A sturdy enameled cast iron pot should last a lifetime -- even if it gets a bit roughed up from your culinary adventures.
Early contest winner and former Food52 employee Peter came home with 40 pounds of apples from the farmers market to make a big batch of applesauce in his massive Le Creuset. Unfortunately, the applesauce didn’t behave the way he wanted, and what he was left with was a blackened, burnt bottom in his Dutch oven. After soaking it overnight, scraping it with a sharp spatula, and scrubbing it, he was desperate for help and turned to the Hotline for cleaning advice -- where people have been sharing tips and tricks for 3 years and counting:
Soak, Soak Baby -- with Baking Soda:
More: Save yourself the trouble of a burnt pot and roast your applesauce instead.
Soak, Soak Baby -- with Something Stronger:
Finally, Burnt Offerings provides some words of comfort if all else fails, nothing works, and you're still left with a scarred pot. Her favorite pot has burnt spots from rice grains that may never go away. “I’ve learned to live with them and would miss them in the bottom of my pot now. It has character.”
Tell us: How do you clean your precious pots?
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