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Jan 21, 2005 06:09 PM

Remedy for blackened Le Creuset

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The inside bottoms of my LC casseroles are blackened and have resisted SoftScrub, the expensive Le Creuset cleaner and simmering in a solution of Bold and a quart of water for several hourse (can't remember who suggested that one). Has anyone found a remedy?

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  1. oven cleaner works well. You might try Dawn Power Dissolver it is a slightly weaker form f oven cleaner.

    1. Return it to LeCreuset and have it re-enameled. They have a lifetime warranty. I don't have the address on hand but there have been discussions on this board (probably on the General Topics or Not About Food) about this subject.

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      1. re: AGM/Cape Cod

        But before you do that, why not spend $2.99 on a can of "The Barkeepers Friend," a fine-grained powdered cleanser, similar to Bon Ami? When I did the same to my Le Creuset, I went to my local kitchen supply store and the salesperson immediately handed me Barkeepers Friend and told me it would work--and it did! Wet the bottom of your pan, then cover it with Barkeepers. By the next morning, the powder should soak up all the water and lift off the burned stuff, or at least most of it. What's left you can scrub off with more Barkeepers and some elbow grease. Good luck!

        1. re: rawcuzima

          Isn't Barkeepers Friend very abrasive? If so, that will ruin an enamel surface and make it more likely for food to stick. Even BonAmi polishing powder can scratch a surface.

          1. re: BluPlateSpec

            No it is not abrasive which is why it is suggested as a celaner for so many different surfaces. It is a polish.

          2. re: rawcuzima

            It was recommended to me by a purveyor of Le Creuset products who presumably has recommended it to others besides me. I went to the store expecting to buy a new Le Creuset to replace the one I had burned but when I told her about the blackened mess, the owner was happy to hand me a can of Bar Keepers and tell me that for $2.99 I could save the one I had. She was right.

            The powder is finer than Bon Ami. Almost like baby powder. Anyway, the trick is to wet the bottom of the pan, sprinkle Bar Keepers then leave it overnight--i.e. without scrubbing. The next morning, I found that the Barkeepers had--in the process of soaking up the water--lifted off the burnt stuff in little flakes. I just tipped the pan over and shook most of the flakes out. I did scrub the remaining black stuff off with more Bar Keepers without damaging the enamel.

            I've subsequently used Bar Keepers on a number of pans--stainless steel, enamel, etc. to no ill effect. I've found it so handy, I keep it on the countertop next to the dishwashing soap.

            And for a mere $2.99 I'll sell you a can... just kidding!

        2. When you say blackened, do you mean like really burnt or just brownish discoloration?

          1. If it is just discolored black, try soaking it in a weak bleach solution.