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Le Creuset

Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 09:41 AM

About 10 years ago, I purchased a big green round Le Creuset dutch oven that I have used more than many of the TOO MANY things I have in my kitchen (yes, I have a problem, but admitting it is the first step).

I have made everything in it. I cherish it. My son (who cooks with me and is only 5 years old) will get it when he goes off to college. . .I mean Harvard)

Knowing how much I love this device, my wife purchased another one for me.

Small, fire engine red and oval (I think she was tired of trying to hoist our green monster out of the oven)it was a vision.

So of course as a certifiable foodie (please don't delete this post) I got to cooking while the family was still opening the tonnage of gifts.

I had some nice pork tenderloins that I seared on the stovetop, and sent to the over to bake to make some chopped pork sammies for an early lunch.

When I took the new Le Creuset out of the oven, it was purple.

Let me tell you up front that I am not the best judge of color. It may have actually been mauve.

But it was no longer red.

Is that normal?

And by that, I don't mean "Is it normal to open your new favorite gift and start cooking while everyone else is by the tree?" but "Is it normal for a new Le Creuset to change colors?"

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    toodie jane RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 09:58 AM

    how hot did it get? I know red glass will change to a purplish color when heated in a torch flame, as in when making a glass bead. And procelain is glass...hound-scientists?

    Did it retain the mauve color or is it back to red? I know red ceramic glazes are difficult and expensive (perhaps because they are unstable?)to use, maybe porcelain finishes are as well. OTOH, my SIL has used the orange Le Creuset for 30 years with no color change that I'm aware of.

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    1. re: toodie jane
      Tugboat RE: toodie jane Dec 27, 2005 10:09 AM

      After I took it off the flame, I put it in a roughly 325 degree oven for about 25 to 30 minutes.

      Some that were there claim it went back to something closer to the red color but I am not convinced.

      For me, I love the pan and do not mind what color it is at all.

      I just want to make sure it is not a problem for the food being cooked in it.

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        Candy RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 11:14 AM

        My orange/red LC does change a bit with heating but goes back to the original color when it returns to room temp.

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          Tugboat RE: Candy Dec 27, 2005 11:17 AM

          Mine was closer to the red when it cooled, but not close enough.

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            Two Forks RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 11:23 AM

            When you wash it, the dish should be reasonably close to the original color. If the change bothers you, perhaps you should use another kind of cookware.

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              Tugboat RE: Two Forks Dec 27, 2005 01:11 PM

              If you read my original post, you should have picked up on the fact that I love the cookware.

              If you read my other post, you would see that I don't mind the change in color.

              If you read anything above, you would see that I am only trying to figure out if it is "normal"

              Save the smarm.

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                Two Forks RE: Tugboat Dec 28, 2005 09:36 AM

                No smarm. You asked a question, and like several other people I answered that it is "normal", yet it obviously bothers you since you continued to question the people who answered you.

              2. re: Two Forks
                Tugboat RE: Two Forks Dec 27, 2005 01:15 PM

                And another thing. . .my green pot have never changed color in 10 years.

                Hence the post.

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                  Candy RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 02:30 PM

                  My green and white pots and my blue terrine have never shown a color change in over 15 years. Just the red/orange colored one.

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                    Tugboat RE: Candy Dec 27, 2005 02:34 PM


                    Maybe it is that color.


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        FlyFish RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 10:33 AM

        I've never heard of LC changing color with heating - certainly the several pieces I'm most familiar with (none of which are red) haven't changed in some 20 or more years of steady use. The enamel coating is fired on at temperatures much higher than your home oven can reach, so I can't imagine that you damaged it unless it was defective to begin with, which is unlikely. I'd recommend contacting LC to see what they have to say.

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          Tugboat RE: FlyFish Dec 27, 2005 11:03 AM

          I may just have to call them.

          There is no question that it did change.

          Everyone in the house saw it before it went in the oven and I asked everyone in the house if it was "just me" when I took it out.

          They all agreed it changed.

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            FlyFish RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 11:27 AM

            Just to clarify - I wasn't questioning your assessment of the color change. Apologies if it sounded that way. 8^)

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              Tugboat RE: FlyFish Dec 27, 2005 01:13 PM

              No worries. I just wanted everyone to know that I was not the only one that thought it had changed.

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          krissywats RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 12:53 PM

          You're funny! Your post made me laugh, thanks (not at your pain so much as your writing style - but i must admit, just a little bit at your pain). I'm looking into (er, trying to get hubby to buy me some) Le Creuset cookware so be sure and report back with what the company says.

          Good luck!

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          1. re: krissywats
            Tugboat RE: krissywats Dec 27, 2005 01:14 PM

            I may not even call them.

            I love their products so I would suggest you get at least one nice pot.

            They are invaluable.


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            yfoodie RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 01:20 PM

            tugboat - i sure it's completely NOT natural for the color to change. i have several le creuset items of various colors and none of them change color in various heat temperature (stove top and oven).
            my flame red does not and i've had it for approx 5-6 years.
            contact le creuset - there is no reason for u to keep that piece. even if it seems to cook the food fine, why risk something that obviously has a flaw in it's making?

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              Claire RE: yfoodie Dec 27, 2005 01:24 PM

              Yep, that's strange - I've had the flame red oval dutch oven one now for several years and not a hint of color change - keep us posted.

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                Tugboat RE: yfoodie Dec 27, 2005 02:25 PM

                I agree.

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                Sherri RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 01:30 PM

                Must agree with all posters who suggest contacting LC. I have used the old orange-red (now my grown sons have these) and newer green & white for more years than I can count. Nothing has ever changed color. I gifted a DIL with some red LC and it is still red - both before, during and after oven time.

                Just having the willies about the color change would be off-putting enough, this stuff is too wonderful not to fully enjoy. Get what you paid for -- great cookware.

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                  jenn RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 02:49 PM

                  All my Le Creuset save one is blue. I have a giant oval casserole, a small round pot, a small oval pot with a tiny hole in the lid and the long pate pan. The one that isn't blue is a red heart shaped pot that my husband bought me the first new years after we got married.

                  All the blue Le Creuset is blue blue blue whether it is hot out of the oven or cold off the shelf.

                  But the red one ---when it comes out of a hot oven after being there for a long cook --- darkens in color but ONLY WHILE IT IS HOT. Once it cools off, it goes back to the regular color.

                  I've never called Le Creuset---see no reason to do so. Some colors change when warm. No big deal.

                  Enjoy your pot.

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                    Marge RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 07:46 PM

                    What is most disturbing to me is an alleged "foodie" using the word "sammie"....

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                      Gus Surrette RE: Tugboat Dec 27, 2005 10:20 PM

                      I have several LC pieces in red... round dutch, oval dutch, heart shape sauce, wooden handle sauce, fry pan and a fondue pot (yeah... I *know* my wife has really spoiled me!!!!) and a couple in yellow... I've never noticed any significant changes in the color.

                      Of course, I'm not really *that* observant!

                      For curiosity sake, I'd probably contact Le Creuset, but I don't think I'd be all that concerned about its effect on food... after all, the *inside* of the pot isn't red (or mauve!)



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                        Tugboat RE: Gus Surrette Dec 28, 2005 07:23 AM


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                        Fleur RE: Tugboat Dec 28, 2005 02:58 AM

                        I have all my le Creuset in Flame, the original classic color. Many were bought in Fresnoy-le-grand, the town where it is made,where we have friends.
                        The color changes a little under red hot heat, but returns to original after cooling.
                        I have some of my Mom's le Creuset that is 40 years old and still going strong.

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                          Parsley RE: Tugboat Feb 3, 2006 11:24 AM

                          I just got done reading your issue on LeCreuset. The subject of that cookware appears on this board a few times I've noticed.

                          I had too much time on my hands today and took the page all the way down which is how I found your LC inquiry.

                          I have to add my thoughts here but really, I am writing to you about another thought after reading all the answers to your question.

                          First on my mind is agreeing with everyone about contacting LC and telling them your concern. If it's a bad batch of product, I'll bet they already know about it and although it may have no adverse affects on your food being cooked in it, they may ask you to return it for another one either a perfect version of the red or ask you to maybe choose another color. I have 3 red/flame pieces of LC, 5 yellow (of which I'll never buy again, can't stand how hard that oolor is to clean, 1 brown 'old' 14" deep straight sided frying skillet that I adore, and 3 blue pieces that I also love. The red, no, never under any level of heat has there been a change of color. It wouldn't surprise me if they asked for it back just to test it out in the factory, they could learn something there.

                          I wish you'd post your email. There is something I need to add to this that you mentioned. Would you consider?

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                            uman RE: Parsley Feb 7, 2011 04:48 PM

                            actually, I just made the no-knead bread, which calls for a preheat at 470. I did it at 450 and my red dutch oven turned almost a maroon color. A definitive color change. However, as it cooled, it returned to its original red color.

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