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Can this pot be saved?

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Okay, I'm an idiot and I just left a Le Creuset saucepan (my favorite) on the stove with barely any liquid in it, and forgot about it until the acrid smell hit the living room. Ugh. It's all blackened inside, but I haven't really examined it yet because it's still radioactively hot. Maybe this is a stupid question, but this has never happened to me before, so I'm wondering if I should start looking for a new pot right now, or is there anything I can do to salvage this one? I know LC is great about replacing stuff but I doubt they would when it's clearly the customers' fault.

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    King of Northern Blvd.

    I'm sure it can be saved....But a repost on home cooking board will get you faster results...It appears often enough...

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    1. re: King of Northern Blvd.

      Well, a few hours have passed so you've probably figured this out by now but my first words of advice would be "let it cool down a whole lot and then add water, dishwashin soap and let it sit." Unless it's warped or cracked irrevocably, it should be just fine.

      1. re: Annie M

        try filling it with vinegar and soaking

        1. re: xavier

          And if all of the above fails, spray-on oven cleaner will eventually dissolve any burnt-on crud. Finish with a scouring powder and it should come out looking like new.

          1. re: FlyFish

            I suggested oven cleaner and for some mysterious reason it was removed.

          2. re: xavier

            Heat a half and half vinegar/water mixture, let simmer for ten minutes and then let sit over night. Then try cleaning with plastic dish pad and detergent. Do not use any kind of abrasive pad or powder like Comet. If still not clean, try a watery solution of Bar Keepers Friend powder. But do not rub too hard, you'll ruin the glaze.