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Oh dear what shall I do, melted the black (handle) now i'm feeling blue!

  • jnk Oct 3, 2007 06:48 AM
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Bittman's bread, Bittman's bread, Bittman's bread. All I keep hearing about is Bittman's bread and how good it is, so I went out and bought an enamelled cast iron 5qt. pot from Target, and made one. FANTASTIC! It really is as easy and good as they say, but, and it's a big but, you have to bake it at 450 degrees, and the pot said it's oven safe to 400 degrees. Did it anyway, and the black plastic handle melted a little and became loose on top. I returned the pot to Target and tried another...same deal. I've checked the website for Le creuset and they say the same thing. What do the rest of you folks do with these pots when the recipe calls for a higher temperature than the pot is rated for? Thanks.

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  1. I use a Calphalon all metal pot for my no-knead bread.

    1. I use my Le Creuset, the knob is fine. I've seen one suggestion to wrap the knob in thick layers of heavy duty foil... another person has replaced their plastic knob with a metal cabinet knob/drawer pull from the hardware store.

      Hope that helps!

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      1. re: mimilulu

        What a great idea. I can't believe I didn't think of that. I've been using my Le Creuset for the bread, but removing the handle and stopping the hole with a foil plug. What a pain doing it and undoing it all the time! I'm going to the hardware store today!

      2. I never buy cookware with plastic parts, no matter what the literature may say.

        1. Cabinet knob. Home Depot, $4.50.

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          1. I bought the red cast iron oven from Target just for this bread and just unscrew the knob from the lid. Then I plug the hole with some foil, works every time! I could use my Le Creuset but its bigger and I wanted taller not wider bread.

            1. Go to the hardware store or home Depot or Lowes and buy a stainless steel drawer/cabinet knob and install it on your pot.

              1. The knobs are good to 450 - and keep it a few inches from the oven heating element. You can buy/order a new knob for about $8.00 at a Le Creuset factory store.