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Can you deep fry in a Le Creuset?

beggsy Jan 26, 2010 06:02 PM

Couldn't find a direct answer on their website - (8 litre enameled cast iron French Oven).

  1. nomadchowwoman Jan 26, 2010 07:00 PM

    I do--in one of mine that is unenamelled (seasoned cast iron)on the inside--although I've been told I shouldn't. Call me a rebel.

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    1. re: nomadchowwoman
      blondelle Jan 28, 2010 05:40 PM

      Le Creuset themselves told me that continued deep frying will discolor the interior of the oven over time. Has anyone found that to be true?

      1. re: blondelle
        nomadchowwoman Jan 28, 2010 07:17 PM

        Indeed, it was a salesperson in a Le Creuset store who advised me not to fry in them. And while I haven't fried in any of mine that are enamelled inside (though I'm not sure why), I have fried in the ones that have a seasoned cast iron interior--quite successfully

    2. h
      herring Jan 26, 2010 08:33 PM

      You can. I've made fish and chips and onion rings in my Le Creuset french oven, and all came out beautifully, with not a speck of harm to the pot.

      1. alkapal Jan 27, 2010 03:25 AM

        heck yeah!

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          white light Jan 27, 2010 08:00 AM

          I don't see why not. The sweet spot for a lot of deep frying is 350-375 degrees; I've had no problems using the LC to make bread using temps around 450-500.

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          1. re: white light
            nomadchowwoman Jan 27, 2010 11:03 AM

            Good point.

            1. re: white light
              wonderfullyweird May 13, 2010 04:51 PM

              I read somewhere - LC's website maybe? - that they discourage deep frying in the enamel dutch ovens because the oil can exceed the acceptable temps and can damage the enamel. But just like you said, since most deep frying is done below 400 degrees, I didn't understand why it would be that bad. I'm sure the oil could heat up to the point of damaging the enamel, but I'd think that if someone is paying attention to the oil temp, they wouldn't let it get that hot.

            2. g
              grant.cook Jan 27, 2010 10:44 AM

              Short answer: yes Short evidence: I've done it many times..

              Observe normal cautions - don't overfill, and keep a fire extinguisher handy... you are dealing with quarts of 375degree oil.

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              1. re: grant.cook
                flourgirl Jan 27, 2010 01:03 PM

                Good answer.

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                deeznuts Jan 27, 2010 03:04 PM

                Cooks illustrated finds it the best way to fry. They don't like the electric ones

                Not saying they are gospel (they get it wrong a lot) but I don't see any reason why not.

                1. m
                  macbillybob Jan 27, 2010 03:56 PM

                  I do it regularly. bought a dedicated deep fryer and it is in storage now. Only use the LC with a thermometer. Works great

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                  1. re: macbillybob
                    grnidkjun Jan 28, 2010 08:13 AM

                    what type of thermometer do you use for this.. only pot type thermometer I have is a candy one.. not sure that would work.

                    1. re: grnidkjun
                      nomadchowwoman Jan 28, 2010 09:11 AM

                      Some candy thermometers will work; it depends upon how high they register. Mine goes up to 400F.

                      1. re: nomadchowwoman
                        grnidkjun Jan 28, 2010 09:20 AM

                        thanks.. I'll double check mine!

                  2. alkapal Jan 28, 2010 04:58 AM

                    i have a philips deep fryer, but haven't used it yet. i used to have a fry-baby, and really loved its small size and quick work.

                    i have used my le creuset for deep frying, but the fry baby used a lot less oil, since we don't make a lot of fried food at once.

                    with the fry-baby, we had calamari rings a lot!

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                      knet Jan 29, 2010 04:16 PM

                      I haven't deep fried in my LC because of LC warning of potential discolouration over time but more recently I acquired the Satin Black LC French Oven which has the black interio. LC says it is more suitable for high heat. I bought it specifically for the purpose and given that LC says the Satin Black enamel will acquire a patina over time, I think the deep frying can only help that process along.

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