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Apr 22, 2010 07:19 PM

Cleaning burned LeCreuset

Burned onions making soup. Having a very hard time getting the dark residue off the bottom of the pan. Help!

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  1. Before considering more "nuclear" options, I would try the following:

    1. Fill with warm water containing some mild detergent and let it sit overnight.
    2. Scrape with a wooden spatula.
    3. Scrub with Le Creuset Pot and Pan Cleaner (a thick orange liquid cleanser made by LC).

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    1. re: tanuki soup

      I would also throw some vinegar into the soak ...

    2. if you have powdered dishwasher detergent, try using it as a scrub. It will not harm the enamel coating. Even if your detergent comes in little blocks, you can break them down into granules.

      1. Bring some water to a boil in the pan, add some baking soda, a couple tablespoons or so, and let it simmer. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the residue. It should come clean eventually. I once scorched the bottom of an LC making jam, and eventually with multiple boilings and scrubbing I succeeded in getting the burned sugar off the bottom with no harm to the finish.

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        1. re: janniecooks

          Thanks again for the tip! I caramelized onions for french onion soup and had really faint light brown/tan spots (nothing black or burnt on). I did a soapy boil a few times and scraped with a wooden spoon to no avail. The baking soda worked perfectly. I was worried it wouldn't bring it back to just like new but it did and the enamel is still nice and shiny.

        2. Alternating between boiling baking soda solution and boiling vinegar solution. Some resiude dissolve well in basic solution and some in acidic solution, thus the alternation.

          1. Thanks, trying the multiple boiling methods with baking powder alternating w/ vinegar. Will report back!