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Pot lid bumpers/guards for cast iron cookware

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Is there a place to purchase the rubber/plastic lid bumper guards that came with my LC dutch oven? I intend to store my pot with these, but know that I will probably loose them eventually. I would also like some more for my non-enameled dutch oven. I was thinking how that would be great to keep the lid up for air circulation in storage.

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  1. Call or write LC. I'll bet they have them. http://www.lecreuset.com/en-us/About-...

    Or maybe one of the LC stores. They must have zillions. http://lcstores.com/

    1. I don't know that there is a reason to store your LC dutch oven with the bumpers in place, they are there for shipping purposes where the pot and lid could be (what am I saying, will be) exposed to rougher treatment than they will see in your kitchen. There's no reason not to use them either, but in your kitchen storage souldn't be any more dangerous than cooking. Many of the DOs I see in department stores and kitchen shops are on display without the bumpers, if they will survive that kind of abuse, they should do fine sitting on a shelf. I have to admit, I kept the ones that were on our pots, but after the first couple of cooking episodes decided they weren't necessary. If you have special storage needs where they might get josseled around, you know, like in the trunk of your car, then added percautions would be in order.

      Now quit posting and quelque chose de cuisinier!

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      1. re: mikie

        What they're for is when you stack your ovens on top of each other with the lids upside down. They keep the rough edge on the oven from scratching the top of the lid. You don't want to do this on your stovetop, btw, just in case you would accidentally turn on the wrong burner.

        1. re: Jay F

          But to stack them, wouldn't you need more than one?

          Just kidding with ya. I've got Staub and they are stacked with the lids down side up, I haven't noticed any scratches, at least not yet. Maybe it's the difference in the brands, but I don't notice the lip of the pot being that rough. As I said, I started out using them that way but since decided I didn't need to. You would think someone would take the initiative to design a really nice edge guard and sell it at an outragous profit.

          What I would suggest as a MacGyver substitute would be to get a length of 1/4 to 3/8 inch clear plastic tubing, cut it into short pieces, then split one side, this will clamp on the rim and provide cushion. Should be easy and inexpensive and no further away than your local home improvement or hardware store.

          1. re: Jay F

            I believe they also allow air circulation so that moisture doesn't get trapped in the pot and grow mold while it's being stored.

          2. re: mikie

            Actually some of the enameld dutch ovens I see on display are chipped around the rims. I just liked the idea of storing it with the bumpers.
            LOL you sound like my husband with the MacGiver idea. Almost everything in my old house is being used for something other than it was intended.
            If I can't locate some lid bumper/guards (or whatever they are called) I will check out the hardware store, or even my husbands workshop.:o)

            As I look at the 4 or so inch blanket of snow outside, I am thinking a big pot of chili may be in order.

            1. re: dixiegal

              I'm sure if you get the right person on the phone from LC they will send you a handful. If not let me know I might be able to get you some

              1. re: MOSFET

                Ok thanks!

          3. You could use some plastic binder thingys they make for report folders, the one that slide down the edge. They work

            1. I'd just buy some clear plastic tubing, maybe 3/4 inch in diameter or so. Cut it into 1-inch pieces and slit each one down the side so it can be fitted over the edge of the pot. Put three of them around the rim. Total cost: $2 for 100?

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              1. re: tanuki soup

                Oh yea, the clear plastic tubing would be a great idea! THANKS

              2. For smaller pots, I put a heavy duty paper towel between lid and the pot (cast iron and clay). I don't do that with enameled steel. I don't have any expensive enameled cast iron.

                1. So with all this talk about scuffing and scratching, do I have my head in the sand? When I was a kid my mother just had the pots and pans stacked on shelves under the countertop, she had a very small gally style kitchen. I remember later she had them hanging on the wall in the utility room, jsut a few steps from the stove. You would have had to know my mother, but if it was good enough for her, it should be good enough for everyone. Now she never had really nice pots and pans, or any other really nice kitchen stuff for that matter, but she took care of what she had. My son got a lot of her genes, his All-Clad is in a rack where not pot or pan or lid can possibly come within an inch of oneanother. Our pots and pans on the other hand are stacked inside each other in drawers with no protection. Now these are 40 year old pots and pans, so they have seen some ware and tear. The enameled cast iron is in a closet where they are not josteled around to get other things out, but they are stacked on each other. Is protection really necessary to keep them from scratching or have we just been lucky so far?