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16crab Mar 18, 2011 08:42 AM

I just bought a little enamel-coated dutch oven by kitchenaid. It came with these 4 rubber pieces - little U-shaped things - but there`s no mention of them in the little pamphlet with the warranty and care info. What the heck are these for and do I need to keep them É

For some reason my keyboard is giving me a É instead of a question mark, so consider this a question!

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: 16crab Mar 18, 2011 08:44 AM

    They are to protect your Dutch Oven during storage and especially during move. Place them on the rim and then put the lid on. In case, it is not clear place them down as upside down "U" and cap the rim. This way, the lid won't bang against the rim. Are they really as useful as I described? Who know. You don't have to keep them.

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      blondelle RE: 16crab Mar 18, 2011 09:49 AM

      They are useful if you want to store your oven with the lid upside down and stack another pot on top. It stops the rim, which can be rough, from scratching the lid. If you're not going to store them that way, just place them in a little Ziploc bag and keep them if you need them later.

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      1. re: blondelle
        dixiegal RE: blondelle Dec 24, 2011 09:49 AM

        I use my "bumpers" when storing to keep an air space and keep the lid from clanking the rim.

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        Miss Priss RE: 16crab Mar 18, 2011 10:58 AM

        My first enameled cast iron piece came with those little plastic bumpers. They looked as if they were supposed to be disposable, but I kept them anyway. After a short period of conscientiously replacing them each time I returned the pot to the cabinet with its lid placed upside-down on top of it, I got tired of fiddling around with them. So I threw them out and began storing the pot with an old dishcloth placed between the pot and its upside-down lid. After that, whenever I purchased a new enameled cast-iron piece, I immediately threw the bumpers out and assigned the pot its own old dishcloth. The pots and the dishcloths are all very happy.

        1. BiscuitBoy RE: 16crab Mar 18, 2011 12:58 PM

          add 2 tsp olive oil, s&p and saute them (kidding)
          Guessing they are for shipping, but I saved some of mine (4)...I find'em handy when the pot is stored, keeps the lid from banging around when I'm poking in the cabinet for something else

          1. I used to know how to cook... RE: 16crab Mar 18, 2011 02:27 PM

            Hi all,

            Seems to me using them to keep the lid lifted slightly off the pot during storage would be a good idea, ventilation-wise.


            1. breadchick RE: 16crab Mar 18, 2011 05:44 PM

              If they're heat-proof, use them to keep the lid slightly ajar when you're simmering something. If food-safe that is. My mother returned from Finland with gifts, as usual, and one was this neat little carved moose that perched on the pot edge and the antlers keep the lid tilted.

              I don't think Finland has moose (I know they have small tiny reindeer, but this little gadget could have been made anywhere.)

              It's what I thought of when you mentioned the little rubber bumpers.

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                kattyeyes RE: breadchick Mar 18, 2011 06:14 PM

                I wanna moose! That is too adorable! One of my friends is from Finland. I'll have to inquire about these little guys. Can you possibly post a pic?

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                  pericolosa RE: breadchick Mar 21, 2011 12:56 AM

                  Norway and Sweden have moose (having seen them there myself), so it's not unlikely that Finland would have them too.

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                    kattyeyes RE: pericolosa Mar 21, 2011 04:55 AM

                    Is there a name for them? I tried googling strings of related words and turned up nothing. :)

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                      BiscuitBoy RE: kattyeyes Mar 21, 2011 08:32 AM

                      try harriet-amanda-chapman in middletown, sounds like just the kinda thing they would have

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                        kattyeyes RE: BiscuitBoy Mar 22, 2011 07:52 AM

                        I thought you hit the jackpot there, but sadly, no. Ms. Chapman herself called me back--if she doesn't know of it, I'm not sure who will! Anybody have a name for these things or an image?

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                          MOSFET RE: kattyeyes Mar 22, 2011 09:37 AM

                          These what you want?

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                            kattyeyes RE: MOSFET Mar 22, 2011 09:52 AM

                            I would want them if they had antlers and looked like a moose. ;) What are these things called, please? I'm on a quest now and might be one step closer. Thanks!

                      2. re: kattyeyes
                        breadchick RE: kattyeyes Mar 22, 2011 05:54 PM

                        Okay kattyeyes, I figured out how to post a picture. Here's the "pot moose" - not sure what else to call it!

                        I almost think that anyone with tiny woodworking skills could make one for you! The antler or hind-end side determines how high you want the pot lid.

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                          kattyeyes RE: breadchick Mar 23, 2011 04:43 AM

                          breadchick for the win! YOU RULE, my friend! Thank you SO very much!!! I love him--he's even smiling, perched proudly on that pot. Really appreciate this. Have a great day! :)

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                            breadchick RE: kattyeyes Mar 23, 2011 04:09 PM

                            You too, my friend. I aim to please!!

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                            kattyeyes RE: breadchick Dec 23, 2011 12:39 PM

                            Proof I was a good girl this year--someone special custom-made a pot moose JUST FOR ME!!! I wonder what we (the moose and I!) will make first! :) Thank you again, friend!

                            And a BIG THANK YOU to my multi-talented moose-maker! I freakin' love this thing!!!

                            Pic one--pot moose wonders, "Does this make my butt look big?"

                            ♥ ♥ ♥ >>^..^<< ♥ ♥ ♥

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                              breadchick RE: kattyeyes Dec 23, 2011 05:24 PM

                              HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Nope, your moosie bootie is freakin' cute! What a great friend you have and so talented - I LOVE it!! Hey, this is a great stocking stuffer, so all your friends are going to be asking for one!

                              Happy holidays, kattyeyes!

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                                kattyeyes RE: breadchick Dec 23, 2011 06:04 PM

                                Thank you--I agree--I'm a lucky girl for sure! Did you know black cats are lucky? ;)

                                Very happy holidays to you, too, breadchick! What a fun adventure this thread turned out to be!

                                1. re: kattyeyes
                                  breadchick RE: kattyeyes Dec 23, 2011 06:20 PM

                                  I actually have a very large black cat sitting next to me. We've named him Hook - as his claws are the biggest we've ever seen.

                                  He was a street cat that had been abandoned and we've been his happy family for over two years. He joins two rambunctious corgi girls in this crazy household. Ah, life.

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                                    kattyeyes RE: breadchick Dec 23, 2011 06:32 PM

                                    A happy family indeed! Good luck is all around! ♥

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                                  rasputina RE: breadchick Jan 5, 2012 09:03 AM

                                  Those are so cute!

                                3. re: kattyeyes
                                  Chemicalkinetics RE: kattyeyes Dec 23, 2011 05:34 PM

                                  .... are you sure it is not a donkey? :)

                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                    kattyeyes RE: Chemicalkinetics Dec 23, 2011 06:20 PM

                                    TEE HEE, no, silly--it's a MOOOOOOOOOSE! Did someone tell you the donkey story?!

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                      kattyeyes RE: Chemicalkinetics Dec 23, 2011 06:28 PM

                                      Nor is it Jamiroquai! :) But I think it's a good cross of Jamiroquai and moose. Gotta be the antlers!

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                                      nomadchowwoman RE: kattyeyes Jan 9, 2012 06:03 PM

                                      Thx for pointing to this thread. I am cracking up.
                                      A big-ass pot moose. I want one.

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                                        kattyeyes RE: nomadchowwoman Jan 9, 2012 06:13 PM

                                        :) My pleasure. Now you understand!

                            2. 16crab RE: 16crab Mar 20, 2011 08:06 AM

                              Thanks everyone. I tried putting them on the lid to store and they just seem awkward every way I try to put them on. I found a place to store it with the lid upright so I probably will never need them. Threw them in the back of the cupboard just in case. I'm sure I'll discover them in 10 years and have no idea what they went with and then put them on the hubby's tool bench where they will live until he discovers them!

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                              1. re: 16crab
                                iyc_nyc RE: 16crab Mar 20, 2011 07:18 PM

                                They go on the rim of the pot, not the rim of the lid, in case you want to try again..

                              2. Midlife RE: 16crab Mar 20, 2011 01:04 PM

                                LeCreuset cast iron ovens come with four similar-sounding U-shaped pieces already in place on the rim of the oven so that the lid doesn't touch it and scratch either piece. If your KitchenAid didn't have them in place when you opened the box they could be something else, but not likely. They should fit open-end down over the rim of the oven. If they weren't in place originally, your oven may have been handled or puchased before you got it........ or (as they say about cars): it may have been "made on a Friday".

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                                  16crab RE: Midlife Mar 21, 2011 04:34 PM

                                  They actually came packaged in their own little plastic bag so I really had no clue what to do with them. I tried them on both the pot and the lid and they didn't really fit nicely on either. I imagine that the less than perfect fit is because the kitchenaid is a step down from the likes of a le creuset, but I've never had a dutch oven and wanted to get the feel for it, at 70% off :)

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                                  LovinSpoonful RE: 16crab Mar 22, 2011 12:05 PM

                                  I cannot believe that this topic has 20 replies and counting. It just shows that we will talk about anything, lol.

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                                    breadchick RE: LovinSpoonful Mar 22, 2011 06:04 PM

                                    LovinSpoonful -
                                    Yup! lol

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                                      SpringRam RE: LovinSpoonful Mar 23, 2011 04:37 PM

                                      Well, LovinSpoolful, now that I have problems storing all of the gazillions of LC pieces I have collected over the years, i wish i knew where i could get more of these little items. Maybe I need to contact LC directly. In the meantime, never assume any topic is not important to this forum. If you are not interested, do not open the thread. Obviously, your time should be directed to the important topics you consider more relevant to cooking.

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                                        BiscuitBoy RE: SpringRam Mar 24, 2011 06:45 AM

                                        Go to the plumbing department of your local hw store (orange or blue box if you must), get 2 feet of 3/8 plastic tubing, take your kitchen shears and cut into 1" segments, make a slit on one side of the segments with a paring knife, and voila, you now have a bunch of pot/lid protector doodads...total cost, between $2 and $5 dollars. Now I have to go submit this to fine cooking so I can collect my free cooking toys...Remember, you saw it HERE first

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                                          SpringRam RE: BiscuitBoy Mar 25, 2011 06:52 AM

                                          Thanks for the great idea. Right now, I just need 4 of them and your tip sounds great. I went to Sir La Table last night to see if they had any leftovers. They looked at me as if i was nuts for asking. Anyway they were fun and would have given me some if they had any spares. Most people throw them away like I have over the years.

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                                          RudysEquipment_Supplies RE: SpringRam Mar 24, 2011 09:20 AM

                                          SpringRam contact LC they should send you some no charge. If not let me know I can contact a sales rep to have them send to you.

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                                            SpringRam RE: RudysEquipment_Supplies Mar 25, 2011 06:55 AM

                                            Thanks for the offer. I may try BiscuitBoy's idea since I only need four of them. I hate to bug LC for such a few. You are very kind to offer the additional help.

                                          2. re: SpringRam
                                            LovinSpoonful RE: SpringRam Mar 24, 2011 12:51 PM

                                            Whoa SpringRam chill out! I just thought it was funny that such a long discussion had ensued from a question about plastic shipping spacers. And it *is* funny, to me. If it's deadly serious business to you, that's cool. :)

                                            1. re: LovinSpoonful
                                              SpringRam RE: LovinSpoonful Mar 25, 2011 06:58 AM

                                              Sorry, LovinSpoonful. Sometimes folks can get rather smug on this forum on matters they deem unimportant. You are not one of the them. My apology for being rather "smug" myself.

                                        3. Ambimom RE: 16crab Mar 25, 2011 08:52 AM

                                          You can purchase silicone "pot grabbers" that will sit on the edge of your pans, but at $4 apiece they're a bit pricey.


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                                            RudysEquipment_Supplies RE: Ambimom Mar 25, 2011 09:41 AM

                                            Any authorized LC dealer should know that they can get up to 50 at a time no charge...

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                                              SpringRam RE: RudysEquipment_Supplies Mar 25, 2011 10:05 AM

                                              Sir la Table, of course, is a large dealer for LC. I have bought at least a couple thousand dollars worth of kitchen stuff over the past 12 months from them. The problem is I usually never see the same salesperson twice so not much chance to develop a relationship with one who will likely go the extra mile for you, especially on such a minor item such as the little rubber things. I may ask the store manager on duty next time i am there. Thanks for your interest and help. Wish you were located in Houston!

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                                                RudysEquipment_Supplies RE: SpringRam Mar 25, 2011 10:40 AM

                                                Might want to try a smaller LC dealer not a chain store.. LC lists them on there literature request forms

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                                                  SpringRam RE: RudysEquipment_Supplies Mar 26, 2011 06:32 AM

                                                  I went back to my closest Sir La Table and requested the on-duty manager. I asked if he ever had any extra LC "bumpers". He simply asked how many I wanted and took four off of some displayed LC dutch ovens and handed them to me. He stated that 99% of folks go home with the LC products and throw the bumpers away so why not let me have some if i needed them. Happy ending.

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                                                    toodie jane RE: SpringRam Jan 10, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                    common sense FTW

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