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Chipped Le Creuset french oven large 7 1/4 qt pot ;-(

hungryinmanhattan Mar 20, 2011 04:36 PM

My Le Creuset french oven has 3 chipped round-ish spots where the enamel looks completely gone. Is it still safe to cook in or will more chips go into my food? It was so costly but I don't want to use it unless I am sure it is family-safe. I do not know how they happened but t is not a new pot, so I am sure it is not the company's fault. I am sure I chipped it somehow. Can I still use it or should I discard it? I appreciate your replies.

  1. LaureltQ Mar 20, 2011 06:44 PM

    Did they appear over time?

    That would determine whether it was one incident or it happened over time.

    1. kaleokahu Mar 20, 2011 06:49 PM

      Hi, hungryinmanhattan:

      IMO, probably completely safe; the issue is cosmetic. Perhaps healthier if the family need iron.


      1. Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2011 06:52 PM

        I cannot imagine enamel porcelain gradually fades away. It must have chipped. It is really up to if you want to keep it. It is most probably fine to cook with and many people do. However, Le Creuset or any company would not advise continuous usage. It will not stand by behind a defected product. Have you tried to contact Le Creuset? It may will to exchange a new one for you either for free or for a reduced price. You are the second or third person reporting a broken Le Creuset with a short period of time.

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          pericolosa Mar 21, 2011 12:44 AM

          If the enamel remaining around the chipped spots has a rough edge that could catch on food, there is the possibility of more flaking off and getting ingested, which of course you'd want to avoid.

          Assuming the chips are on the interior of the pan, not on the rim or the exterior... I'm having a hard time imagining how chips happen, short of the pan being dropped from some distance onto a hard surface. Unless some young child was using it as a drum and beating it with a metal ladle? So maybe they are due to manufacturing issues and you could get a replacement? I had some issues with a pot show up over 10 years after I bought it, having used it a lot, and so it's not impossible that some manufacturing defects won't show up quickly.

          Depending on the size and location of the chips, one might be able to connect the damage to an abusive fall. I've dropped an enameled steel pot which hit the floor on it's edge, along the bottom rim, and that didn't dent the pan but it did cause a good sized, irregular flake of enamel to fall off. Looking at the shape and location of the damage and the lack of any other flaws, it's difficult to imagine the damage was caused by anything other than gross abuse. I imagine the Le Creuset people would be pretty good at figuring out the source of any chips.

          1. Caroline1 Mar 21, 2011 07:00 AM

            I have a Le Creuset pan that got seriously chipped inside back around 1958. Never stopped using it. I know mine is safe, but I can't guarantee yours. Well, unless it was made before 1958. '-)

            1. BiscuitBoy Mar 21, 2011 08:29 AM

              I wouldn't cook in it anymore...If lc leaves you twisting, I'll give you $10 bucks for it and pick up the shipping tab...

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              1. re: BiscuitBoy
                hungryinmanhattan Mar 21, 2011 04:51 PM

                First let me say I thank you all for the good responses. And bisBoy-strange response!
                No young kids, and the 3 chipped areas are on the inside bottom. I did not drop it at all. Maybe I will contact LC just to see if I could perhaps buy a discounted one. They just appeared and I am not 100% sure even when! I am concerned about flaking but it was bought about 1980. I always told my family LC will be passed from generation to generation, so I never minded spending the high cost on it over the years. Somewhat dismayed at these chips on the bottom of the pot, as these were an investment.

                1. re: hungryinmanhattan
                  Chemicalkinetics Mar 21, 2011 04:53 PM

                  "I always told my family LC will be passed from generation to generation..."

                  You can still pass a chipped pot to your children if you want to.

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                lunchslut Jan 12, 2012 11:22 PM

                I was under the impression LC had either a lifetime or a very long (20 year +) warranty. You may want to lok into exchanging the pot.

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