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Oct 3, 2011 02:20 PM

How do I clean this?

I cooked fried chicken last night and some of the oil must have dripped over the sides of the pan and is now stuck to the bottom. What would be safe to clean this? If it were a metal pan I would spray with oven cleaner and be done with it. I tried soaking and it didn't make a difference. Any suggestions?

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  1. If it's not metal what is it?

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    1. re: Quine

      It's a Le Creuset. Cast iron with enamel coating.

      1. re: Sydneyeats

        A non-scratch cleaner like ones made for bathrooms?

      1. re: inaplasticcup

        That was my first thought as well, but wasn;t sure if it would scratch. Bar Keeper's friend is amazing.

        1. re: inaplasticcup

          I tried the powder and liquid version of Bar Keeper's Friend. It didn't make a difference.

          I must say I'm not a fan of the liquid version of Bar Keepers Friend----it has an odor that really turned me off.

          1. re: Sydneyeats

            I don't think the BKF liquid works as well, either. Plus it separates and becomes unusable after a while.

            Ammonia is great at getting old or cooked grease off of things. YMMV on enamel, however.

        2. Have you tried just soaking in hot water & dawn? Dawn makes a good product called power dissolver that works great on tough grease but I don't know if it would be safe for the enamel or not. It worked to get the grease splatters from a deep fryer off of some appliances and the backsplash, but I acidentally wiped some of the lettering/numbers off my toaster.
          Just curious why you didn't take the sticker off the bottom before using it?

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          1. re: ShawnPA

            Thanks! I will try the power dissolver next. I have used this pan for several years and the sticker has not come off. No amount of soaking or dishwashing would even make it budge.

          2. Le Creuset makes a (liquid) enamel cleaner. I've never used it but it may have some ingredients in it that the liquid BKF doesn't. (it's worth a try)

            I've heard using a soak of water and a couple of denture cleaning tablets works on burnt enamel. Of course it's intended for pan-interior burns but if you have a basin or sink you can upend your pot in, you could try that overnight. I'd think that you'd need a number of tablets, depending on how large your pot is. Supposedly the enzymes in the fizzy tablets acts on the organic particles and lifts them away. Again, worth a try.

            Silly question but have you contacted Le Creuset directly to ask the best method? I'm sure you're not the first cook to ever do that. :-) Email at , as per their website.

            1. Put the pan inside a larger pot filled with enough water to cover the oil residue, add baking soda and bring to a boil. After a few minutes, try scraping off the residue with something that won't scratch the enamel -- like a nylon scraper. If that doesn't work, keep boiling and try again. It will work.
              Also, you should be able pretty easily to scrape the residue off with a single edge razor blade without harming the enamel. This may not be for the faint of heart, especially for the curved sides of a pan. But it works too.

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              1. re: pericolosa

                Along those same lines, I wonder if using vinegar instead of baking soda would work as well or better. I recently acquired a new set of enameled cookware and the use instructions said to boil a solution of vinegar/water in it before first use. The same method is also recommended if oil/fat deposits need to be removed. It's possible that vinegar (acidic) may be more effective at cutting oils than baking soda (neutral).

                1. re: skyline

                  Baking soda is only neutral when it is balanced in solution by an acid, such as vinegar. Sodium bicarbonate - baking soda - is a salt that, when dissolved in water, produces a basic solution.

                  The method I use to clean Le Creuset pans in these situations, and that I described above, doesn't dissolve the oil residue.

                  Rather, it causes the residue to separate from the enamel in sheets. Notice I described the need to scrape. So maybe this cleaning process is better termed mechanical than chemical.

                2. re: pericolosa

                  "add baking soda and bring to a boil."

                  Agree for most part, except the original poster has the oil residue on the exterior surface, so the boiling method will not work. I would just make a baking soda paste and apply it on the cookware and wait a few hours. Al

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    The other part of the suggestion was to put the pan to be cleaned inside of a larger pot containing the water to be boiled, that way the exterior would be the part in contact with the baking soda solution.

                    1. re: pericolosa

                      Thanks for clarifying. That makes sense.