Le Creuset enamel pot - Burnt the baking soda mixture trying to clean burnt stains!
I know, I'm a total idiot, but I had burnt onions like a lot of the previous posts, and after cleaning the burnt clumps out, and I have been trying to clean the stained bottom of Dutch oven, I accidentally burnt the baking soda and water!!!!
Also, does anyone regret having bought the enamel coating as opposed to the old fashioned well seasoned cast iron coating, inside and out?
Thanks very much,
"Burnt the baking soda mixture trying to clean burnt stains! "
:) To be honest, do you mean you heat the baking soda mixture dry? I don't know if you can burn baking soda. I really don't know. Regardless, I would boil the pot with alternating vinegar and baking soda solution -- not together, but alternating. First, try heating/boiling another solution of vinegar, then clean it with soft brush or sponge, dump it, rinse it. Then, try heating/boiling baking soda solution, then clean it, dump it, rinse it.... just alternating.
"does anyone regret having bought the enamel coating as opposed to the old fashioned well seasoned cast iron coating, inside and out?"
I do prefer the regular bare cast iron cookware because it is much easier (for me) to take care of the coating and cleaning. On the other hand, many people believe the opposite. So the opinions are divided.
I don't use enameled cast iron for the same tasks I used to use bare cast iron for, so there's literally no comparison for me. Mostly, I didn't like having to season bare cast iron all the time -- hated the smell -- so I gave away my skillet and griddle pan. I kept one skillet for making cornbread and pineapple upside down cake, but I have never used it.
I use All-Clad in place of bare cast iron, and I'm a lot happier with it, though there are cheaper alternatives I wish I'd tried. I paid next to no attention to cookware brands until 2009 or so.