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Help! My 2 le creuset enamel saucepans are stuck together!!!

janie Sep 7, 2012 04:11 PM

Can't get them apart, somehow my husband put one away that was slightly wet and it joined to the other, they are the same size saucepans, (med size) and they always sit nestled into one another, but this is not good...tried everything I could think of--tapping it, upside down, putting ice in top one and putting hot water through the open spout into bottom one..no go....anyone have an idea????

Soapy water didn't work either....


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    GH1618 RE: janie Sep 7, 2012 04:19 PM

    I would set it on a low heat.

    1. eight_inch_pestle RE: janie Sep 7, 2012 04:47 PM

      Hmm, the hot-water/ice-water idea was my first thought, too. Maybe the hot water didn't heat the bottom pot sufficiently? I might try filling the upper pot with ice water, the lower pot with hot water, then setting the whole thing over a burner for a little while to ensure the cast-iron in the bottom pan is heated through, adding ice as necessary to keep the top pot colder. I'd make sure the water in the bottom pot wasn't touching the bottom of the top pot, too.

      1. Chemicalkinetics RE: janie Sep 7, 2012 05:30 PM

        Yike. If it is a plain cookware, then you can just hammer them apart, but because it is enameled, it is not an option.

        I would give GH's method a try. Put the jointed pans on the stove. Turn up the heat and hope them will separate. If not, you may have to tap them apart. Roll a towel around the hand, and just tap the handle.

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          janie RE: Chemicalkinetics Sep 8, 2012 12:43 PM

          thank you so much, this worked!! I put a dishcloth on the it, and hammered really hard on the wood handles..and it finally gave way with out damaging the enamel...

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            Chemicalkinetics RE: janie Sep 8, 2012 01:38 PM


            Good to hear, Janie.

            You are lucky to have the wood handle Le Creuset saucepans. I thought you have the enameled cast iron handles, so I suggested to gently tap them apart:


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              mikie RE: janie Sep 8, 2012 08:20 PM

              I was going to suggest that if you have access to compressed air and a place to blow it into the gap in the pans, this is a good method to seperate them and will not damage the surfaces. Something for the future.

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                Chemicalkinetics RE: mikie Sep 8, 2012 09:02 PM

                <Something for the future.>

                I think a feeling that if the husband was to do this happen again, cops/army will be called in.

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                  janie RE: Chemicalkinetics Sep 15, 2012 12:55 PM

                  how right you are! :)

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            therealdoctorlew RE: janie Sep 7, 2012 05:41 PM

            When I have had an odd problem with cookware, something more to do with physics than cooking, I found that the manufacturer had the answer.

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