Le Creuset is renowned for producing a range of top-quality cast iron cookware products with colourful enamel effects. Originating from France, and produced in the town of Fresnoy-Le-Grand, some of the products are still made by hand. Because they are made from cast iron, Le Creuset pans can be heavy to use, but they are very durable and long lasting if you care for them and clean them correctly.
Cool down a Le Creuset pan for five to 10 minutes after use by leaving it on a draining board or on the top of your cooker with the oven turned off. Avoid putting a hot pan straight into cold water, as this can cause damage to the enamel finish on the inside of the pan.
Fill the pan with warm water and let it soak for 15 minutes or longer. This will help loosen any remains of cooked food from the bottom or sides of the pan and make it easier to clean when you wash it.
Mix hot water with standard dishwashing liquid for washing Le Creuset pans. Scrub the inside of the pan with a small cleaning brush or soft cleaning pad. Avoid using metallic cleaning pads and don’t add any cleaning agents, as both of these can damage the enamel and the inside of the pan.
Be aware that after a lot of use, the black enamel inside Le Creuset pans develops a thin brown film. This is perfectly normal and should not be scrubbed or cleaned off. In fact, it can help the cooking ability of the pan and adds to its performance.
Consider popping some of your Le Creuset pans into the dishwasher instead of washing them by hand, as long as they don't have wooden handles. Wooden handled pans should always be washed by hand only. Cleaning them in the dishwasher can cause the enamel to become duller than it originally was, but it should clean them just as well. In the case of non-stick Le Creuset pans, the inner surface of the pan should be reconditioned after being washed in the dishwasher. You can do this by rubbing a small amount of cooking oil into the surface of the pan.
Boost the look of your pans by occasionally using the specialist Le Creuset cookware cleaner. Specially designed to work with Le Creuset pans, the cleaner provides a conditioning treatment and will help your pans look revitalised and polished.
Ensure all pans are thoroughly dried before you put them away for storage in a kitchen cupboard. To keep your Le Creuset pans in tip-top condition, they should ideally be stored in an airtight cupboard where they’re away from the effects of kitchen steam.
Take care when cleaning your Le Creuset pans, as their weight can make them heavy to move around at the kitchen sink. Be careful not to drop a pan on the floor, as it could damage your flooring.