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cleaning le creuset

(31 Posts)
hermykne Tue 22-Feb-05 13:51:22

anyone know of a way to clean these blinking heavy casserole pots and pans, whilst i like the look they are a nuisance to clean. you cant put them in dishwasher or can you?

moondog Tue 22-Feb-05 13:52:47

Bit of bleach and water in, and leave to soak.
Just moved into a house with a d/washer and regularly put mine through.
Seem ok.

motherinferior Tue 22-Feb-05 13:53:35

I dishwash mine. One of them is beginning to look a bit knackered, but since I've had it since I was 19 - 22 years - I reckon it's doing better than me, tbh.

littlemissbossy Tue 22-Feb-05 14:01:46

taken from le creuset website

What is the best way to clean my pans?
Everyday washing can be done in hot sudsy water, rinsing and drying thoroughly. Occasional cleaning with Le Creuset's Pots and Pans specialist cleaner will condition the surface and remove any light discoloration caused by strong colours in foods, curries for example.

Is Le Creuset cookware dishwasher safe?
Yes, pans with plastic or metal handles may be washed in a dishwasher. Pans with wooden handles should be washed by hand as described above.

moondog Tue 22-Feb-05 14:01:57

lol MI!!
I think they've got a lifetime guarantee, so if the enamel wears away, they'll redo it for you. (Or is that an urban myth?)

BTW, just seen them in a fab new colour...can't remember what though, just that it was nice (duhhh!!!!) Better than my lurid orange, although that is starting to look quite funky in a retro sort of way. can buy then for 1/2 the price in French supermarkets.Called 'Cousances' but same thing (swears sister who has lived in france for 20 years.)

Crikey, I'm a right little Marguerite Pattern today.

motherinferior Tue 22-Feb-05 14:03:30

Once, many years ago, I bought a Cousances frying pan in a French supermarket and then carried it all the way home from holiday in my backpack.

Really knew how to mis-spend my youth, didn't I

expatinscotland Tue 22-Feb-05 14:04:00

I use a tip from Kim & Aggie from 'How Clean Is Your House?'. Boil the kettle and pour the contents into the Le Creuset pan. Let it sit till cool, then wash with Fairy and a plastic-bristled brush.

almost40 Tue 22-Feb-05 14:04:14

I put them in the dishwasher and haven't noticed any fading or wear at all. Moondog, the orange is fabulous and retro!

motherinferior Tue 22-Feb-05 14:05:35

The non-stick does go in the dishwasher eventually, I notice from the little pan an ex-boyfriend gave me ^after I'd chucked him^.

hermykne Tue 22-Feb-05 14:07:21

moondog i saw them yesterday in pale blue in debenhams, looks v nice.

thanks for the tips, i hope the dishwasher can take the buildup of god knows what off them

Eeek Tue 22-Feb-05 14:07:48

biological washing powder, left overnight will clean just about everything

moondog Tue 22-Feb-05 14:07:57

MI!!! Just the sort of thing the Moondog siblings would do!!! lol!!
My sister used to bring huge haunches of ham home in her rucksack when she was studying in Spain, and once found a double bed in the street in Toulouse and carried it all the way home to the garret her and her dh shared as newly weds. (Then she found a beggar girl in the street and took her home and let her sleep in it for a week while they slept on the floor.)
I swear that is true!!! She is small but strong as an ox.

moondog Tue 22-Feb-05 14:09:55

Thanks almost40 for the reassurance re grooviness of pans.
Hermykne, yes, a powdery blue was it?

almost40 Tue 22-Feb-05 14:26:42

The pans are heavy, aren't they? My mother refuses to wash them and curses the day I ever received them (i.e., my wedding - a topic for another day). She claims she is not able to lift them. My SIL swears that food tastes better when cooked in the Le Creuset. Does anyone agree?

Kayleigh Tue 22-Feb-05 14:28:55

Mine have got wooden handles and I put them in the dishwasher. Have had them almost 12 years and still going strong.

expatinscotland Tue 22-Feb-05 14:29:47

I agree, Almost! I LOVE my Le Creusets and am still 'collecting' pieces. I like the orange ones b/c they're kitschy. I don't have a dishwasher but even if I had I would still wash my Le Creusets by hand.

snafu Tue 22-Feb-05 14:31:49

I've got a gorgeous kitschy orange casserole, and some blue stuff too. I love them, even though they are hellish heavy. I think red is the new colour? and it's lovely.

almost40 Tue 22-Feb-05 14:32:47

Expatinscotland, it's good to hear that. I wonder why though.

vkr Tue 22-Feb-05 14:36:33

I take the wooden handles off mine and then put the pans in the dw. No-one washes dishes in this house

Casseroles with baked on brown get a dose of milton every now and again - or dissolved denture cleaning tablet solution

hermykne Tue 22-Feb-05 14:48:40

you must have arms like mr muscle, they are a bugger to clean by hand !!!

expatinscotland Tue 22-Feb-05 15:00:39

They're not so bad if there's n/thing else in the sink. Of course, it'd be a lot easier in a Belfast sink - sighs whimsically. . .

moondog Tue 22-Feb-05 15:59:23

My best meals ever were in Le Creuset stuff cooked on an Aga (old house...sigh)
BTW, those Belfast sinks are a waste of time. had a double one. they're too big for the average dishwashing session and also a bugger to keep clean.

hermykne Tue 22-Feb-05 15:59:54

ah yes a nice belfast sink in my dream kitchen,

i fantasise that too!

BethAndHerBrood Tue 22-Feb-05 19:05:33

To clean them hassle free - get somebody else to do it!!!!! Sorry, I don't have them, a friend does and I can barely lift them!!!!

Twiglett Tue 22-Feb-05 19:13:48

I want one

I want a big round traditional orange one

I want one I want one I want one

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