Q about Le Creuset (or other enameled) cookware

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Q about Le Creuset (or other enameled) cookware
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Tue, 04-17-2012 - 10:37pm

Ok ladies, I know a number of you use (or have used) Le Creuset cookware so I thought I'd ask.

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Registered: 01-31-2001
Hi Cammy,
Is the pan smoking hot before you put the burger patties in? For them to get a nice sear as soon as you put them in is really important.
Also, to clean your enamel and ceramic cookware I swear by Barkeeper's friend. It's a scouring powder that is safe for all surfaces.
They've also come out with new non-stick surfaces that don't chip or flake and are not made with teflon. You can look into one of those.
Do you have a grill pan? Again, getting it very hot before putting the food in is key. But I love my All-Clad grill pan for burgers.
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Thanks, Cathy.

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Good to *see* you Cammy! Your siggy pic is so cute! Enameled cast iron might not be the right tool. They are not supposed to be heated on high, which I find necessary to get that sear. If they are heated on too high of a heat, that alone may cause them to darken (I know this from experience, sadly). BKF is the best way to clean these pans, but once they darken, I don't know that it is possible to completely reverse it. There are lots of tips on the internet for doing this -- bleach, lemon juice, white vinegar, but none of them really worked for me. So, I use a regular cast iron pan or griddle for indoor burgers.
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I've had a lot of success cleaning pans with a mix of lemon juice & salt. I cut a lemon in half and pour some coarse salt into the pan and scrub away using the lemon as a scrubber. I'm not sure it will work on the enamel tho.
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Hi Jamie!

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Thanks, Cathy, I'll keep that in mind.