We j’love our Le Creuset cookware! The brand was created in 1925 with a goal of improving the versatility of cast iron cookware with a porcelain enamel glaze. And what a glaze! We’ve been collecting the “Flame” color way (of course) for years and love both the functionality and aesthetic it lends our busy kitchen. But we are sometimes guilty of mistreating our Le Creuset Dutch Oven. A braise sometimes goes dry and leaves us with a crusty, charred mess. Ugh!
When this recently happened to us, we tried our most successful kitchen cleaning hacks: Soaking with dishwasher detergent overnight; and, scrubbing with Bar Keepers Friend. Neither trick worked. Taking to the internet, we learned a cleaning technique that is mind boggling simple and requires items we already possessed in our pantry and medicine cabinet: Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
We didn’t measure any ingredients, we simply dumped about a quarter cup of baking soda into the pan and enough hydrogen peroxide to cover the bottom and not go dry when boiling. We placed the pan on low heat and let it boil and simmer for about 20 minutes while using a wooden spoon to scrape off the charred bits.
Voila! And this trick required infinitely less “elbow grease” and profanity. What are your favorite methods of cleaning cookware? Please leave your suggestions in our “Comments” section.