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Can food be left in an enameled dutch oven overnight?

Thanks everyone for the helpful replies! I read stuff about how people experienced rusting when they left soup in the pot overnight and I was worried about that happening to me and ruining the enamel. Under what circumstances would a dutch oven rust?

The pot I got from Costco, oddly, is a black matte enamel on the inside so I guess I don't have to worry about staining because if it does, I won't see it.

Jan 29, 2012
stargazer2190 in Cookware

Can food be left in an enameled dutch oven overnight?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new owner of an enameled dutch oven from Costco and I would like some advice on how to care for it. Is it safe to leave soups in the pot overnight or will this ruin the enamel? I have not been able to find a definitive answer on the subject. I see that the care instructions on the pot say to "dry completely before storing" but I don't know if that means I can't leave food in there for a few days.

My care instructions say to wash with hot water and soap but other instructions I read online say soap ruins the "seasoning" on the pot...please help clarify this for me!


Jan 29, 2012
stargazer2190 in Cookware

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