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How Should I Care for Cast Iron Enamel Le Creuset and Staub Fry Pans?

Thanks Bill,

I'm interested in the fact that you said "staining." Maybe that's what's going on here? It's not a lot of stuff I can feel, but there is a couple of sticky spots on the LC. The Staub though is not sticky at all.

I just didn't realize they were stainable as dumb as that may sound. In looking at my photo, would you venture a guess that is the case?

Mar 03, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Did I Season My de Buyer Carbon Steel Wok Pan Properly?

Very helpful, thank you!

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Cant get deBuyers to properly season

Sure, thank you.

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

How Should I Care for Cast Iron Enamel Le Creuset and Staub Fry Pans?

I have used Bar Keeper's Friend on them once before, but realized that was probably a mistake.

If this is just a layer that has built up, is that a layer of oil or of food, or both? And should I work to remove it? If so, how?

Thanks for your help!

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

How Should I Care for Cast Iron Enamel Le Creuset and Staub Fry Pans?

I can't seem to get my Staub or Le Creuset Cast Iron Enamel pans clean. Both have residue building up and are less than 6 months old.

I've read a lot of different articles and discussions saying one cleans better than the other, use this cleaner, not that, etc.

I'm looking for a straightforward answer.

Have I ruined my pans by cleaning them with soap and water for the most part? Once, I used Bar Keeper's Friend to remove some residue, then I read that was the wrong choice. And, it seems that a bit of the layer has been removed on the LC.

If they are not ruined, how then should I really be caring for them?

What can I do to restore my pans to their original condition and I can stop being grossed out by the thought of old food and bacteria building up? Is that food at all, or is the proper seasoning that is occurring? Or, should enamel cast iron pans be seasoned at all?

These are my pans:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/staub-fry-pan/?pkey=e%7Cstaub%7C27%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C12&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Did I Season My de Buyer Carbon Steel Wok Pan Properly?

That's what I was thinking, that it doesn't look like the photos of seasoned pans. But as I mentioned, I did heat a thin layer of oil for five minutes.

What to do from there?

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Did I Season My de Buyer Carbon Steel Wok Pan Properly?

I rinsed it in hot water just as it directed, but I did not clean it.

What do you mean "burn it in?"

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Cant get deBuyers to properly season

I tried that and it seems to have eaten into the layer a bit.

Do you mind if I ask why you don't use that kind? Just curious and trying to learn.

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Did I Season My de Buyer Carbon Steel Wok Pan Properly?

Here's what I did per the instructions:

I rinsed it in hot water.

I boiled potato skins for five minutes.

Threw them away, heated oil high in Omega-3 (Smart Balance I believe) for five minutes.

Threw it away, wiped it with a towel.

This photo is what I got after doing the potatoes. This came before the oil. I haven't seen anything indicating that this is right.

In case you've seen me elsewhere, yes, I have a thread for whether or not I ruined my Le Creuset and Staub pans as well. I'm an intelligent person, but I literally feel like this pan mess is Rocket Science. It's getting very frustrating to work out and I am about to give up and go to Target for a cheap pan every month.

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Cant get deBuyers to properly season

I'm going to ask you the same question that I asked someone above, because you are mentioning pans should be free of crud. I feel like I have crud...

I actually have a question about this, one is that I am currently involved in a similar discussion regarding my LC and Staub enamel cast iron pans. I feel like I've ruined them, and I keep getting a million different answers. Still not quite sure what's up. My residue is sticky! Isn't that food? It shouldn't be on there, right? But how do I remove it without removing the enamel coating?

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Cant get deBuyers to properly season

I actually have a question about this, one is that I am currently involved in a similar discussion regarding my LC and Staub enamel cast iron pans. I feel like I've ruined them, and I keep getting a million different answers. Still not quite sure what's up. My residue is sticky! Isn't that food? It shouldn't be on there, right? But how do I remove it without removing the enamel coating?

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Can't Get Staub or Le Creuset Pans Clean? Am I Doing Something Wrong?

They are cast iron enamel, does the same still apply?

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Can't Get Staub or Le Creuset Pans Clean? Am I Doing Something Wrong?

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Can't Get Staub or Le Creuset Pans Clean? Am I Doing Something Wrong?

Ok, that's all very helpful if my pans were just cast iron, but they aren't, so like you said, that's probably a different story. I'm sorry that I didn't specify that they were (I actually didn't realize that LC or Staub made both).

These are my first pans, and I'm relatively young, (nope, mom's not around to help), so while I may see really dumb about this, I'm appreciating the advice and education.

Does it make a difference that these are my pans:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/staub-fry-pan/?pkey=e%7Cstaub%7C27%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C12&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Feb 27, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Can't Get Staub or Le Creuset Pans Clean? Am I Doing Something Wrong?

Thank you, but if you read the reply above yours, Candy says to use over cleaner... this is why I've gotten so confused, so many opinions on it. But your reply does seem to make sense, and goes with the majority of what I've read.

Could you confirm for me please that the photo I attached in my Reply to my Question is a good representation of what they should look like after a lot of use?

Thank you in advance.

Feb 26, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Can't Get Staub or Le Creuset Pans Clean? Am I Doing Something Wrong?

Staub on top, LC on Bottom

Feb 26, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware

Can't Get Staub or Le Creuset Pans Clean? Am I Doing Something Wrong?

I can't get my Staub or Le Creuset pans clean. Both have residue building up and are less than 6 months old.

I've read a lot of different articles and discussions saying one cleans better than the other, use this cleaner, not that, etc.

I'm looking for a straightforward answer. Have I ruined my pans by cleaning them with soap and water for the most part? Once, I used Bar Keeper's Friend to remove some residue, then I read that was the wrong choice.

What can I do to restore my pans to their original condition and I can stop being grossed out by the thought of old food and bacteria building up?

Feb 26, 2012
KateBristow in Cookware