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Heating empty Le Creuset?

This is true. And Amazon just had a sale on the lodge Dutch oven ($22 instead of $30 if I recall). You can set up price alerts on this site: http://www.dealsfargo.com/price-tracker/

Jan 15, 2009
niebeendend in Cookware

Heating empty Le Creuset?

Yes, it will work. I have 7.25 Qt which is pretty big. Your loaf just might be a bit flatter (not necessarily a bad thing). Another trick which might help is to do the 2nd rise in a saucepan or mixing bowl approximately the diameter you desire. This will give the dough more height and most likely result in a taller loaf.

Also, RE discoloration:
The enamel on mine has not discolored, but some brown residue from the browning dough would just not come up with regular soap and water. I ended up springing for the fancy Le Creuset cleaner ($10) and it worked like a charm. It seems to contain bleach and a microabrasive, so other things might work just as well (some have mentioned SoftScrub and Bar Keeper's Friend). But I'm worried about the warranty, so I figure using on LC approved cleaner is a good idea. And for $10, it only took a little bit to clean the pot. So it should last a little while.

Jan 15, 2009
niebeendend in Cookware

Bittman Non-Stick

Thanks for the effort! I was doing the same (looking on Amazon). It seems to be slicker than anodized aluminum would be, but I guess they were using a good bit of oil in most of the videos. Basically, I am looking for a solid non-stick for a reasonable price. I paid ~$30 for a calphalon one which was ok for about a year before the teflon started to turn an odd color and scrape up (I took good care of the pan, hand washing, etc.). I'm looking at maybe getting a restaurant Wear-Ever with the Ceramiguard II (like here http://www.webstaurantstore.com/12-li...). Any thoughts?

Jan 12, 2009
niebeendend in Cookware

Bittman Non-Stick

Does anyone know what brand/model of non-stick fry pan Mark Bittman uses his in Minimalist videos?

Here's a link:

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/0...

Thanks!

Jan 12, 2009
niebeendend in Cookware