How to Clean Your Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Dutch ovens are not only easy to use, but also very easy to clean. Since 1925, they have been made from our durable enameled cast iron, so they do not require the same level of care and detail that is needed for traditional cast iron pots and pans. Enameled cast iron does not need to be seasoned before using, will not rust, can be washed with soap and is dishwasher-safe.

To make cleanup even easier, the interior of our Dutch ovens features our sand-colored enamel. This smooth glass-like surface resists staining, but also prevents sticking to make cleanup a breeze. It only takes a few simple steps to clean your Dutch oven and keep it in top shape for generations of recipes.

Dutch Oven Cleaning Tips

First off, you always want to allow the pan to cool to room temperature before cleaning. You never want to place a hot pan in cold water, or fill a hot pot with cold water. That may lead to cracking of the enamel due to thermal shock.

Le Creuset Dutch ovens are dishwasher-safe, but we recommend hand washing. Over time, constant dishwashing may lead to some dulling of the enamel finish, but this will not hinder the cooking performance.

Use a soft non-metal sponge to wash your Dutch oven with warm water and a mild soap. Rinse and dry the pot thoroughly before putting it away. That’s it!

Cleaning Stubborn Stuck-on Food

One of the most common reasons for stuck-on food is using a heat setting that is too high and overheating a Dutch oven. Because Le Creuset enameled cast iron has exceptional heat distribution and retention, you only need to use low or medium heat while cooking. But we get it! Sometimes you end up with stubborn or burnt stuck-on food that doesn’t easily come off.

If this happens to you, fill the pot with warm soapy water and allow it to soak. Or you can also fill the pot with warm water and a tablespoon or two of baking soda, and bring the water to a simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Once the food residue has softened, cool and drain the liquid in the pot. It should now be easy to use a non-metal sponge and warm soapy water to wash it off. Rinse and dry, and you should be good to go.

Sponges and Cleaners to Use

When cleaning your Dutch oven, use soft natural or nylon sponges or brushes. You shouldn’t use metal cleaning pads or abrasive cleaners because they could damage the enamel surface. As for cleaners, our Le Creuset Cast Iron cleaner will help keep your Dutch oven looking great, and is ideal for removing metal marks caused by metal tools. Bar Keeper’s Friend also comes in handy for cleaning tough stains and marks on your Dutch oven as well.



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