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Anyone ever damage their Le Creuset by using high heat?

Posted by jono123 (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 25, 06 at 18:04

LC specifically states to use medium heat and that high heat will damage the enamel. I was at William Sonomas today and they were doing a stir fry demo using a LC wok. The presenter said that she has used high heat and had not issues with the LC pieces.

I am just curious if anyone has ignored LC's instructions and used high heat anyway and what your experience has been.


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RE: Anyone ever damage their Le Creuset by using high heat?

Yes......I had a chunk of the enamel pop off when I was making cranberry sauce in a Dutch oven....I over cooked the jelly.....and it got hot as only boiling sugar can and popped a piece of the enamel off....
Linda C


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RE: Anyone ever damage their Le Creuset by using high heat?

I am sorry to hear about that Linda but thanks for your response.


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RE: Anyone ever damage their Le Creuset by using high heat?

I have an older Le Creuset lasagna pan. For some reason, I put it in the oven to get it off the counter and forgot about it. I turned on the broiler one night and after a while I smelled a strange odor. I opened the oven and saw a smoking brown pan and realized it was my red/orange lasgana pan!

The enamel was melting, or so it appeared. I immediately and carefully took it out and placed it on some trivets. The orange enamel was now completely chocolate brown colored. As it cooled, the orange color started to come back.

It seems to be OK, but I definitely think you can harm the enamel if it gets too hot.


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RE: Anyone ever damage their Le Creuset by using high heat?

I was looking for a new roasting pan last week and the Le Creuset instructions said that 450F was the maximum. Since I routinely roast at 500F I hesitated to buy one. I ended up buying a cast iron/porcelain roasting pan, Mario Batali's brand made by Copco. It got good reviews, was less expensive and can go in a 500F oven. I bought the Dutch Oven too.

Ann


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RE: Anyone ever damage their Le Creuset by using high heat?

Several years ago, I accidentally cooked a chicken stew type dish in my Le Creuset on my electric range on high temperature, and the pot actually fused to the electric coil. I had to let the pot cool off, and sort of insert a strong knife in between the pot and the coil. The pot has some dark coil marks on the bottom, and a few small spots where the enamel is thinner. It is still functional. The electric burner still worked, too, though it had some enamel patches on it.


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RE: Anyone ever damage their Le Creuset by using high heat?

Oh boy, sure am glad that I read this. We are newbies to LC cookware, and I'm the proud owner of 5 pieces. Good to know, thanks for posting.


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