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From stews to one pot meals, a dutch oven is a versatile cooking vesicle that produces delicious and juicy dishes. Whether coq a vin or beautiful French lamb stew- the possibilities are endless. But perhaps the clean-up prevents you from using your dutch oven more often. To help encourage cooking in this beautiful pot, check out these easy tips on how to clean your dutch oven without ruining the enamel!
How to Clean Your Dutch Oven
From the people who know dutch ovens, Le Creuset has a few suggestions for cleaning. Firstly, after cooking, wait for the pan to fully cool before soaking in warm soapy water. This will help prevent the enamel from cracking. After a 15-20 minutes soak, wash with a soft sponge. Another great tip for removing stains is to boil vinegar or lemon juice in the pot.
Bon Appetit suggests a mixture of water and baking soda to help clean off any stains in the pot- but warns to not use steel wool as this will ruin the enamel coating. Another great tip to help get dried or burnt food bits off the bottom, aside from a good soak, is using a soft cloth and Bar Keepers Friend!
To help maintain the coating and seasoning, Dutch Oven Dude suggests to thoroughly heat and dry the dutch oven. Once it is cool enough to work with, rub some vegetable or olive oil with a paper towel on the bottom and outside. Then use another clean paper towel to remove the excess.
Do you have any tips for cleaning? Share with us in the comments below!