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PlanoPrivateer
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Frisco, TX
Member since Jan 2004
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Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
While visiting one of my sons, my wife used daughter-in-laws Le Creuset pot to cook red beans. The pot cleaned up nicely except that the enamel is now stained.

Any ideas on getting stains out of the enamel. So far we have tried boiling water in it for ten minutes. She has also tried boiling water with baking soda.

Thanks for any useful suggestions.


bogart
Member since Dec 2013
905 posts

re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
Bar Keeper's Friend has worked for me.


SmokedBrisket2018
Member since Jun 2018
581 posts

re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
Elbow grease.


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keakar
Member since Jan 2017
10560 posts

re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
vinegar is acidic and should remove it after an all night soak

if its a tough stain maybe go 50/50 mix


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KosmoCramer
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re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
quote:

Bar Keeper's Friend has worked for me.


This stuff is good.

Makes stainless steel pots look brand new.


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bdevill
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re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
quote:

Bar Keeper's Friend has worked for me.


You can wet the inside of the pot and shake Bar Keeper's Friend inside the pot, and let it sit overnight and the next morning will clean out very easily.


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KosmoCramer
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re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
In my experience you don't even need to wait that long.

15-20 minutes for the worst stain.


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Y.A. Tittle
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Member since Sep 2003
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re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
I think I've probably read things that say you're not supposed to, but I've used good old fashioned Comet in mine with no ill effects. Just clean it with soap and water afterward so you're not eating bleach.


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Twenty 49
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Shreveport
Member since Jun 2014
11462 posts

re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
Bar Keeper's is the answer for simple stains. More stubborn ones may require bleach. See below.

If you're really cooking, the enamel will develop a patina over time that does not hurt a thing. It's a waste of time to try to keep it looking new forever. I understand this is someone else's pot, so you have to do it anyway this time.

Cooks Illustrated says for stubborn stains you can use bleach as follows:

"We took a couple of stained pots from the kitchen and filled them with Le Creuset's recommended stain-removal solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach per 1 pint of water. The pots were slightly improved but still far from their original hue.

We then tried a much stronger solution (which was OK'd by the manufacturer) of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. After standing overnight, a lightly stained pot was just as good as new, but a heavily stained one required an additional night of soaking before it, too, was looking natty."

"This is a photo of a well-used pot before and after it was cleaned with a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water."



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PlanoPrivateer
LSU Fan
Frisco, TX
Member since Jan 2004
2215 posts

re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
Thanks for all the useful information. Boiling baking soda in it a second time and letting it sit until it cooled down followed by a little elbow grease did the trick.

Other then that the red beans turned out great.


hungryone
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river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
9033 posts

re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
A can of Barkeepers Friend is a necessary thing if you like to cook in enameled cast iron. Cheap, lasts forever, a little goes a long way. Great for stainless steel too.


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Centinel
Alabama Fan
South Carolina
Member since Sep 2016
18895 posts

re: Remove Stains in the Enamel Inside a Le Creuset Pot
This is why I like my Staub. Black enamel to begin with.



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