Introduction: After washing your new Le Creuset, here’s how to clean it

LE CREUSET recently launched a new line of pots and pans and I was excited to try the new casserole. It is touted as the “ultimate” cooking vessel. Though it claims to be oven, dishwasher, and fridge safe, it does not come with a lid. I wanted to create a dish that would showcase the beauty of this unique piece but also provide proof that it could be used for all three purposes.
Le Creuset is a French brand that has been producing its wares in the United States for over 30 years. It sells a wide variety of pieces including but not limited to crocks, pots, pans, grills and casseroles. Each piece is designed with longevity in mind and therefore every Le Creuset piece is made of non-toxic aluminium.
I have been working with Le Creuset since they first launched in America. I was a fan of their stoneware pieces and was excited to add a collection of their pieces to my home. I have found the quality of each piece to be consistent and the price point is very reasonable compared to other brands on the market.
I have always liked mixing colors and textures – it really makes a space come alive. The casserole is made with a beautiful matte black finish on the exterior but still allows for enough glimmer for your eye to appreciate its beauty. While I appreciate the aesthetics of the piece, I was most interested in the quality of the food that was cooked in it. When preparing a dish to be used as an example of all uses, I always try to create a dish that is very representative and highlighting every quality that makes that product unique.

le creuset buffet casserole with glass lid 3.5 qt
le creuset buffet casserole with glass lid 3.5 qt

Ways to Clean a Le Creuset Casserole Lid Without Scouring Pads or Soap

I’m not a great fan of these powerful cleaning tools. They should not be immersed in water, in case they rust or degrade the plastic or rubber textured parts. To clean it properly, you need to let it soak and then brush it clean before drying and oiling the pan. But, cleaning these types of rubber lids by hand is never very pleasant, so I use a wire mesh brush. It works like a charm. You just have to be gentle.
After I clean a le creuset casserole lid, I simply oil the whole surface with vegetable oil or olive oil (castor oil also works). It does not need to be an expensive variety. The only truly special oils are those intended for food and designed especially for non-stick pans. Otherwise, you can use any vegetable oil or even cooking spray.
I also like to use baking soda to clean a le creuset casserole lid. This is the easiest thing in the world, but it works splendidly. Simply pour some soda on the inside of the lid and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The stubborn stains will disappear and your lid will be sparkling clean once again.

le creuset buffet casserole with glass lid 3.5 qt
le creuset buffet casserole with glass lid 3.5 qt

Properly Re-Seasoning Your Le Creuset – How and Why?

Now, let’s talk about cleanliness after re-heating your casserole (or anything else) in your oven. When you take the lid off, air needs to flow inside the clay body, to get out all of the residual moisture. If you don’t let it sit and cool, then there will be condensation inside your pot that will leave a residue on the surface and inside of your pot. That’s why we oil the surface of the pot before storing it.

le creuset buffet casserole with glass lid 3.5 qt
le creuset buffet casserole with glass lid 3.5 qt

How Often Should You Season Your New Le Creuxets?

I say that you should season your new pot every time you use it. If it’s been a month since last time, then don’t be too hard on yourself, but at least give it a quick re-seasoning before using it again. It should be good for at least a month of regular use.
Most le Creuset pots come with a seasoning/preparation pamphlet that suggests you re-season it about once a month.
It’s easy to forget to do, especially if your new pot is your only cooking vessel. Which is why you should follow the le Creuset cooking utensil cleaning and maintenance instructions precisely. You may have to remind or demonstrate this for other family members since they won’t be following the same routine that you are.

le creuset buffet casserole with glass lid 3.5 qt
le creuset buffet casserole with glass lid 3.5 qt