Can You Use Bar Keepers Friend on Le Creuset Dutch Ovens?

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When we think of dutch ovens, Le Creuset is the first brand that comes to mind. Their quality cookware is a timeless staple in kitchens all around the world. At a higher price point than many other dutch ovens, Le Creuset dutch ovens are an investment. However, with proper care, a dutch oven will continue to serve up delicious meals for a lifetime. Bar Keepers Friend is a great all-around cleaner that can be used to clean a lot of different cookware items such as pots, pans, and cooking utensils. But can you use Bar Keepers Friend on Le Creuset dutch ovens?

Le Creuset dutch oven

Can you use Bar Keepers Friend on Le Creuset?

Bar Keepers Friend is one of our all-time favorite cleaners to use in the kitchen and all over the home because of its effectiveness and ease of use. We have a list of just a few of the different surfaces and items you can use it on here.

Can you use Bar Keepers Friend on Le Creuset dutch ovens? Yes! Bar Keepers Friend is safe to use on all enameled cast iron including Le Creuset dutch ovens. If you have burnt or stuck-on bits inside or on the outside of your dutch oven, Bar Keepers Friend will be effective at removing them.

Another problem that is common with dutch ovens is staining. Over time with good use, dutch ovens will often turn dark brown on the inside bottom surface. This is normal and a sign that you’ve got a lot of use out of your dutch oven.

The only time staining becomes problematic in cooking is when it prevents you from being able to monitor how browned your ingredients are. If that’s the case or if you don’t like the look of it and find the stains unsightly, Bar Keepers Friend can help.

How to clean a Le Creuset dutch oven with Bar Keepers Friend

Enameled cast iron is easy to maintain and will last a long time with proper care. Unlike regular cast iron, you don’t have to worry about seasoning enameled cast iron. Plus it won’t rust.

Below is a simple method to clean any brand of enameled cast iron dutch oven. Remember to avoid abrasive pads and steel wool as these can damage the enamel on your dutch oven.

Here’s what you need:

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the dutch oven with warm water but don’t dry it off.
  2. Sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleanser into the bottom of the dutch oven.
  3. Wet a dish sponge and use it to spread the cleanser evenly over the surface.
  4. Let the cleanser sit for one minute.
  5. After one minute, use the sponge to scrub in a circular motion.
  6. Rinse the dutch oven with warm water.
  7. If stains or buildup are still present, repeat as needed.
  8. Dry with a paper towel or kitchen towel.

Dutch oven cleaning and maintenance tips

Here’s a few tips to make cleaning and maintaining a dutch oven a little bit easier:

Make cleanup easier

We’ve all burnt a meal at some point either by using too high of heat or neglecting to stir it. Before you bring out the Bar Keepers Friend or another cleaner, do the following first. Scrape out as much food as you can using a spoon or spatula. Then fill the dutch oven halfway with water and bring the water to a boil. Let it boil for 5-10 minutes.

The boiling water should loosen up a lot of the burnt food, making it easier to scrape out. Turn off the heat and carefully take the dutch oven to the sink and pour the water out. Use the spoon or spatula again to scrape out the rest of the burnt bits. Then clean as normal with your product of choice.

No abrasive cleaners

Don’t use abrasive cleaners or cleaning products such as steel wool on your enameled cast iron. Using these will scratch the enamel. Some even recommend avoiding metal spatulas/utensils. As long as you’re being careful and not banging them on the enamel, you should be okay. But if you want to play it safe, use silicone or wood utensils.

And remember, if you do chip or scratch the enamel, it’s okay. Underneath the enamel is the cast iron. Chipping the enamel won’t affect the functionality of your dutch oven, only the appearance.

Don’t use high heat

If you cook a lot with other cookware, you may be accustomed to using medium-high or high heat. But because dutch ovens retain heat so well, they actually shouldn’t be used over high heat. High heat can easily scorch the finish on a dutch oven and not to mention, it’ll burn your food a lot more quickly.

For dutch ovens, medium heat should be sufficient for just about anything you cook on a stovetop. Use high heat only if you need to boil a full pot of water. Then turn the heat down a bit when you reach boiling.

Lift, don’t slide

Dutch ovens are heavy and can easily scratch ceramic and glass stovetops as well as stainless steel and stone sinks. When moving your dutch oven, don’t slide it. Use the handles to lift it instead.