How to Use and Care for Le Creuset Bakeware

Le Creuset being used for making soup
cooking with Le Creuset slowly and steadily produces better results than hob cooking

It’s a fact that when you buy Le Creuset bakeware, you’re getting quality and the best of both baking worlds. Heavy-duty, durable, cast iron pots, coupled with the benefits of a strong enamel coating. This takes the hassle out of cleaning and seasoning bare cast iron, and also transforms the bakeware into something that’s very safe to use.

As the National Institutes of Health states, *‘chronic toxicity associated with the use of enameled cookware under normal circumstances is extremely low and negligible’.

When I’m asked what’s been my best bakeware investment, it’s LeCreuset, without question. After years of faithful service the ‘cost per use’ price is down to cents.*

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Is Le Creuset worth the price?

Once you’ve used this cookware you’ll have no doubt it’s worth every penny. It’s a quintessential part of every cook’s kitchen, and it lasts. Care for it properly and this is cookware that you pass down to your children. And they’ll love it too.

Le Creuset bakeware is widely considered to be some of the best cookware in the world.

Unfortunately a few home cooks have reported faults with the pots, and with the outcome of their kitchen efforts. They are absolutely in the minority and it is because they don’t fully understand the ways in which Le Creuset should be used. Let’s go through the key points to remember for longevity of the bakeware, and ensure your optimal baking results – every time.

What is Le Creuset bakeware?

Individually crafted by French artisans from the finest quality materials since 1925, the range includes cast iron casserole round and oval casseroles, skillets, cast iron roaster, baking sets, roasting tin and saucepans and pots. A quality range to cover cover all aspects of cooking and baking.

Enamel Casserole and Pans


The enamel cast iron dishes are known for stunning color choices to co-ordinate with your kitchen decor.

The durable enamel coating is resistant to staining and easy to clean, making it a breeze to maintain with sticking minimized and the pans don’t require ‘seasoning’. 

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Think of Le Creuset Cast Iron Signature range more as a slow cooker or crockpot, rather than an ‘everything pot’.

Also known as ‘dutch ovens’ or as Le Creuset prefers to call them ‘french ovens’, they are all referring to the same product. The classic definition is ‘a cast-iron pot with thick walls and tight-fitting lid causing heat to be trapped inside the pot’.  Le Creuset is loved for its perfect designs and exceptional heat retention. The Dutch Oven locks in steam to return moisture and flavor back to the food to produce mouth-watering results.

Food keeps cooking when it’s moved from the heat source and stays warm for much longer than if the meal was cooked in traditional pots and pans.

Le Creuset Roasting Pans

Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Enameled Roaster is versatile choice for meats and vegetable dishes (a good choice for lasagne), crumbles and layered dishes. Use in the oven, on the hob, under the grill, or on induction cooktops. Easily moves from oven to table..

Le Creuset Stainless Steel roasting pan with non-stick rack.3 layer bonded 3 ply stainless steel and aluminium layered for classic roasting and baking. Can be used on electric, gas, ceramic and induction hobs as well as grill and oven.

These roasting pans are the epitome of culinary elegance.

Even heat distribution perfectly roasts meats and vegetables. And the generous sizes provide ample space for large cuts, while the deep sides prevent spills and splatters.

Le Creuset is better than a slow-cooker

While a slow-cooker will do the job, if you slow-cook acidic dishes often, the acidic foods will eventually react and wear down the stainless steel, whereas they will not react with the enamel coating. When we talk about acidic foods, we’re referring to slow cooking with wine, tomatoes, lemons etc.

a Le Creuset shallow casserole pot
low heat improves longevity of Le Creuset bakeware

How to use Le Creuset

This is a guide to using your Le Creuset Dutch Oven at low temperatures, protecting the pot and creating perfect results every time.

Great Results at Low Heats

One of the main concerns people have is that cooking at low temperatures won’t produce optimal results. Using Le Creuset as a type of slow cooker or crockpot produces excellent results for stews, casseroles and curries. In fact any cooking where you want a delicious, rich flavor to develop.

If you’re using the bakeware on the hob, consider which ring would be the best option. The manufacturer advises that you should choose a ring that, when lit, creates an even distribution of heat all across the base of the pot*, but not one that is so big that the base is exposed to a highly focused, intense heat.

The cookware itself handles temperatures up to 500°f but if using the Signature Range (which are the Dutch Ovens), please note that the black phenolic knob on the lid is oven safe to a temperature of 375°f.

Browning meat or thickening sauces

Tips to ensure you get great results, even when using at lower temperatures.

  • For browning or braising meat or thickening sauces, the secret is to heat the pot slowly but consistently on the hob, until the pan reaches the ideal temperature. A temperature that starts to seal the juices into the meat, or begins to boil a sauce or stock. Once this temperature has been reached, the pot can be transferred into a moderately warm oven where it will continue to cook with even heat distribution, rather than through the heavily concentrated heats of the hob burner.

Note: Cooking slowly and steadily produces even better results than quick hob cooking, as it gives the flavors a chance to develop beautifully.

Think about how a curry or chilli always tastes better the next day because the flavors have had a chance to develop.

Cooking rice and potatoes with Le Creuset

For rice and potatoes that need to be boiled on the hob, rather than baked in an oven, Le Creuset bakeware is still an excellent choice. As with meats or sauces, slowly bring the water up to boiling point, and then pop the lid on and turn the heat right down – as low as it will go, or you could even turn it off completely. As long as there’s a tight seal between the pot and the lid, the food will continue to cook in the steam.

Why buy Le Creuset bakeware


Although there are cheaper options and brands in the market, Le Crueset is a valued, quality addition to your kitchen and should last a lifetime.

These are an investment in quality. If you break down the ‘cost per use’ over the years of service these products will give you; well we think there’s no comparison.


If you’ve seen reviews about Le Creuset saying the product didn’t really live up to expectations, it could be because they weren’t using the pot in the correct manner. It’s important to understand the ways in which Le Creuset should be used to ensure longevity of the pot, and get optimal baking results.

What you need to know about Le Crueset

The underlying cast iron conducts and retains heat very well, with the metal expanding when exposed to heat, and contracting once cool.

What causes cracks in the enamel of bakeware?

Rapid heating can cause the metal to expand too quickly, creating cracks. They are sometimes so small that they can’t be detected, are the main reason cooks struggle to use their Le Creuset.

Cracks that expose the bare cast iron can cause food to stick to the pan, and can contribute to the formation of rust.

It’s not difficult to keep your Le Creuset bakeware healthy. The secret is to avoid high heats as much as possible, sticking instead to low or medium heat which won’t crack the enamel.

complete le crueset gift set

How do I clean Le Creuset bakeware

Use warm, soapy water. You can make cleaning easier by soaking the pan. Let the pan sit with the soapy water, 15 – 20 minutes, and then wash normally. Don’t use boiling hot water, you want to avoid thermal shock/ heat shock.

What does thermal shock mean?

Simply put, adding too hot or boiling water to a cold pan, over time, can cause thermal shock which can create hairline cracks in enamel. In the same way, plunging a hot pan into very cold water can cause shock.

Don’t use harsh abrasives and scourers on the enamel. Instead opt for soft cloths, non-metal scrubbing pads or a wooden spatula.

Do you have hard to remove spots?

We all know that baking soda is a hidden gem to have in the kitchen cupboard, but if you simmer water in your french oven and add a small amount of baking soda (about 1-2 tablespoons, depending on the size of your pan) or soap, let it cool, and then clean using your soft sponge, spots will be much easier to move. If they’re still stuck – try a little diluted vinegar. Rinse well.

Tough stains

Any stains and burnt-on food marks can be removed using Le Crueset cleaner and protector. Just use a little on a sponge, leave it for around 10 minutes and wipe over to remove residue.

As alternatives, I have heard that using a Magic Eraser or bar keepers friend for stains works well. Caution: don’t use these products aggressively as they may dull the shine or enamel finish. I don’t use these myself however, so I can’t recommend them from personal experience.

My Le Creuset bakeware is a lifelong investment for me so I prefer to use the recommended Le Crueset cleaner and protector to clean and I’ve had no problems with this.

Knowledge is the key

Understanding why enamel-coated pots need to be treated in specific ways is the secret to boosting the longevity of your pot, and producing delicious, mouthwatering meals each and every time.

Le Creuset bakeware is some of the very best in the world, and knowing how to use it will have you looking like a true pro in the kitchen.

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