All my life, I have wanted to own a piece of Le Crueset cookware. It’s one of my dreams, but I would never dare pay the price tag, for fear of living in guilt for the rest of my days. Luckily, for my wedding I got a few of them, and oh my goodness, they are fantastic and beautiful and lovely and gorgeous. I use it all the time. At least twice a week.
One of the best parts of cooking with enameled cast iron cookware is it helps brown and caramelize food like nobody’s business… the bad part is that stuff can burn and burn and BURN…. and then you’re stuck with nasty gross stains and black gunk that scrapes off into your food. It’s a pain in the butt to get off, but it’s even worse to look at.
The picture above is burned natural sugars from tomato sauce I made about a week ago. I soaked that baby overnight, and I wept in the morning when it barely budged. I tried everything.
My husband insisted it just needed to soak more, but after soaking it for 3 days produced nothing, I had to get to work and fix it myself.
I scoured it.
I scrubbed it.
I soaked it again!
I boiled hot water in it, with hardcore dish soap, and scrubbed it some more.
Even the bottom of my pot looked like it had seen better days.
Then I tried Bar Keeper’s Friend. My mom suggested it to me, and gave me a little baggie of it to take home and try it.
I’m not being paid to write this, seriously, this stuff kicked the stains butt. I’m going to be stocking up on this stuff from now on.
After a little water and elbow grease… and a stiff bristled brush…
The bottom almost looked new again! I had to try it inside too…
VOILA! Like brand spankin’ new. Even Charlie was impressed. The best part? Bar Keeper’s Friend costs under $2. Tell me you’re not gonna toss it in the cart the next time you see it in the store. I am so impressed and so so so happy that my pot looks beautiful again!!
Have you ever use Bar Keeper’s Friend? Do you have a tried and true method for cleaning enameled pots? Are you gonna go out and grab some and scrub everything to a perfect shine this weekend? Sounds like a project to me! Let me know how it works for you!