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To ensure a lifetime of enjoyment and durability from your LeChef enamel cast iron cookware and uncoated cast iron cookware, please be sure to follow the following guidelines in care and use:

Can I wash the enamel cast iron cookware in the dishwasher?

How do I hand wash my enamel cast iron cookware?

How do I wash my uncoated cast iron cookware?

What utensils should I use to cook with my enamel cast iron cookware?

Safety Guidelines when cooking with cast iron cookware.

Does my enamel cast iron cookware need to be seasoned?

How do I season and cook with my uncoated cast iron cookware?

What types of cooking mediums can I use with my enamel cast iron cookware?

What is the best way to cook with my enamel cast iron cookware on the stove top?

Does a black matte / satin enamel sear or brown meat better than shiny enamel?

What is the best way to cook with my enamel cast iron cookware in the oven?

Will enamel cast iron cookware be damaged if dropped?

What is the LeChef Cookware warranty?

 

 


* Can I wash the enamel cast iron cookware in the dishwasher?

Although it is safe to wash Enamel cookware in the dishwasher, hand washing is recommended. Over time the added effects of strong agitation from a dishwasher will dull the glossy exterior, although this will not affect the performance of the cookware. Please handwash whenever possible. Allow cookware to cool before washing. Dry the cookware immediately, do not air dry.


* How do I hand wash my enamel cast iron cookware?

Allow the Enamel cookware to cool before washing. Detergent soap and warm water will clean your pots adequately. Only use plastic or nylon scouring pads to wash. Do not use harsh abrasive cleaners, wire brush pads, and wire scouring pads to clean your cookware. If there is heavy food residue, please soak in warm soapy water until the food particles loosen. Dry the cookware immediately, do not air dry.


* How do I wash my uncoated cast iron cookware?

Allow your uncoated cast iron cookware to cool and use a stiff nylon brush and hot water to remove food particles. We do not recommend using soap. Never use harsh detergents, or metal scouring pads.You can also boil water in the pan to remove stubborn food residue. Do not place a hot cast iron cookware in cold water as it can cause the metal to warp. Dry with a towel and apply a light coating of oil while it is still warm for storage. Never allow cookware to air dry, this will promote rust.


* What utensils should I use to cook with my enamel cast iron cookware?

Please use only wooden and plastic cooking utensils. Do not use metal tools to cook with your cookware, it will scratch and damage the enamel.


* Safety Guidelines when cooking with cast iron cookware.

Heat will be distributed to the entire area of the cookware, please use potholders or baking gloves whenever the cookware is handled. This includes the cookware’s handles and top of lid knobs.

To avoid liquid over boiling and spilling the cookware should be filled no more than 2/3 the capacity.

Never allow the cookware to boil dry or empty on the stove top, this can result in potential hazards.

Before use, always check lid knobs to make sure they are secure and tight fitting.

Do not use cookware in Microwave ovens!

LeChef cookware is supplied with small black rubber bumpers protecting the lid from damaging the rim during shipping. Please remove the rubber bumpers before use.

Do not put hot cookware on counter tops or unprotected surfaces!

Because cast iron retains heat for a very long time, be careful when handling your cookware even if it has been left to cool down.

LeChef cast iron cookware is heavy, handle with care, especially if there is food inside the vessel.


* Does my enamel cast iron cookware need to be seasoned?

No. All LeChef Enamel cast iron cookware have exterior and interior enamel. It does not need to be seasoned. However, the edges along the cookware are not enameled, pleasewash the product with warm soapy water and wipe the product dry. Then, to apply several drops of cooking or vegetable oil to a piece of cotton / fabric cloth, tub the cloth with oil onto the edge and you can store the cookware until your next use.


* How do I season and cook with my uncoated cast iron cookware?

When using LeChef Uncoated cast iron cookware for the first time, remove all labels and wash your cast iron cookware in warm soapy water. Do not use any metal scouring pads. Lightly coat entire surface with peanut oil and place in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Drain excess grease, wipe down the cookware and store.

When cooking with LeChef Uncoated cast iron cookware, apply oil to the pan and heat up using low to medium heat. Once the cookware is properly heated then add the food. Remember that the handles will become very hot, please always use gloves when handling cookware.


* What types of cooking mediums can I use with my enamel cast iron cookware?

Your LeChef Enamel cookware is suitable for all stovetop cooking surfaces; this includes gas, electric, ceramic, induction as well as inside the oven. It is not advised for use on outdoor grills or over outdoor open flame. Do not use your cookware in the microwave oven ever. Always lift up the cookware to move, never slide across surface.


* What is the best way to cook with my enamel cast iron cookware on the stove top?

Before first use, remove all labels. Wash the cookware in hot soapy water, and dry thoroughly.

Use the cookware on a stovetop burner of similar diameter or slightly smaller, Do not allow flames to extend up the sides of the cookware, this will stain and damage the cookware.

Only use low to medium stove top flame to heat up and to cook with your LeChef cast iron cookware, this includes frying and searing. Allow 2-3 minutes of preheating before adding in the oil and food items.

Likewise, your cookware can also be placed in the oven to preheat at 400 degrees for 20 min to ensure that it is at a good searing temperature for food. Be sure to use gloves when handling the cookware as it will be very hot. Then place the cookware on the stove top on low to medium low flame.

To achieve a non-stick surface please add vegetable oil or use pan spray after the cookware has heated up

Because of the heat retaining properties of this cookware, even to boil water, using a medium flame is adequate.

Always lift up the cookware to move, never slide across surface.


* Does a black matte / satin enamel sear or brown meat better than shiny enamel?

No its does not. Our tests have shown that the LeChef shiny interior enamel adds even more color to meats than a black matte / satin enamel surface.


* What is the best way to cook with my enamel cast iron cookware in the oven?

Before first use, remove all labels. Wash the cookware in hot soapy water, and dry thoroughly.

LeChefenamel cast iron cookware can be used in both a conventional and convection oven. The lids which possess cast iron steelknobsare oven safe up to 500 degrees. The lids that use the black phenolic knob, however, is plastic and can withstand up to 400 degree in the oven. It can be removed and the entire oven can be placed in a 500 degree oven. You can purchase extra steel of phenolic knobs from our SHOP.

Cooking at less than 475 degrees ensures best performance of the life of your cookware.

Always use gloves and pot holders when handling the cookware, regardless of cooking method.

Always lift up the cookware to move, never slide across surface.

HINT: Avoid using pan spray for pastry baking. The oil stain can be very troublesome to remove. Placing parchment paper under pastries is adequate to prevent sticking.


* Will enamel cast iron cookware be damaged if dropped?

Although the LeChef Enamel cast iron is very durable, however the enamel can crack if dropped or knocked against a hard surface, please handle with care.


* What is the LeChef Cookware warranty?

LeChef Cookware has a One Limited Warranty! Please visit our warranty page for more information!


 
 

 

Why Cook With Cast Iron Cookware ? It is very simple! Cast iron traps and retains the natural moisture of foods. Roasts come out juicier and baked breads are moist in the inside and crusty on the outside. Baking in a cast iron Dutch oven simulates industrial ovens found in professional bakeries, which uses auto steam injection systems. Foods can also be kept hot for longer periods of time because the cast iron will retain heat 10 times longer than regular stainless steel pots. You have not truly experienced old fashioned cooking like in olden times until you cook with cast iron. And now with Porcelain enamel cast iron, with its ease of cleanup and healthy properties, fuses old world characteristics with modern technology. If you have any question, please call our toll free number 1-877-968-7999 or email us at info@lechefcookware.com 

 
 
 

 
 
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