Cast Iron Collector Forums  
Google

Go Back   Cast Iron Collector Forums > General Discussion > Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning

Notices

Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning Help With and Tips & Techniques For Cast Iron Cookware Restoration

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-21-2017, 10:31 PM
AdamK AdamK is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Default Possible to restore or beyond repair?

Hey everyone,

So my grandma game me this pan she has had forever apparently (but does not know where she got it from).

Food was sticking to this so I started looking into what kind of a pan is this and how to season it (pretty new to cast iron).

Turns out this is a Le Creuset Blue Enameled Cast Iron 9" Frying Pan.

I looked up ways to strip cast iron pans and reseason them from the ground up, but I am weary about doing this due to the enamel on the bottom and the severe crustiness of it. I mean its so crusty that only spots of blue show through the bottom (see pics).

Can I still restore this beautiful pan, or is it beyond repair? If I can, how should I go about this?

I really do hope that I can restore it and keep the beautiful enamel intact!

I appreciate any advice!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0122.jpg (73.2 KB, 78 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0127.jpg (53.8 KB, 77 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0124.jpg (54.9 KB, 72 views)
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 02-21-2017, 10:59 PM
AdamK AdamK is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

Here are a few more pics!

Man look at those scales on the last pic...she needs help please!!!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0119n.jpg (89.4 KB, 40 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0123n.jpg (60.8 KB, 39 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0128n.jpg (75.8 KB, 49 views)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-21-2017, 11:15 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 5,762
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

The first thought would be that enamelware isn't typically allowed to reach the condition seen here. Bare iron, possibly; enamel, no. Unfortunately, what will remove the build-up, lye, also risks compromising the gloss of the enamel.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-21-2017, 11:19 PM
AdamK AdamK is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug D. View Post
The first thought would be that enamelware isn't typically allowed to reach the condition seen here. Bare iron, possibly; enamel, no. Unfortunately, what will remove the build-up, lye, also risks compromising the gloss of the enamel.
I saw that in the post above mine titled "cleaning enamel", people suggested using dawn and water and boiling the enamel.

My other thought was to set the oven to the oven clean setting and letting it run. This should char off all of the crust, but will it damage the enamel? What do you think?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-21-2017, 11:26 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 5,762
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

Enamel will not survive SCO. Sadly, this appears to be a no win situation. You could try boiling it if you have a vessel large enough.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-21-2017, 11:34 PM
AdamK AdamK is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug D. View Post
Enamel will not survive SCO. Sadly, this appears to be a no win situation. You could try boiling it if you have a vessel large enough.
I do have a fairly large pot that will probably for most of it in. I saw other sites recommend boiling in baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Could this damage the cooking surface and require more extensive re-seasoning?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-21-2017, 11:40 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 5,762
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

Therein lies the problem. Enamel isn't supposed to be seasoned.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-21-2017, 11:44 PM
AdamK AdamK is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug D. View Post
Therein lies the problem. Enamel isn't supposed to be seasoned.
I thought that these vintage Le Creuset cast iron skillets only have enameling on the outside, and are cast iron with seasoning on the cooking surface, hence me trying to preserve the seasoning on the inside and not that crusty mess on the outside haha.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-21-2017, 11:50 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 5,762
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

What appears to be bare iron on Le Creuset is typically coated with a clear glaze.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-22-2017, 12:12 AM
AdamK AdamK is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Default Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug D. View Post
What appears to be bare iron on Le Creuset is typically coated with a clear glaze.
Hmm, I do know the pan's cooking surface slightly rusted when cleaned with warm soapy water (cleaned it well when I got it). That's why I thought it was a simply cast iron cooking surface.

Also I thought I saw on this site or somewhere else sombody say old Le Creusets had enameled bottoms, and a seasoned cast iron cooking surface. So that information is wrong?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Advertisement

This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,
an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn
advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com or its affiliates.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.