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Le Creuset under the broiler?

Postby Jon Peterson » Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:14 pm

Liz is doing a chicken with dumpling dish for dinner this evening in the Le Creuset Dutch Oven. The last instruction says to broil for a minute or two to brown the dumplings. Is this OK for the Dutch Oven? I think so but why not ask here?
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Re: Le Creuset under the broiler?

Postby Carrie L. » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:39 pm

I can't see why not. I often use mine on very high heat on top of my gas stove and have never had issues.
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Re: Le Creuset under the broiler?

Postby Jon Peterson » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:23 pm

Carrie L. wrote:I can't see why not. I often use mine on very high heat on top of my gas stove and have never had issues.


That's what I was hoping to read, Carrie. Thanks.
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Re: Le Creuset under the broiler?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:42 pm

I believe that LC advises against high heat, but to use medium high heat and let the pot do the work.

"Cooking heats

Medium or low heat will provide the best results for cooking, including frying and searing. Allow the pan to heat gradually and thoroughly for even and efficient cooking results. Once the pan is hot, almost all cooking can be continued on lower settings.

High heat temperatures should only be used for boiling water for vegetables or pasta, or for reducing the consistency of stocks or sauces. High heats should never be used to preheat a pan before lowering the heat for cooking. Cast iron retains heat so efficiently that overheating will cause food to burn or stick."

I could not find any reference to using it under a broiler
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Re: Le Creuset under the broiler?

Postby Jenise » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:46 pm

Karen/NoCA wrote:I believe that LC advises against high heat, but to use medium high heat and let the pot do the work.



Right, in braises and stews because of the excellent heat retention, but not because the pan couldn't take broiler heat. Broil away, Jon!
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Re: Le Creuset under the broiler?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:58 pm

I did find reference to broiler useage.....advises to keep 2 1/2 inches of space. Good to know, had never thought of using this product under the broiler.
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Re: Le Creuset under the broiler?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:34 pm

I've used mine under the broiler for a couple minutes, just to crisp up the top. No problem.
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Re: Le Creuset under the broiler?

Postby Jon Peterson » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:40 pm

Worked fine under the broiler for just a few minutes and the broiler was on 'Low'.
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