8 months ago my partner and I bought the lecreuset set of pan and skillet.
we had some lodge cast iron pans and skillets we used for years. the lodge pans and skillets developed a patina, but you were still able to scrub them clean to the point where it did not look like they had food remnants on them.
for the love of god I can’t seem to get the lecreuset cast iron skillet and pan clean. we dont use them that often. however whenever we use them, food sticks to them like no other. they seem to get much hotter than the lodge cast iron products, and sear food. that part of them is amazing. I understand that food can stick to them more because they get hotter. but it is literally impossible to clean them – not clean the patina – just clean them so there are no food particles on them. I have spent 2 hours with a sponge going at them and still not clean.
I started using a plastic bristled hand brush and soap. it seems to do a good job and I think its soft enough to protect the cast iron.
I wouldn’t have thought they pan and skillet have a coating or film – but when I clean them, little (very short hair like in size) rubber flecks remain. I can wipe them off with my fingers and they come off. but I wonder what those are. are they even smaller food particles still sticking to the pan?? it almost seems to me like a coating, or film, is slowly coming off of the pan/skillet.
just curious if anyone else has had similar issues with these products, or can give me any advice. emailing lecreuset support is just a pain in the ass. ill get to it again eventually, but after describing the issue in detail. they needed me to create a ticket in their system and upload photographs etc.
thanks for any advice you can offer.