Cocottes are one of those kitchen pieces that can last all our lives
. What’s more, if you use and clean them in the right way, they will surely come into the next generation of your family.
Taking care of Cocottes don’t require a lot of work, but we recommend you take some habits to maintain their qualities. The main and most important one is to always wash them with a soft sponge and dry them with a cloth. Additionally, try to heat the piece at low temperature during few minutes before increasing the heat. Sudden temperature changes can damage the enamel coating.
Also, if you have some free time, it is advisable to cover Cocotte’s inner surface with a thin layer of oil. This way you will enhance the non-stick properties of the enamel coating.
Now, here there are our best tips to keep cast iron Cocottes clean and new for a long time
Take it easy, if you have things to do, do them.
Cocottes are perfect for long-cooking recipes or – like posh and stylish people say- slow cooking. This cooking concept requires some attention, but just for few minutes from time to time during the whole cooking process. The rest of the time food will be slowly and carefully cooked while you are working, resting or dedicating to other tasks.
Go easy on oil, you just need a little bit to success.
One of the greatest virtues of Cocottes is that the more you use them, the better flavours and results you get. Cooking oil penetrates the pores of the enamel coating and creates a natural non-stick dark brown layer. This also improves cooking efficiency, prevents food from sticking and reduces the amount of oil required in each preparation.
Don’t continuously remove the lid to take a quick glance.
Yes, we all love open the lid to sniff around while the stew is being cooked or think we must stir it from time to time. But cast-iron cocottes have a humidification system that continuously returns the condensation liquid to food. This way, ingredients acquire an exceptional flavour, since they remain hydrated and are cooked in a closed circuit. So better stop gossiping, otherwise you will lose the properties of the humidification system.
Be careful, always protect your hands with oven gloves or a cloth!
Cocottes’ handles transmit heat. These iron pans are made in one piece. So, handles are heated like the rest of the pot. If you don’t protect yourself properly and touch the hot pot, you will run the risk of burning yourself and probably drop the casserole and damage the enamel coating. Don’t be gross and always use oven gloves to hold or move the casserole.
Forget about scratching the casserole to remove remaining food.
In case there is any remaining stuck food, you should always let the casserole cool down before cleaning it. Just soak it in warm water with some mild detergent until it can be easily removed. And whatever you do, never use any scouring pad or steel fibre.
Try not to use the dishwasher or, at least, use it only from time to time.
The best to clean these kind of iron pans is using sponges and mild detergents. Don’t get used to clean them in the dishwasher, even though you hate cleaning by hand. Its aggressiveness could damage them over time. And in case you think your cocotte needs a thorough cleaning, cover the bottom of the pan with coarse salt and a little bit of water and heat it for a few minutes until it boils. After this, remove the water, clean the remains with a sponge and dry it with a cloth.
Do not be lazy and use your arms to move it.
Although cocottes and cast iron pans weigh a lot, you should not lead into the temptation of dragging them over the countertop. You must lift them to avoid scratching the enamel coating and the surface of your kitchen.
If you consider yourself a true gourmet, don’t forget to equip your kitchen with a cocotte. Use it to relive the most authentic and full of passion old cuisine and the intense flavours of the traditional recipes. Castey Cocottes are available in two different colours and many different sizes. Take advantage of every opportunity and don’t hesitate to purchase one.
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