Care & Use - Tagine
Instructions for use
The recommendations for care and use apply to all Le Creuset tagines.
A tagine is intended for hob use only, where its heating and cooking qualities are used to the full. If placed in the oven, while not causing permanent damage, the lid and base will become too hot and the lid, in particular, will simply evaporate the cooking liquid instead of condensing it.
The cast iron base can be used on its own and makes a useful baking, roasting and serving dish.
On the hob the cast iron base can be used for pre-browning meats, poultry and vegetables before the slow-cooking process begins. As with all other pieces of Le Creuset cast iron, pre-browning should be done on medium and low heats only.
The adjustment to a very low setting for cooking is important and there should be barely a ripple of movement in the food as it cooks. If, due to the design of your hob this “very low” heat is not really achievable don’t be concerned -- cooking at a slightly faster pace will give just as good a result. But do then be aware that more steam will be produced and this can sometimes seep up around the rim between the base and the lid.
Although the very top of the conical lid will remain relatively cool, the base of it will not and when removing the lid to check the contents, a cloth or oven mitts should be used to lift and support this rim edge, holding the top of the lid with the other hand.
Cleaning and care
Always cool the tagine for a short time before soaking or washing in hot soapy water. Do not plunge the tagine, while hot, into cold water as thermal shock damage to the enamel may occur.
Wipe over the whole lid with a hot soapy cloth paying particular attention to the unglazed rim – this should be cleaned after each use to prevent any build up of grease.
Nylon or other soft abrasive pads and brushes can be used to remove stubborn residues. Do not use metallic pads or harsh abrasive cleaning agents, such as bleach, as it will damage the enamel.
If there are sever food residues, soak the tagine in hot water for 15-20 minutes, then wash in the usual way. Repeat if needed.
Always dry the lid and based thoroughly. Lay the lid on it’s side for a short while to ensure the rim is completely dry, Never store them away still damp. Store in a dry cupboard or airy space with the lid in an upright position to avoid damage.
Black enamel cooking surfaces will, over time, produce a patina (a brownish film). Do not attempt to clean this off as it enhances the cooking performance and food release from the surface.
Both the base and lid are dishwasher safe. Always allow the cycle to complete before opening the door. An incomplete cycle retains moisture in the machine and over time damage may occur to the surface, particularly if the enamel is damaged.