My boyfriend and I recently received this
gorgeous Le Creuset frying pan as a gift from a bunch of friends who pooled together. We're absolutely delighted, and want to make sure we get the most out of the pan.
When we received the gift, a couple of the givers mentioned that we shouldn't wash it with soap, but should keep it seasoned instead. However, the care instructions on the Le Creuset website beg to differ, saying that washing with soap is possible (though of course, no scouring).
My understanding is that enameled cookware does not generally need to be seasoned. Am I right in thinking that? Is there any benefit to seasoning the pan even if it's not strictly necessary? If yes, what's the best way of doing so? And how often?
Also, we're in the habit of washing all cookware with soap and a sponge after use. The Le Creuset website mentions that you can also wipe out the pan with a damp cloth, minus soap. As long as the pan looks clean after wiping, are there any health/hygiene risks to not using soap? Or would the pan suffer if we used soap every time?
Does anyone have any other general tips or tricks for keeping a pan like this at its prime for as long as possible?
If it makes a difference - the pan is still boxfresh, has not yet been used, washed or seasoned in any way.