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Below is a picture of my current cast iron skillet from Le Creuset. As a relative cooking novice, could someone let me know if I have possibly damaged my pan, or if this is normal? I have a Le Creuset dutch oven, and have always cleaned with soap/water and it is perfect, I thought I would do the same here (since both are enameled), but it looks like it may be in need of special treatment.

If this isn't normal, what is the recommended process of keeping this pan clean (daily use and/or the occasional deep clean).

Le Creuset cast iron skillet

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Is the interior of that pan enameled? It looks like either bare cast iron or possibly a non-stick coating (which I didn't think Le Creuset does). –  sourd'oh Sep 13 '13 at 20:44
Assuming that's just cast iron on the inside (it looks like it), this is probably a duplicate of How do you clean a cast iron skillet? –  Jefromi Sep 13 '13 at 21:09
From Le Creuset's product description: "Over time, the matte black interior enamel develops a natural patina that is ideal for searing and frying." So though that "patina" kinda sounds like seasoning, there does seem to be enamel, so maybe not a duplicate after all. –  Jefromi Sep 13 '13 at 21:52
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This pan should be cleaned only with a wet cloth and little bit of soap. No scrubbing is required as it can damage the pan.

This link will be more useful to you : http://cookware.lecreuset.com/cookware/care_10151_-1_20002#ci-cleaning

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I've got the matching milk pan and the only really important thing I'd add to this is only use wooden or plastic tools, metal will scratch the lining too. –  vwiggins Sep 14 '13 at 13:13
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