Some key benefits of enamel cast iron cookware
While traditional cast iron cookware is still the darling of many people’s kitchen. A growing number of home cooks and professional chefs today prefer enamel cast iron cookware instead. Bare cast iron may require seasoning after a while. One of the benefits of enameled cast iron is that you will never have to season your pans.
Enameled cast iron differs from bare cast iron because it is rust proof. The cast iron metal is covered by a coating of porcelain, this version of cast iron cookware is a lot easier to care for. It is also available in a broad range of finishes and colors.
A cast iron enameled pot or pan does cost more than other varieties of nonstick cookware. However, unlike these cheaper pieces, enamel cast iron cookware is going to last a long time. Enamel cast iron cookware also tends to be heavier and sturdier, which allows it to last for so long.
Enamel cast iron cookware can be used on a variety of heat sources. It can be used under a grill, in the oven or on your stovetop just as easily. Which is why it is useful for a variety of cooking elements that include induction. Most enamel ceramic cookware has a flat base that allows for use on an induction oven.
Heat retention capability
Enameled cast iron both spreads and retains heat very well, which allows meals to remain hot. If you decide to serve any meals in an enameled cast iron oven, the chances are high that the meal will remain warm throughout.
Easy to clean
The enamel surface is very easy to clean and maintain. Most enamel cookware only need a non-abrasive sponge, lukewarm water and mild soap in most cases. After braising, roasting or stewing food, you definitely enjoy cookware that is easier to clean.
We offer a variety in terms of size and color for our enamel cookware, which can help to add a little flair to your kitchen. This also allows you to mix and match your existing cookware, kitchen décor or table settings easily.
Healthy and no leaching
Enameled cast iron does not react to acidic foods. This means that you can prepare a wide variety of food that is acidic. Foods like chili and sauces that contain large concentrations of acidic food like tomatoes which you may avoid cooking in bare cast iron.
Enameled cast iron has a protective layer of coating that protects it from rusting. Which allows you to soak it, boil water in it, as well as clean it inside a dishwasher.
Tips for taking care of enameled cast iron cookware
Enameled cast iron cookware is very easy to care for. Just as long as you follow the cleaning instructions and some simple tips:
- Wash your enamel cast iron cookware using warm water. If your cookware has any stains or spots, you can try removing the spotting using a damp cloth. If the stains are persistent, soak the interior for a few hours.
- Enameled cast iron cookware needs to be used from lower to medium heat only. Never on high heat or dry burning without oil or water, otherwise, the coating might be damaged.
- Use a non-abrasive sponge so as to preserve the aesthetic quality of the cookware. Although most enamel cast iron cookware is safe for use in a dishwasher. We would recommend washing by hand. Also avoid sliding cross the table when you need to move them.This will keep your glossy pots looking beautiful. Some people do not use soap on bare cast iron because it may remove the seasoning, this is not an issue for enamelware.
How to cook in enameled cast iron cookware
- Our enameled cast iron cookware is not non-stick nor does the description say that it is.
- It is also not meant to be seasoned. The interior is sealed with enamel, you can’t season it like bare cast iron.
- Enameled cast iron cookware needs to heat up before you put anything in it. If you’ve only ever cooked in nonstick cookware you can get away with starting with too cold of a enameled cast iron cookware, as it requires to be hot. Turn the burner to a medium setting and let it heat up for 3-4 minutes along with your choice of oil or cooking spray before putting any food in. Cast iron initially heats un-evenly but retains that heat and providing an even consistent temperature throughout the entire pot.
- When cooking delicate things like eggs you may shut the burner off halfway through as the cookware will retain its heat for quite some time.
- Being able to throw enameled cast iron cookware in the dishwasher is something you’ll never be able to do with regular bare cast iron.
- Larger enameled cast iron cookware may be rather heavy for general use. However, many chefs prefer heavier and more solid items over thin pieces that have a tendency to warp or become dented after use.
- Enameled cast iron has a lower thermal conductivity compared to bare cast iron. It will take a bit longer to reach the desired temperature. However, the heat remains evenly distributed across the entire pot for good cooking.
- The porcelain enamel coating is relatively fragile and can crack if you bang the pot too hard. Abrasive cleaners can damage the enamel. Metal utensils may scratch or chip the coating. You should use wooden or silicone utensils instead of metal.