Making the Most of Your Enamelware

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Be it a bonfire, a backyard grill, or in the oven, enamelware is excellent for everyday use both for the family and single life. Coloring up your dinner table in winter, complementing your summer table on the patio, you can use enamelware for any occasion all year round. Be it in refined, contemporary, urban silhouettes or casual, rural, down-to-earth log cabins, you can live and age with it.

This is why we've long been using this light tinware once considered a poor man's ceramic. While some may think it is the nostalgic quality and exaggerated as a design statement, its sustainable function surpasses any old-fashioned sensibility. Its universal appeal is no surprise, and with the right amount of retro, it is a delight to adorn our tablescapes with them.

 

Instructions and Maintenance: 

While using:

Obviously, not all enamelware is created equal in terms of quality, but it's really hard to mess up. 

Since enamelware doesn't react with any acids in food, it is 100% food safe and great for cooking. 

Enamelware is safe for all cooktops: gas, electric, and induction burners. Place it on grates over a campfire, on the grill, and in the oven up to 530 degrees F. 

Immediate temperature changes can cause damage, so allow your product to return to room temperature first before heating, cooling, washing, and stacking.

It can get very hot or cold to the touch like other metallic-based cookware. Use an oven mitt as needed and supervise children. 

In addition, don't heat empty enamelware, as doing so may damage your coating.

Never use it in microwaves.

Tea, coffee, and some foods may stain the enamel, but this is natural with any material and is not permanent if your white enamel mug is cleaned quickly after use and not left to sit soiled. 

All of these uses can perform without damaging the coating or design.

3 color enamel mugs on top of each other in blue pink yellow

After use:

Enamelware generally comes clean with hot, soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth. To keep it at its best, always try the gentlest cleaning method first and work your way up to more forceful methods if needed. 

Our enamel dinnerware set and enamel lined cookware are dishwasher safe, but it is always good to arrange the pieces so they won't bang against other dishes and chip.

If soapy water doesn't work, you can try an oven-cleaning spray used according to label directions. 

Do not clean your enamelware with harsh abrasive materials, or detergents and avoid sharp objects like steel wool as they can scratch the surface.

Any enamel coated cookware with set-in stains, white lime deposits, or brown discolorations from mineral-heavy water may come clean if you boil them with a teaspoon of baking soda in the water. If the stain is on the outside, go for a bigger pot to soak the whole thing. 

Enamel Serving Plate with veggies above it

Damages:

It is evident that enamel is not like china, it is sturdy, but it will chip if you bang it or drop it as enamel is a finishing derived from glass. It will not shatter and will stay safe to use, and those small nicks will only add to the charm. 

To prevent rust in case the steel is exposed, keep your piece dry. Do not leave it to soak in liquid, thoroughly dry it after washing, and store in a dry place. You can coat the area with olive oil or vegetable oil, or remove it from the steel core with naval jelly or Norwex Cleaning Paste. 

You can always make a homemade cleaner yourself by boiling 2 tbs. white vinegar with 3 quarts of water in the pot for about 15 minutes. Then cool, rinse, and wash with soap and water. 

The rust stains on the enamel also can be removed with vinegar and water. To keep your enamel coffee cups shiny, squeeze half a lemon over some salt and scrub the mixture with a non-abrasive sponge.

Yet, if it is rusted, we recommend discontinuing using it for food, not because it's not food safe but because these small chips can turn into bigger ones that you could end up ingesting. 

There are always various other uses for them in the house - be it a planter, storage in the utility cupboard, or as stationery in the office, adding value to its sustainability. Your mug can turn into a pencil holder, a salad bowl can be a planter to your orchids, enamel trays are perfect for your accessories in the bathroom, and mezze plates are great over the counter storage.

No wonder enamel is around for so long, it is an incredibly useful and beautiful looking material!

 

Read more:

How Utility became Chic - The Story of Enamel to Enamelware

Into the Wilderness - A Natural and Preferred State

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