What is enamelware?
The term "enamelware" is used to describe a material made of glass and metal, in this case its powdered glass that is baked on to a steel substrate. The metal wares are dipped in the powdered glass or porcelain and then baked at high temperatures to fuse the porcelain - creating a smooth, often colorful, surface.
Can enamelware be used in the microwave?
Since enamelware has a metal core, you cannot microwave it. It will cause dangerous sparks and potentially damage the enamelware and the microwave.
Can enamelware be used on a stovetop?
Yes, enamelware can withstand high heat making it perfect for cooktops. Just be sure to use an oven mitt or silicone handle since the material can get hot.
Can enamelware be used in an oven?
Yes. Enamelware was forged to withstand high heat and is perfect for oven cooking.
Can enamelware be put in an open flame or campfire?
Yes, this is a perfect use of enamelware.
Is enamelware dishwasher safe?
Yes, enamelware can put in the dishwasher. For stubborn stains like coffee or tea, you may need to hand wash it.
How do I clean my enamelware?
Enamelware can be cleaned like any other dishware - in the dishwasher or by hand. Sometimes stubborn stains like red wine, coffee or tea may require more attention. Use lemon water or dish soap, along with a soft brush to help remove those stains.
Is enamelware safe to use if it is chipped?
Yes, the porcelain coating of enamelware can chip if dropped or mishandled, but it doesn't alter the usability of it. The area that is chipped may become oxidized giving it some aged character, but it is perfectly safe to continue to use.
Is enamelware good for camping?
Yes, the lightweight nature of enamelware along with its ability to be used in an open campfire make it perfect for camp cooking and drinking.
Is vintage enamelware safe to use?
The answer here is probably yes since vintage enamelware was created using the same materials and techniques as it is today BUT if you question it, don't use it for cooking or drinking, and relegate it to home decor only.
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