Enamel Cookware With Cast Iron Performance
Porcelain enamel cookware offers you a hard, smooth, non-reactive surface and cast iron strength and cooking performance.
Safe And Easy Maintenance. Enamel cookware is relatively easy to clean, although removing baked-on char can be a challenge. Where enamel is used on the interior of pots and pans, it is very nearly a nonstick surface. Because it does not react with any foods, enamel cookware is also quite safe.
Cast Iron Strength. Cast iron enamel cookware is quite durable, as long as you don't accidentally drop it or strike it with a hard object.
Thin Aluminum And Warping Issues. Enamel cookware based on a core of aluminum is a bit more problematic. Although the enamel itself is just as hard, the metal it's fused to is thinner, meaning that it deforms more easily if it is dropped or if it bangs against other pots on a rack or in a cupboard. In addition the thermal expansion of aluminum based enamel cookware is greater than that of cast iron. Both of those facts make the enamel more subject to stress cracking and chipping. However, it should last as long as the nonstick coating on the inside of the pan.
Low Cost High Performance Advantage. In commercial applications, canning pots, lobster pots, pasta pots, camp coffee pots, and other large pieces are often offered in enamel cookware sets, also recognized as spatterware. Cast iron enamel cookware is cheaper than the alternatives, and if all you're doing is boiling water, a couple of nicks and chips won't hurt anything. Eventually such pieces get banged around enough that you end up replacing them, either with the same or with stainless steel cookware pieces.Carbon Steel Spatterware. Spatterware is a type of enamel cookware based on thin carbon steel that is coated inside and out with enamel. In rough camping use, pots get banged around, steel dents, and enamel chips. But for decoration and light service in the kitchen, spatterware is fine.