Enameled cast iron cookware is an ideal choice for people who want to cook with less oil and fewer pans.
But finding the best enameled cast iron cookware can be difficult, due to the sheer number of brands and styles on the market.
That’s why we’ve created this guide: to help you find the best enameled cast iron cookware based on your needs and budget.
Is enamel cast iron cookware safe?
Cast iron cooking pots are similarly safe to cook with as newer stainless steel ones. They are coated with enamel, which is porous and can be dissolved by reactive foods like citrus, tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, or other highly acidic foods.
The keyword being “reactive.” If you don’t eat pasteurized citrus or heavily acidic food or drink then cast iron cookware should work for you! The point of using enamel coated pot is that it doesn’t take too much scrubbing to make them usable again after cooking really fatty dishes like short ribs.
What are the benefits of enameled cast iron cookware?
Enameled cookware does not need to be seasoned like bare cast iron, and the enamel surface is very resistant to rusting. This makes it fantastic for people that live in humid climates or where rain is common. And don’t worry about scratching the surface of your pots – if you do, they can be easily repaired by simply wiping away any food particles with a damp cloth (the same thing you would do with glass).
Can you boil water in enameled cast iron?
You can boil water in enameled cast iron. But the point is to use it for things other than boiling water.
How do you clean an enameled cast iron?
You can clean enameled cast iron with a scrubber, but the best method is to simply wipe it down using a slightly damp towel.
The coating will wear off if you use anything damaging to it.
Some people also recommend putting your pot in the dishwasher (on top rack only), but I’ve not tried that myself. Dishwashing liquid does contain abrasives like salt and lemon juice, so be warned.