Cast iron vessels have been used in cooking for hundreds of years due to the many benefits they offer. Cast iron can withstand high cooking temperatures, which makes it a popular choice for frying and deep frying. Cooking stews and recipes that take a long time to cook are possible in this cookware due to the excellent heat diffusion it offers. Enameled cast iron cookware has an enamel coating on it, which prevents rusting and makes it easy to clean. This eliminates the cleaning and seasoning issues of cookware made without this coating.
Benefits and Advantages
This cookware is functional and healthy. It is also very easy to clean, and the coating gives it an appealing appearance. Following are some benefits of this type of cookware:
- It is available in the form of casseroles, dutch ovens, saucepans, and many other utensils.
- It has an enamel coating on both the inner and the outer sides. The outer coating makes the cleaning process simple whereas the inner coating provides a non-stick surface so that the food does not stick to it.
- Unlike the cast iron utensils, this cookware does not react with food.
- It does not require any kind of seasoning.
- It is energy efficient, as low to medium heat is needed to cook the food properly.
- It has a very good quality of heat retention, which is helpful in keeping the food hot for a longer period of time.
- It can be used on any kind of flame like halogen or induction.
- It is attractive, light weight, and durable.
- It saves a lot of time in preparing meals and cleaning utensils.
- The food is cooked evenly, as the heat spreads uniformly through the utensil.
There are certain precautions to be taken when using these type of utensils.
- Do not use it in a microwave.
- Use a utensil whose bottom diameter is almost equal to the stove top.
- While cooking, apply some vegetable oil to the interior surface so that it is easy to clean later on.
- Never heat the utensil when it is empty.
- Use only wooden or silicone spoons to protect the enamel coating.
- Do not exceed a temperature of 400 degree Fahrenheit.
- Although it is durable, the enamel can get chipped off if the utensil is dropped or banged.