The Complete Guide to Enamelware

Our Shop's Enamelware

This oven-to-table material is hand-crafted of lightweight porcelain-coated steel. It has been around for centuries, and currently it is seeing a resurgence in popularity as consumers demand sustainable and safe kitchenware. Does that sound like you? Us, too!

We strive for a "less is more" approach in our own home, which means every piece we allow in our lives needs to serve us on multiple levels. We choose to own a few high quality enamel dishes and cups from the brands we sell in our shop instead of single-use paper or materials that contain harmful chemicals and are mass-produced. 

Enamelware travels with ease from any cooktop or oven to your table and to the dishwasher. It’s surprisingly easy to clean and naturally nonstick. Place it over a campfire, on the grill or any cooktop, and in the oven up to 530 degrees F. Store your leftovers in the refrigerator safely, meaning one item for cooking, serving and storing. Dreamy! Enamelware is great for everyday use at your dinner table and on your patio; yet it lends a stylish touch for special occasions, camping trips, picnics, and potlucks. Its durability means years, often decades, of use while reducing your impact on the environment and limiting your single-use products. Practical, durable, functional, attractive and affordable - it's no wonder people keep coming back to us to grow their enamelware collection!

Due to its handmade nature, small imperfections are a normal part of enamelware and add to the character of your piece. Colors may vary a bit from batch to batch due to a variety of factors in the crafting and kiln firing of the enamel. This is normal and adds to the uniqueness of each piece. If you need perfect uniformity, enamelware might not be for you.

Thousands of restaurants and dining establishments desiring a chic, casual aesthetic and low replacement costs have chosen enamelware for their plating. If you are considering enamelware for your restaurant, cafe or upcoming event, please visit our bulk purchasing section for more information.

Crow Canyon Home

Established in 1977, Crow Canyon Home designs enameled kitchenware that pays homage to centuries past while updating them for the modern American home. This enamelware is where superior design, functionality and eco-consciousness intersect. Designed in San Francisco, California.

Shop the collections:

  • Vintage: Smooth and seamless white finish with a double layer of color applied by hand along the rim for extra protection.
  • Splatterware: Distinctive two-tone marble texture effect, which is applied by a skilled artisan for perfect contrast and extra durability. No two pieces are exactly alike, so those desiring a collectible look will adore this pattern for decades.
  • Pacifica: Gracefully evokes the moody colors of our beloved West Coast with vivid solid hues in blue, deep cobalt, foggy grey and black.
  • Stinson: A refined take on traditional camping mugs and plates. The fine grains of sand at Stinson Beach in the San Francisco Bay Area served as creative inspiration for the speckles in the enamel.
Foster and Rye

These guys have infused cool trends into their quality drink-focused products. From bar accessories to drinking games to quirky cups, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Fun and creative items make every day an adventure.

Enamel Co.

A self-described millennial brand, Enamel Co's staple items are funny, whimsical, or outdoorsy enamel mugs for camping with hipster graphics and phrases on them. They are designed and printed in Washington.

Browse all of the enamelware in our shop below. 

 

The Complete Guide to Enamelware

Enamelware is wonderful because it is built to last for many years in your home with minimal effort put into its care. 

Instructions for using enamelware

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. It is rated up to 530 degrees F. Let your enamelware come to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. It can get very hot or cold to the touch like other metallic-based cookware. Use an oven mitt as needed and supervise children. Enamelware is not recommended for use in microwaves.

How to clean enamelware

To keep your enamelware at its best, always try the gentlest cleaning method first and work your way up to stronger methods as needed. Enamelware should generally come clean with hot, soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth. Stains, even from coffee and red wine, are not permanent if the item is cleaned quickly after use and not left to sit soiled. The enamelware in our shop is dishwasher safe but hand-washing is always best. In the dishwasher, arrange the pieces so they won't bang against other dishes and chip and avoid using hard water spot remover. If soapy water doesn't work, try an oven-cleaning spray used according to label directions. Be careful to cover any wooden handles before spraying. Any enamelware item with set-in stains, white lime deposits, or brown discolorations from mineral-heavy water may come clean if you boil peeled potatoes or a teaspoon of baking soda in it. If the stain is on the outside or the piece isn't a cooking vessel in the first place, boil it inside a bigger pot.

Alternative ways to clean your enamelware

Enamelware with stubborn stains may benefit from an overnight soak in one part white vinegar and three parts water. If that doesn't work, soak it in a solution of 1 teaspoon to 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water until the stains disappear, checking it periodically. After any such vigorous cleaning, give the piece a hot, soapy bath.

After washing

Dry enamelware thoroughly inside and out because water can encourage corrosion of the steel core. If you are putting away enamelware bowls or tumblers by stacking them, be sure they have come close to room temperature first. The steel core expands and contracts at different temperatures and all stacked pieces should be roughly the same temperature.

Browse all of the enamelware in our shop below. 

What to avoid

Never use steel wool or sharp objects since they can scratch the porcelain enamel surface. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, scouring substances and other abrasives may also damage and dull the shiny surface. Enamelware is not recommended for use in microwaves.

If your enamelware becomes damaged or shows signs of rust

The enamel coating might chip if the item is dropped or banged against something, but the steel core will not shatter and the item remains safe to use. To prevent rust in case the steel is exposed, keeping the item dry is key. Do not leave it to soak in liquid, thoroughly dry it after washing, and store in a dry place. Periodically coating the area with cooking oil, such as olive oil or vegetable oil, will help prevent oxidation.

If rust forms, it can be removed from the steel core of your enamelware with naval jelly (such as Loctite) applied to the affected area for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and repeat as needed until residual rust is removed. To prevent further rust, thoroughly dry the item, store in a dry place and periodically coat the area with cooking oil, such as olive oil or vegetable oil. If there are rust stains on the enamel, they can be removed with vinegar and water.

Production

Handmade in China. Free of lead, cadmium, BPA and phthalates.

Enamelware History

The enamelware in our shop is only possible because of the thousands of years of techniques and advancements that led it to where it is today. Read more about the history of enamelware.

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