Enameled cast iron became a hit in homes throughout Europe soon after it was invented in the late 1700's and quickly moved to the American continent and way of life. Enameled cast iron utilizes a process in which tiny, colored glass particles are melted and then fused onto cast iron at temperatures in excess of 176°. This process gives enameled cast iron the glassy coating which is available in a variety of colors.
Enameled cast iron cookware is available in a wide array of styles similar to traditional cast iron cookware. Whether you are looking for a cast iron skillet, cast iron casserole pot or the highly versatile cast iron dutch oven, you can find the product with the enameled cast iron coating. No matter what kind of enameled cast iron cookware you purchase, they are just as well suited for the oven as they are the stove top.
Enameled cast iron cookware offers a number of benefits over all other types of cookware, including traditional cast iron. These benefits make enameled cast iron cookware the ideal choice for a wide array of stove top and oven cooking. Some of the benefits of cooking with enameled cast iron cookware include:
- Versatility - Whether you are using an enameled cast iron skillet or an enameled cast iron dutch oven, they are perfect for the stove top or the oven. In fact, because of the enamel coating, enameled cast iron will not harm electric or glass stove tops like traditional cast iron may.
- Easy Cleanup - The glassy coating of enameled cast iron makes cleaning it even easier than traditional cast iron cookware. Just use hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. In fact, many styles of enameled cast iron cookware are even dishwasher-safe.
- Even Heating - As with all types of cast iron cookware, enameled cast iron provides even heat distribution to your food. This is especially useful with enameled cast iron casserole pots and dutch ovens when baking at low temperatures in an oven.
- No Seasoning - Because of the enamel coating on enameled cast iron cookware, there is no need for seasoning before use. In fact, the enamel coating makes enameled cast iron skillets, casserole pots and dutch ovens non-stick - similar to properly seasoned traditional cast iron cookware.
- No Rust - Unlike traditional cast iron cookware, which is prone to rusting when not seasoned properly or when submerged in water for long periods of time, enameled cast iron cookware's coating protects it from the effects, allowing you to boil water, soak and place your enameled cast iron dutch ovens and skilets in the dishwasher.
- Variety - One of the most notable benefits of enameled cast iron is the variety of colors it gives to consumers. Enameled cast iron cookware is available in a wide array of colors that you can purchase to match your existing cookware, place settings or kitchen decor.