Enameled Cast Iron Cookware Care Guide
Jul. 20, 2022
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While stainless steel, carbon steel and other styles of cookware have their place in the kitchen, enamel cast iron grill pan has many advantages.
First, this material is very easy to clean. Thanks to its smooth enamel coating, food resists surface sticking, burning and crusting. In addition, unlike traditional cast iron, enameled versions do not need to be seasoned, so maintenance is a breeze.
Health-conscious chefs also like the ability of enameled cast iron to stop iron from leaching into the food. This means you can even use it to cook tomatoes and other acidic ingredients that would “interact” with regular cast iron.
Some other great benefits：
Enameled cast iron is very durable and will provide years of reliable use
Cookware can withstand high temperatures, so you can grill meats and other ingredients in it.
Cast iron retains heat well, making it ideal for soups, chili, stews, bread baking and braises.
Because it conducts and retains heat so well, enameled cast iron is also environmentally friendly.
The enamel coating is not only anti-stick but also rust resistant.
How to clean enamel cast iron grill pan
Unlike its high-maintenance cousin, enameled cast iron is refreshingly easy to clean and maintain. The cookware can be cleaned in the sink just like any other dishware. Wash thoroughly with a detergent, sponge or soft brush, then expel the air or dry with a towel.
How to remove residue from enameled cast iron
If crumbs stick to the walls of enameled cast iron pots or pans, there are several other cleaning methods.
Fill the container about halfway with water and boil it on the stove top to loosen any stuck food.
Use a wooden spoon or similar utensil (avoid metal) to scrape away dry food
To remove stubborn stains, mix 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water and pour into the pan to soak.
How to prevent enamel cast iron grill pan from cracking
Enameled cast iron has almost no disadvantages, and this is one of them. If you drop or otherwise hit the surface with a heavy object or utensil, the material can easily scratch, chip and, in extreme cases, crack.
This is because the enamel coating is made of a material similar to glass. But don’t worry. We’d be lying if we said that enameled cast iron is “fragile,” because it’s not. Still, you want to be relatively gentle with your cookware, just like you would with any other valuable tool in your kitchen.
Here are some basic tips for keeping your pots and pans in pristine condition.
If you stir, scrape or otherwise work vigorously in pots and pans, avoid using metal utensils; stick to wooden spoons, plastic spatulas, etc.
Never preheat pans on the stove top; instead, always make sure to place food or liquid ingredients inside before introducing direct heat
When using very high temperatures, insist on liquid-rich foods — such as stews, soups, etc.
Avoid drastic temperature changes inside the pan; just like glass, going from room temperature to scorching hot (or freezing cold) can cause cracking
How to preserve enamel cast iron grill pan
Part of what makes enameled cast iron so resilient is its heavy composition. This inherent weight can make storing multiple pots and pans tricky, as it is not safe to stack them on top of each other.
Because it is so beautiful, consider displaying your enameled cast iron cookware on a shelf or pot rack. When storing inside a cabinet with other equipment, always use something soft as a cushion (especially when stacking). You can use a rubber tripod, rags, bubble wrap or other padding. This will help prevent scratches.
Precautions for enamel cast iron grill pan:
As you can see, the maintenance of enameled cast iron is very simple. Remember the following tips to enjoy your cookware for a lifetime.
Do not wash enameled cast iron in the dishwasher; always clean it by hand, as the aggressive water action and high drying temperatures of the dishwasher may damage it.
Avoid exposing enameled cast iron directly to flame unless it already contains food or liquids.
Use wood, nylon, silicone and similar utensils with enameled cast iron cookware to prevent shattering.
Because it has an iron core, enameled cast iron is magnetic, so you can use it on induction cook tops as well as gas, electric and ceramic stoves.
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