What Is Enamelled Cast Iron Cookware?
Enamelled cast iron cookware includes a cast iron base, as the name suggests. Just like other cast iron cookware, it is forged from a single piece of metal that incorporates the handle. However, what sets enamelled apart is that it is thicker and heavier which allows for even heat distribution and retention.
Enamelled cast iron has an extra layer of enamel coating that covers the iron. This porcelain-like coating gives the cookware a smooth, glazed look.
Enamelled cast iron can be used to make skillets, Dutch ovens, braisers, and casserole dishes.
Why do people appreciate Enamel Cast Iron?
Enamelled cast iron cookware is easy to use for braising, grilling, simmering, frying, or baking. It can be used on a stovetop, in the oven or under a broiler. Most importantly, it's simple to transite between cooktops with this type of pan.
If you take care of it, enamelled cast iron cookware can last for a long time. The enamel coating doesn't degrade like PTFE non-stick or ceramic coatings do. In fact, Meyer offers a lifetime warranty with its enamelled cast iron cookware.
Cookware made from enamelled cast iron has the advantage of regular cast iron’s high heat tolerance. The enamel forms a non-stick coating that can handle temperatures far higher than PTFE or ceramic non-stick, making it ideal for cooking at high temperatures. Meyer cookware can handle temperatures of up to 260 C, making it perfect for searing meat or other dishes that require very high heat.
The base and walls of enamelled cast iron are thick, so it performs excellently in heat retention. This is crucial for any cookware because if a piece can't hold onto heat, then meats won't get seared properly or food will be unevenly cooked.
Yes, to acidic food
The enamel coating on cast iron cookware is non-reactive, meaning it won't break down and leach into your food when exposed to acidic foods.
Enamelled cast iron has a significant advantage over bare cast iron--acidic foods will not ruin the seasoning of your skillet and react with the iron, as opposed to what would happen if you were using bare cast iron. This way, there is no risk of your food tasting unpleasant because of metallic residue.
Unlike regular cast iron, Meyer enamelled cast iron cookware come in a fantastic colour which is stylish and sophisticated at the same time. The enamel is smooth and glossy, and you can find this cookware being appreciated by your friend and family as you serve them. Something important is that Meyer opted for dark interiors, which hide stains and discoloration better which is ideal for Indian kitchen as we use a lot of colourful spices, from bright turmeric to deep Kashmiri red and rich green coriander powder and yes, we like spice to be roasted well.
One for all
Enamelled cast iron cookware can be used with induction cooktops because iron is a magnetic metal. Additionally, this type of cookware works well on gas or electric stoves since it heats up and retains heat effectively.
No more black residue
The black residue on a cast iron skillet is natural and not harmful; it's just an expected part of cooking with a cast iron pan.
If you don't clean your cooking pans regularly, residue can start to accumulate and impact the flavour of your food. This typically occurs when food starts to burn and there is a build-up of burnt or greasy foods in the bottom of the pan. With Meyer Enamel cast iron, you'll never have to worry about burnt-on food or residue. So go ahead and enjoy cooking but remember to keep it clean!
Did You Know These Myths About Enamel Aren't True?
If you use them correctly, enamelled cast iron pans can last for years.
Enamelled pans might not be as resilient as cast iron skillets, but they are durable enough to last when properly cared for. Additionally, enamelled cast iron pans can withstand higher temperatures than non-ceramic pans due to their resistance against thermal shock from changes in heat.
Enamel is not toxic. It is completely safe to use daily and will not produce toxins.
Enamel is made by fusing glass particles with water, binding them to surfaces under extremely high heat—a temperature reaching approximately 1500ºF. This process ensures that the particles will not dislodge or leach out into food during cooking or storage and using high heat will not produce toxic fumes.
We only use the best materials in our cookware because we care about your safety. All Meyer products are free of PTFE, PFOA, and heavy metals--chemicals that could potentially cause severe concerns.
The enamel on a pan should not make food stick to it if the pan is preheated properly.
If you follow the proper steps and preheat our enamelled cast iron pans, your food will cook as it should. Plus, the pan will be easier to clean. Please follow the instructions provided below.
Before cooking, turn the stove to medium-high and let it heat for about 90 seconds.
Then, add oil and swirl it around so the pan is coated evenly.
After that, allow smoke to rise from the entire surface of the pan.
This step is crucial in ensuring your food will be cooked properly, so make sure not to rush it.) Finally, you can start cooking!
Some ingredients, like eggs or flour, are more prone to sticking than others. If you find that your food is still sticking after cooking, you may switch off the gas and add egg, flour, or batter after 15-20 secs approximately after switching off the heat, you may also look for smoke to vanish before you start adding such ingredients to the pan.
What is the variety of Enamelled Cast Iron?
A Sauteuse is a must-have in any kitchen. Meyer Cast Iron Enamelled Sauteuse can be used to make delicious dishes with liquid in large quantity like soups, stews, and braised meats. Meyer Enamelled Cast Iron Sauteuse is the key to perfectly cooked food every time. The pot recycles moisture, so there's no evaporation or drying out. And because of the thick walls and heavy glass lid, your stews and meats will be soft and delicious. Sauteuse can do it all--cooking large meals on the stovetop or deep frying without any spatter or heat loss.
Flat Tava are especially preferred for cooking popular South Indian delicacies such as dosa and uttapam, or for making pancakes. Meyer Enamelled Flat Tava are especially preferred for its heavy gauge and well-balanced design for easy handling with great results. The Meyer Enamelled Flat Tava is an excellent choice for cooking roti and paratha. Both of which are essential dishes in India. You can also use it to cook eggs, toast, pancakes, crepes etc. The flat surface is incredibly useful when making foods that require liquid batter because you can spread it more easily and the food will retain its shape better. Plus, the rim prevents batter and oil from spilling over the edge by containing them better--making it a safer option overall.
A Meyer cast iron enamel skillet The Meyer cast iron skillet is a versatile and essential kitchen tool that is appreciated by many around the world. Perfectly designed skillet, can fry, sear, braise food easily. With an enamelled pan, there's no need to season beforehand - Meyer Cast Iron Enamel skillet enamel is very tough and won't get scratched easily. Plus, the black glaze on traditional skillets gives them a beautiful look.
Traditional Indian cooking is packed with flavours, and to enhance those flavours you need a kadai that can get hot and remain hot for long. Meyer's cast iron enamel kadhai will give your food the authentic traditional taste. This cooking pot is best for Indian-style slow cooker recipes like stews, koftas, and curries. It can also be used to make a variety of other dishes like fried rice, noodles, and pakodas. Meyer Enamel is known for its high-quality material, which allows us to have a constant and smooth finish with premium exterior and interior.
1. Do not use harsh items such as steel wool to remove burnt-on food and residue. Instead, opt for a dish scrubber to prevent any damage to the enamel coating of your cookware.
2. Don't forget to let your pan cool down before giving it a rinse. If you were to put cold water on a hot pan, the enamel could potentially crack from the sudden temperature change.
3. For the majority of the time, wash your enamelled cast iron cookware by hand. Although they might be dishwasher safe, over time repeated use will damage the protective coating.
4. If you have tough-to-remove food or stains, first soak the interior in warm water and dish detergent. Let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing gently.
5. Make sure to carefully dry your enamel cookware with a microfiber cloth after rinsing it off; this will avoid any water stains.
FAQs Enamel Cast Iron
Can enamelled cast iron pots and pans get scratched?
Enamelled cast iron is sturdy, but it can scratch if you're not careful. You can use metal utensils without fear of scratching the surface but avoid any deep scratches or striking the cookware. If your cookware is severely scratched, it's time for a replacement.
Is enamelled cast iron dishwasher safe?
Yes, Meyer enamelled cast iron is dishwasher safe, but we recommend you care for your enamel cookware by handwashing.
Is enamelled cast iron oven safe?
Can enamelled cast iron pots withstand wear and tear?
It can still crack if dropped because inner body is cast iron and owing to the impact it may damage the enamel. However, with proper care an enamelled cast iron pan will last for many years.
Is porcelain enamel coating porous?
Enamel is a non-porous outer layer of melted glass. Therefore, you don't have to season enamel cookware like you do with unseasoned cast iron which rusts more easily because water Absorbs Into the surface.
Is enamelled cast iron difficult to clean?
You don't need to go out and buy special cleaners for your enamel cookware. All you need is some hot water, dish soap, and a scrubby sponge or brush. Scrubbing will break down the stuck food. The enamel coating is tough enough to handle dish soap and other gentle abrasives.
Is it better for acidic foods--enamelled cast iron?
Yes, it is safe to cook acidic foods in cast iron without causing the seasoning to wear off.