Care & Use

How to Use Enamelware

Enamelware is fired at 1700F when it’s made, so our pieces are always safe to use in the oven or on the stove, grill or campfire.

If your enamelware is left empty on a hot burner or oven, switch off the heat and allow the items to cool slightly before adding liquid.

Remember, enamelware can get very hot or cold to the touch like other metallic-based cookware, so remember to use an oven mitt and / or trivet to protect your hands and surfaces.

Protect your enamelware by drying it thoroughly after each washing or use.

Enamelware Don’ts

  • Don’t use enamelware in the microwave.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners or hard water stain removers.
  • Don’t use sharp edged metal utensils on your enamelware or it will scratch.
  • Don’t allow enamelware items to boil dry when using them on the stovetop as that may damage the enamel surface.

Cleaning Tips

Our enamelware is dishwasher safe, and a soap-filled scouring pad or sponge can remove stains and burned on grease – don’t use abrasive cleaners or hard water stain removers as they may dull your shiny piece.

It’s best to empty and dry tea kettles and coffee pots after each use to keep rust away.

If you do experience a little rusting, try the following method:

  • Place 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a squeeze of lemon juice into the item.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Let cool and wash thoroughly before using. Good as new!
  • As with any well-loved and hard-working piece, some scratching and dulling is likely to occur over time.

Chip Talk

If those chips could talk, they’d tell your family’s stories. Like all fine ceramic materials, our enamelware will chip if it’s dropped or handled too roughly – but not to worry, the steel core won’t shatter and any chips are only skin deep. Pieces with these “beauty marks” are still perfectly usable and pose no danger of lead or other materials leeching out. Some people prefer the antique look of chips (in fact, some manufacturers purposely distress their products) and some prefer their enamelware looking hot off the presses. But no matter which you prefer, your enamelware is good to go. Be sure to coat your enamelware in cooking oil to prevent rusting.

For a quick fix at home, you can purchase a food-safe enamel repair kit and follow the instructions on the package. Crow Canyon has not verified the long-term effectiveness of enamel repair kits on our products though, so we can’t confirm your piece will be food-safe afterwards.