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Looking at buying new cookware. Again. I want cast iron this time, since I'm tired of wearing non-stick items out. So for those that use enamel coated cast it? Hate it? Horrid to clean? Chips too easy? What brand do you have? tia

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Last updated: Jan. 1, 2013 7:00 am
Posted: Dec. 31, 2012 4:11 pm
Answered by: Cindy in Pensacola
Dec. 31, 2012 4:23 pm
I'm interested to see the responses too, since I don't own anything enamel coated but am interested in getting some.
Dec. 31, 2012 4:38 pm
I.too would be interested to see other ar responses. I have and love my basic cast iron 10" fry pan,but I also have a 12"enamel coated pan,which I have had for years, but just started using, and I love it. It has chips on the edges of the pan, but they don't effect the use, and cleanup of this pan is a breeze. Been thinking about getting an enamel coated Dutch oven, but they are pricey, and I have a cast iron 6 qt one. Any thoughts..? Carol
Answered by: It's A New Day
Dec. 31, 2012 4:35 pm
I got my first enamel coated cast iron casserole for Christmas. It is not a name brand. I'll be using it for the first time tomorrow to make our pork and sauerkraut. I'm anxious to see how it goes.
Answered by: gderr the dysfunctional
Dec. 31, 2012 4:45 pm
cast iron is excellent! i don't know about the enamel coated ones. i collect cast iron, but that being said...i would suggest a cheap 12" inch fry/ saute pan and a couple large dutch ovens also stainless. some things i feel compelled to make in cast iron ie---collards and then some in no set is perfect. you can buy cast iron at flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops. burn them outside over a fire to get rust off then re-season. good as new. happy new year.
Answered by: Seeker
Dec. 31, 2012 4:52 pm
Funny you should ask. The other day I would have said something different. I have a Lodge enameled coated 6 qt. I love making soup and other dishes in it. It does stain from things a lot but I soak with a little a bleach and the pan still looks just like brand new. (Almost let me explain.) I'm meticulous about the care of my pans and being extremely cautious when washing it by hand...but one little tiny slip the other night and a minute chip from the outer rim was lying there. Talk about frustrating. I couldn't believe how fragile. Anyway, doesn't hurt the usage for me, but what's up with that? I promise it barely touched the sink. Aggravating!
Dec. 31, 2012 4:58 pm
Can I just say I was married in 1960, and received some Farberware for shower and wedding gifts. I'm still using it, still love it, and it still looks great!!
Answered by: AllieGeekPi
Dec. 31, 2012 4:58 pm
I have a Tramontina 6qt dutch oven from Walmart. It was on sale for $39 earlier this year. The rim is uncoated. It performs well and I'm pleased with the purchase. I use it for sauces, chili, jams, jellies, soups...
Dec. 31, 2012 6:08 pm
I have both cast iron and enamel coated cast iron and I love them all. Cast iron is the only cookware that i use. I've not had any issues with chipping the enamel and cleaning them have never been an issue. My original cast iron pans are Lodge brand and my enamel coated are Le Crueset. I did burn once the enamel dutch oven and used a Mr Clean Magic scrubber on it which cleaned right up.
Ann Maksymiw
Dec. 31, 2012 7:12 pm
Agree 100% with you Elaine. I too have Lodge. They are excellent. I even have a couple that were my dads', about 50 years old. Le Crueset is good, so too Chasseur or Staub. I also have a cheap one I purchased at Costco, works brilliantly, it is enamelled and made in France but at quarter the cost. The only pans I use now are cast iron.
Answered by: the4taals
Dec. 31, 2012 6:22 pm
I have a set of Lagostina pots that I got as a shower gift 21 years ago, love them, the stock pot has a heavy base and is great for canning. I also have a set of 3 Dutch ovens that are enameled (BK brand from Holland) and love those too, I have started using them in the oven instead of my crockpot since the new crockpots cook so hot.
Dec. 31, 2012 6:23 pm
I have not chipped my enamelware either and they clean up great.
Answered by: Mamma's Trying
Dec. 31, 2012 6:59 pm
I have a large 12 inch enamel coated fry pan from Technique (QVC)that I hate! It's heavy & a royal PAIN to clean. I have to soak it in bleach water every time.
Patty Cakes
Dec. 31, 2012 8:31 pm
Love my enamel CI! I have an 8"egg pan that I am crazy for! I also have a round and oval dutch ovens. Great cookware! Clean up is fast. Alto, some parts of the enamel get stained even after cleaning. But who cares, the Queen of England rarely shows up at the house!! Lol try flea markets or good wills. Marshals or Ross also has it on the cheap side. Don't worry about name brand, they work the same, save your money!!
Jan. 1, 2013 6:58 am
I just got my first Le Creuset enameled Dutch oven a few months ago and love it! So much so that I'm looking at other pieces to buy, like skillets and saucepans. I've only made a few things in it, but it cleans up like a breeze. With proper care, it will last a lifetime :)
Jan. 1, 2013 7:00 am
The biggest difference I've noticed between Le Creuset and Tramotina (the brand Wal-Mart sells) is, the cheaper brand is a LOT heavier, making it harder for me to handle.....a big reason I went with the spendier product.
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