What To Cook In Enamel Pans

In an enamel pan, the possibilities are about as broad as your imagination! From hearty stews bubbling away on a cosy evening, to delicate sautés of fresh vegetables, or lovingly tended Spanish paella - your enamel pan is a very reliable friend in the kitchen.

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Can you cook everything in enamelled cast iron?

Enamel pans can refer to enamel cast iron (such as the Le Creuset type of pan) or enamel stainless steel - such as the more lightweight, versatile Kapka enamel cookware.

Enamelled cast iron is incredibly versatile and can handle a wide range of dishes. It's excellent for both high-heat searing and slow cooking. You can use it to sear steaks, simmer stews, or bake bread. 

However, while you can cook almost anything in it, enamelled cast iron isn't ideal for quick sautéing as it heats slowly. It's best used for dishes where heat retention and even distribution are beneficial. 

An example would be making a coq au vin, where the pot slowly simmers and melds flavours together beautifully.

What are the benefits of enamel cast iron cookware?

Enamelled cast iron combines the durability of cast iron with a sleek enamel coating, creating a smooth, non-reactive cooking surface. Here are five key benefits:

  1. No Seasoning Required. 
  2. Cook Acidic Foods
  3. Rust-Free
  4. Versatility
  5. Longevity

Unlike traditional cast iron, enamelled cast iron doesn't need seasoning, saving time and effort. The enamel acts as a long-lasting seasoning, ensuring generations of use.

The enamel coating allows cooking acidic and alkaline foods without worrying about damaging the seasoning, making it perfect for simmering sauces and tomato-based dishes.

Enamelled cast iron won't rust, and it's safe to soak and clean with hot, soapy water, simplifying maintenance.

Available in various shapes, sizes, and colours, enamelled cast iron accommodates a range of cooking methods, from baking and boiling to sautéing and roasting.

With proper care, enamelled cast iron lasts for generations, retaining its charm and functionality over time.

What is the difference between enamelled cast iron, and normal cast iron?

  • Cast iron needs seasoning, and enamelled cast iron doesn’t
  • Seasoned cast iron can be more non-stick than enamel
  • Enamel cast iron is dishwasher safe
  • But enamel cast iron can also chip

Properly seasoned traditional cast iron can become highly non-stick. Whereas enamelled cast iron requires greasing to prevent sticking.

Enamelled cast iron is dishwasher safe, unlike traditional cast iron, which can rust if exposed to harsh detergents.

Enamelled cast iron can chip if mishandled, unlike traditional cast iron, which is more resilient to damage.

Enamelled cast iron should be heated slowly and on low to medium-low heat to avoid damaging the enamel coating, unlike traditional cast iron, which can withstand high heat.

In conclusion, enamelled cast iron offers a versatile and long-lasting cooking experience, making it a valuable addition to any kitchen. Whether you opt for enamelled or traditional cast iron, both provide exceptional results when cared for properly.

What cannot be cooked in enamelled cast iron?

Enamelled cast iron cookware is excellent for many cooking tasks, but some recipes are less suited for it:

  • Deep frying
  • Quick sautéing
  • Flash-cooking delicate seafood

Due to its slow heating, it's not ideal for the quick temperature spikes needed.

Foods that require high heat for a short time, like stir-fried vegetables, may not perform as well.

Items like scallops or thin fish fillets might overcook before getting a proper sear.

While generally resistant, prolonged cooking of acidic foods can degrade the enamel.

Is enamel safe for boiling water?

Yes, enamel cookware is safe for boiling water. It's an excellent choice for making pasta or blanching vegetables. 

The enamel coating does not react with water and provides even heat distribution, ensuring that water boils efficiently. This type of cookware is commonly used for preparing broths and soups as well.

Can you cook tomato sauce in enamelled cast iron?

Yes, you can cook tomato sauce in enamelled cast iron. The enamel coating is non-reactive, so it won’t interact with the acidity in tomatoes. 

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