If you grew up in the 60’s and 70’s or went camping as a kid, chances are, you’re familiar with enamelware. And like so many things from that era (Gucci, anyone?), it’s hip again. It’s loved by the editors of food52, popping up all over Instagram, and being used in countless outdoor weddings.
Today, enamelware feels as appropriate in the Adirondacks as it does in a condo in Brooklyn. Why? Because it’s functional. But it’s also urban and rural; universal in the best sense.
Plus, it’s a treat to reach for something that’s so lightweight, carefree, and fun for both kids and grandparents.
To channel a retro vibe, Crow Canyon Home makes pieces that are charming pieces of Americana, full of nostalgic, old-fashioned goodness. Used outdoors, they’re a great alternative to glass and disposable paper and plastic containers.
And if you’re going camping, enamelware is easy to carry and safe to use on the grill or the campfire.
Farther afield, we recently found enamelware (in dinnerware, it’s actually porcelain fused onto heavy gauge steel) at Maison et Objet in Paris, where a duo of Turkish sisters were introducing Bornn, a new line of handcrafted enamelware. Their Marble Swirl pieces, each of which is hand made and colored, is stunning.
I mean, how is this even possible? Every piece is hand dipped and colored, so the pattern changes throughout.
Or for something simpler, there’s the Bloom collection, available in seven colors:
So what do you need to know? Enamelware dinnerware is made using a steel base, which is hand dipped in porcelain multiple times to build a base and topcoat to withstand heat. To create splatterware, a second color is flicked on using a special brush. Marble patterns are dipped and swirled multiple times until the colors are just right.
Enamelware is dishwasher, oven (up to 500F), grill, and stovetop safe. It’s also easy to clean and lightweight, so it’s great for kids. With heavy use, it might chip at the edges; don’t worry, that’s part of its appeal. And it’s completely food safe (even with chips). But don’t use it in the microwave, as the metal inside won’t do well.
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