Lodge Enameled Cast Iron
Since it was founded in 1896, Lodge Cast Iron has built and maintained its reputation as a top provider of cast iron cookware by focusing on quality and innovation. Lodge enameled cast iron cookware was first produced in 2005 as part of the Lodge L Series, which was soon joined by the Lodge Color Series. Both of those lines have now been discontinued, but Lodge continues to provide quality enameled cast iron cookware that evokes the style and functionality of French cookware at a fraction of the cost.
Lodge Enamel Cookware
Lodge Enamel lets users enjoy cooking with traditional cast iron that has the added visual appeal of a beautiful enamel finish. The porcelain finish forms when a glass particulate, known as frit, becomes bonded to the iron at oven temperatures of 1200 to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. This enameled cast iron cookware is available in bright shades of red, orange, blue, green, and purple, as well as classic white. Each piece has a black matte porcelain interior cooking surface.
Lodge enameled cast iron cookware, which is oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, includes a round 11-inch skillet, square 10-inch grill pan, square Panini press lids, casserole dishes, and Dutch ovens. Lodge enameled Dutch ovens and casserole dishes are available in traditional round or oval shapes and come with a handle on each side and a matching lid equipped with a stainless steel knob. Specialty pieces include mini cocottes and red or green apple-shaped Dutch ovens with a stainless steel stem and leaf.
Although all Lodge cast iron cookware is made in America, Lodge enameled cast iron products are produced in China according to the company's specific quality standards. Additionally, all of these products are compliant with FDA standards, overseen by an American-owned third-party inspection company and reviewed by Lodge's in-house Quality Assurance Department.
Cooking With and Maintaining Lodge Enamel
Despite the different finish, home chefs who are accustomed to traditional cast iron will enjoy the same heat retention, even cooking, and versatility with Lodge enameled cast iron cookware. Because there is no exposed cast iron, you can also use this cookware to marinate and refrigerate food without the risk of damaging the cookware or altering the taste and color of the food. However, enameled cast iron does have different use and care requirements than traditional cast iron.
Although this enameled cookware is safe for use on the stove and in the oven and can be used to bake, broil, fry, and more, it isn't compatible with outdoor grills, campfire cooking, or microwaves. The porcelain finish will chip if the cookware is banged, dropped, or otherwise not handled with proper care. To avoid this, it's important to store your pieces with additional protection, like rubber bumpers, to prevent it from breaking in storage. You should also be sure to lift and move the pieces instead of sliding them across a surface, and place them on trivets or cloths, rather than directly on the counter or table top. Finally, take care to heat and cool the cookware gradually rather than exposing it to sudden thermal shocks like rinsing hot cookware with cold water.
Enameled cast iron cookware should be completely cool before being washed. Lodge recommends handwashing these pieces with warm water and soap to better preserve their appearance, but they are dishwasher-safe. Metal utensils, including cleaning pads, can harm the porcelain finish. Nylon pads and scrapers can help you remove any leftover food, and wooden, silicone, or nylon utensils won't cause any damage. To create a non-stick surface and easier cleanup, use oil or a cooking spray each time the cookware is used.