How to use, clean and store enameled cast-iron pots

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How to use, clean and store enameled cast-iron pots

Not only do they stand out, but enamel cast iron pots have some fantastic benefits and uses too. If you’re in the market for some new pots, read below to find out everything you need to know before your big purchase.

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1. COOKING

The best method of cooking using enamelled cast-iron pots is to gradually bring them to temperature. Cast iron absorbs, distributes and maintains heat evenly. Reserve high heat for boiling and reducing. Ensure you’ve coated the pot or pan with fat before you start heating. If you boil the pot dry, you may damage the enamel.

There’s no need to worry about the type of stove you have, enameled cast-iron pots work perfectly on gas, induction and electric stoves.

Avoid using metal utensils as they can scratch and chip the enamel coating. Opt for wooden and silicone utensils instead.

2. CLEANING

Luckily, unlike traditional cast-iron pots, enameled cast-iron pots are super-easy to clean. The best way is hot water, dish soap, and a sponge. Make sure to wipe the pot dry with a dishcloth before storing.

If you have tougher stains, let the pot cool completely before cleaning it. This ensures the enameled cast-iron will not crack. Soak the pot in warm water with dishwashing liquid for about 15 minutes. The stain should be easy to remove after that. If it still remains, fill the pot with soapy water and place on the stove over a low heat. Use scouring sponges to scrape away the residue – try not to rub too hard or apply too much pressure. Avoid abrasive metal scouring pads or steel wool as they can easily scratch and chip the enamel coating. Once the pot is clean, rinse it and leave it to dry.

Do not stack the pots or place other dishes on top of them to prevent scratches and chipping.

3. STORING

These enameled pots look amazing! Show them off. If you have open shelves, put them on display (after all, how will your guests know you’re a fantastic cook?).

Use pot protectors to prevent the pots from being scratched.

Now that you know how to care for your pots, it’s time to put them to use! Here are 3 recipes to get you started:

Novice baking: Easy focaccia

FocacciaGet the recipe for easy focaccia here.

Comfort meal: whole poached chicken soup

whole-poached-chicken-soupGet the recipe for whole poached chicken soup here. 

Dessert: Dutch baby with marshmallow eggs

Dutch-baby-with-marshmallow-eggsGet the recipe for Dutch baby with marshmallow eggs here.

With Woolworths’ Madison Collection cast-iron cookware, you’ll enjoy being in the kitchen. Durable and versatile, these food-safe essentials are made from heavy-duty cast iron with a glossy enamel finish and suitable for any heat source, whether it’s on the hob or inside the oven. The range includes 26 cm and 30 cm casseroles, and a 30 cm skillet. 

Shop at Woolworths.

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The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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