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Let's Learn about Enamelware

The enamelware is antibacterial and easy to wash. However, irregular coating or uneven surfaces may occur depending on the product. These come about in the manufacturing process and do not cause any problems in use.

In this article, we introduce questions about enamelware products we have been receiving from our customers. In addition, this blog contains the proper care, storage methods, and caution for use. So, please read this before using your enamelware.

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What is enamelware?

琺瑯は、金属板の表面にガラス質の釉薬を焼きつける技法で作られます。

Enamelware is made by burning glassy glaze on the surface of the metal plate. It solves problems of the rustiness of metal and the fragility of glass, which enables both the durability of metal and the clean and beautiful appearance of glass.

The history of enamelware dates back to 1200 B.C. It is said that enamelware was used in the golden mask of Tutankhamun, the ancient Egyptian king. Enamelware was commercialized in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and was introduced into the Japanese Army and Navy as tableware in 1890.

The enamelware product is suitable for boiling water or cooking thanks to its high thermal conductivity. It also has excellent cooling in food storage. In addition, it is also used in the manufacture of chemical substances because of highly resistant to chemicals, acids, and salt.

Enamelware prevents stains or odors because it is a very hard material and keeps germs from propagating. Thanks to its feature, it is easy-wash-and-care.

Notes on enamelware

琺瑯は金属とガラス質で構成されているため、ガス火やIH、オーブンで使用することができます。

Enamelware is compatible with the gas stove, the induction cooker, and the oven. However, it can not be used in the microwave oven. Also, please be aware that sudden changes in the temperature, such as soaking it in water after heating may cause cracks or breakage.

If you drop the enamelware or hit it on something, it may chip or crack since the surface is vitreous.

FAQ

鉄板の端部には、形状の都合により塗りムラが生じる場合があります。

The followings are frequently asked questions about enamelware from our customers.

Uneven coating

The edges of the iron plate may have irregular coating due to its shape. There is no problem with using it.

Small bumps

Handcrafted enamelware has small bumps due to uneven glaze coating and black dents from hanging hooks in the manufacturing process. These are the specifications of the product.

Distortion and deformation

Enamelware may be deformed or distorted by heating it without any ingredients or sudden temperature changes. Even if it happens, you can continue to use it. However, please refrain from rapid heating or cooling of enamelware because it may crack due to deformation.

Rust

Some parts of the iron plate, such as the edges, are not glazed. Leaving these areas wet can cause rust. When you store the product or do not use it for a long time, please wipe off the water and dry it thoroughly before storing it.

Iron in tap water or food can also cause rust on the product.

Rust stains can be easily removed by wiping them off because they are just sticking to the product. However, if you leave the enamelware with rust stains, the rust itself may come out and spread throughout the product. So, please take care of them as soon as possible.

The rust is harmless for using the product and for your health even if you have it with meals.

Discoloration

As you continue to use the enamelware, it may become discolored by the pigmentation of food or other products. Minor stains can be removed with a melamine sponge. As for stubborn stains, please use baking soda powder.

Fill the enamelware with water, add 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda powder, and heat it. When it boils, turn it off and leave it for a few hours. Then, drain the water and wash it with the sponge and kitchen detergent.

Baking soda water can cause rough hands. If your skin is sensitive, please wear plastic gloves. Please note that enamelware may lose gloss due to using baking soda or deterioration over time.

If you use a metal ladle or spatula for the enamelware, it may be colored. We recommend using a wooden or silicone utensil.

How to care for enamelware

琺瑯製品のご使用後は、スポンジとキッチン用の中性洗剤を用いて洗浄し、水気をよく拭き取ってから乾燥させてください。

Enamelware products can be used for a long time with proper care. Please refer to this section for taking care of your enamelware.

Method for cleaning enamelware

After using the enamelware, wash it with the sponge and kitchen detergent. Then, drain it well and dry it before storing it.

Please do not use the steel wool, the scrubbing brush or the abrasive, as it may cause scratches or damage.

If you want to remove colored stains, please refer to the previous section.

How to remove scorch

If you burn your enamelware, fill it with water, stir in 2 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of baking soda, add 2-3 drops of cooking oil, and heat it. Bring to a boil, turn it off, and leave it for a few hours. After that, clean with the sponge and kitchen detergent.

If the scorch is too severe to remove all at once, repeat this procedure several times.

Stacking

Cooking trays can be stacked to make better use of the space while storing. However, if the enamelware cooking tray is stacked with the metal one, metal stains may be stuck to the enamelware. So, please avoid stacking with metal products when storing.

Enamelware is also easily affected by shock. Please be careful not to drop or bump the product.

Storage

Some parts of the iron plate, such as the edges, are exposed without glaze. If they get wet, the product can become rusty. Please dry it thoroughly before storing it.

Please also avoid storing in humid places to prevent rust.

Let's design your kitchen with beautiful enamelware.

Enamelware feels warm with a simple and beautiful design.

It can last for decades if properly maintained. Why don't you design your kitchen stylishly with sanitary and multipurpose enamelware?

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