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How do you cook with enamel cookware?

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Before using your enamel cookware, it is important to read the manufacturer's instruction manual or website for exact care details. Specifics change depending on how it's coated, whether it is non-stick and of what materials the handles of the pots are made. Generally, you need to pre-heat the pan before adding oils, avoid high heat without sufficient liquids and bypass aerosol sprays.

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  1. Wash and dry thoroughly

    Before using your enamel cookware for the first time, it is important to wash it by hand in warm water using a liquid detergent, then dry it with a clean towel. Never put your enamel cookware in the dishwasher or use harsh, abrasive cleaners or chemicals on them.

  2. Preheat the pan

    Let the pan heat on your stove top for a few minutes before adding oil or butter. Don't use a high heat setting to quicken the heating process, as this could damage the coating on the pan. Use high heat only while a liquid is boiling, and experiment with low to medium settings for searing or creating stews.

  3. Add butter or oil

    Use a small dab of butter to begin cooking. If the butter bubbles, then you are ready to begin cooking. Do not use aerosol sprays in place of oil, as this interferes with the non-stick release of the cookware.

  4. Cook according to your recipe

    Once your oil or butter temperature has reached the optimal point, make your favorite soups, stews and even sear meats in your enamel cookware. Make sure you don't subject the cookware to high heat. Follow the recipe for your dish as usual. You can use most enamel cookware in the oven, up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the handles are also ovenproof before putting pans in the oven.

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