The best way to clean enameled cast iron cookware

Enameled cast iron is some of the most dynamic cookware on the market. But it can cost a pretty penny. And though many brands claim theirs is dishwasher-safe, handwashing will extend the lifetime of your pot. Here’s how to clean your enameled cast iron cookware. 

Items you’ll need:

  • Scotch-Brite pad
  • Dish soap
  • Hot water
  • Baking soda
  • A plastic food scraper
  • A hard plastic sponge 

Step 1: Take care of the outside

If something bubbled over the outside of your pot, make a paste consisting of three parts baking soda and one part water and scrub it onto the spill stains with a Scotch-Brite pad. Do not use steel wool. 

Step 2: Soap and soak the inside 

Fill the pot with a little bit of dish soap and hot water. Then add two tablespoons of baking soda and let it sit for 15 minutes. 

Step 3: Scrape off excess food 

Pour out about half of the water, then use a plastic scraper to remove any stubborn residue from the bottom of the pot. 

Step 4: Sponge scrub

Pour out the remaining water and scraped-off food bits. Then fill with fresh hot water and a few squirts of dish soap and scrub the bottom and sides with the plastic sponge. 

Step 5: Apply the paste to the inside 

If your enameled cast iron still has some burnt-on bits, use the baking soda paste from Step 1 on the inside. Let it sit for a few hours or even overnight if you can. 

Step 6: Add hot water

After the paste has sat nice and long, add some hot water and scrub the stained areas with a sponge. 

Step 7: Final wash and rinse

After the stubborn stains have come out, do a final wash with hot water and a little dish soap and rinse it out. 

Step 8: Dry and store

Place the pot in a drying rack or gently on a towel to dry. Once completely dry, store as usual.

The versatility of enameled cast iron is a must-have for any home chef, but it’s important to maintain it so you get the most mileage out of the investment. Taking a few extra little steps in the cleaning process goes a long way. 

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