One of the most popular types of light weight yet functional and durable kitchen cookware sets on the market today is Porcelain Enamel Cookware. Porcelain enamel is a type of glass material called “frit” that is baked on to the outside of the cookware core, which is usually heavy gauge aluminum, at a high temperature and forms a hard, dent proof and scratch resistant yet light weight shell around the core of the cooking pan. The beauty of porcelain enamel is that it can come in many colors, not just black, gray or stainless steel, as most non-stick cookware. Rachael Ray offers her porcelain enamel cookware in several two-tone gradient exteriors to fit your style, personality or even to match the look of your kitchen or other appliances. The cooking surface can be aluminum, stainless steel or have a non-stick coating. Porcelain Enamel Cookware has a light weight aluminum core for even heating of the bottom and sides of pan to prevent cold spots and hot spots that can ruin your dish, and has a non-stick coating that prevents food from sticking and makes cleaning a breeze.
5 Benefits of Porcelain Enamel Cookware
Light Weight Pans
Some people may be intimidated by heavy cookware, such as cast iron or even heavy-weight non-stick cookware, that can weigh 5 to 10 pounds or more per piece. A 12 inch porcelain enamel skillet can weigh just 2.1 lbs, as compared to a 12 inch Analon non-stick skillet that weight over 5 lbs, or even the Rachael Hard Anodized 12 inch skillet that weighs almost 3 lbs. This is easy enough for just bout anyone to handle.
Can Go in the Oven
Unlike most non-stick cookware that only be used on the stove top up to the medium heat setting, Porcelain Enamel Non-stick Cookware can be used on the stove top or in the oven up to 350° Fahrenheit. This allows you to use one pan for the entire cooking process, especially if the dish requires starting on the stove top and finishing in the oven, such as browning meat or chicken to sear the outside, then putting in the oven to cook the inside.
Stay Cool Handles
One of the biggest issues with cookware that goes in the oven is that the handles can get too hot to touch. The unique rubberized handles stay cool to the touch to prevent burns when removing from the oven or stove top.
Comes in Several Exciting Colors
While many non-stick skillets and pans come in just black, grey, or silver, the Porcelain Enamel II Cookware Set from Rachael Ray, for example, comes in several exciting two-tone gradient colors, including: Blue, Red, Orange, Fennel, Green and Purple, to match your kitchen, favorite color or even your personality.
Due to the baked on enamel external coating, porcelain enamel non-stick cookware is scratch resistant, and can hold up in even the most demanding kitchens.
Popular Porcelain Enamel Cookware Sets
Here are the most popular brands of Porcelain Enamel Cookware on the market today.
- Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel II Non-Stick Cookware
- KitchenAid Gourmet Aluminum Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
- Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 15-Piece Cookware Set
- Farberware Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Bulb 10-Piece Cookware Set