You may not know 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 often baked on to the outside of a light weight core, which is usually heavy gauge aluminum, at a high temperature to form a hard, dent proof and scratch resistant, yet light weight protective shell around the core of the cooking pan. The beauty of porcelain enamel is that the glass frit can come in many colors, not just traditional black, gray or stainless stee. Rachael Ray Cookware offers this popular porcelain enamel cookware in several attractive two-tone gradient exteriors to fit your style, personality or even to match the look of your kitchen or appliances. The cooking surface is often hard aluminum or stainless steel.
Rachael Ray 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, and has a PFOA-free non-stick surface that prevents food from sticking and makes cleaning a breeze.
Porcelain enamel cookware is sturdy enough for a professional kitchen, yet light enough for everyday use. 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.
Unlike most non-stick cookware that can only be used on the stove top up to the medium heat setting, Porcelain Enamel 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.
One of the biggest issues with porcelain cookware that goes in the oven is that the handles can get too hot to touch. The unique rubberized stay cool handles prevent burns when removing from the oven or stove top.
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.
Here are the most popular brands of Porcelain Enamel Cookware on the market today.