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Enameled cast iron is cast iron that has a vitreous enamel glaze. As no-stick surface, the enamel coating over the cast iron prevents rusting, eliminates the need to season the metal, and allows for more thorough cleaning. Furthermore, pigments used in the enameling process can produce vibrant colors. Enameled cast-iron cookware & bakeware are not only to meet the needs of daily kitchenware, but also used as festival cooking pots, because of their stylish, calm or bold temperament. While enamel coated cast iron doesn't have the seasoning and cleaning issues of bare cast iron, it can be several times more costly, and does not have some of the benefits of bare cast iron, such as the ability to withstand searing heat and resist sticking. It limits the leaching of dietary iron, and chipping of the enamel coating can be a concern.
Well-known manufacturers of enameled cast iron cookware are Cousances, Le Creuset, Tramontina, Le Chasseur, Lodge, Staub, Descoware, John Wright and Hemyr. Several newer brands in USA are associated with well-known celebrities and chefs, including Daniel Boulud Kitchen, Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray Cookware (made by Anolon), and Mario Batali (made by Copco).