We have been proud stockists of enamelware since 2002, a decision that stems from the history of our 120-year-old general merchant store.
Given the century-long retail backstory and rustic iron and timber construction of our building, we choose stock that is utilitarian, simple in design, and always useful.
It is endearing when customers come into the store and standing in front of our Falcon enamelware display evokes memories of loved ones, be it a grandmother, favourite aunt or parent. Just holding a Falcon enamelware dish brings food memories rushing back of meals shared, conversations in the kitchen and love exchanged.
While many of our customers grew up with enamelware and are familiar with its care and use, other customers are new to using enamel cookware and we have prepared the following information.
Falcon enamelware is one of several enamel cookware manufacturers that came out of the Birmingham district in northern England in the early 20th century. Falcon enamelware was established by Joe Kleiner in the 1920’s and ownership changed hands only 18 years ago.
To help you enjoy and care for your new enamelware, we would like to point out some of the distinctive characteristics of enamelware:
- The enamel surface is applied by hand;
- Minor surface irregularities and unfinished edges are a normal result of the metalworking and enameling process; and
- As with any kind of dinnerware, some scratching and dulling of the surface is likely to occur over time.
- Do not scrub with abrasive materials on the enamel surface. Remove stains and burned-on grease with a soap filled scouring pad or sponge (we use and recommend softer copper scouring cloths and sponges);
- Use sharp utensils with care to prevent scratching;
- Do not use enamelware in the microwave;
- Allowing enamelware to boil dry can damage the enamel;
- If enamelware is left empty on a hot burner or in a heated oven, switch off and allow to cool, slowly adding liquid;
- Enamel on steel is hard and strong, however like all good ceramic materials it will chip if handled too roughly.