How long does enameled cast iron last?

In this text we will provide the answer to the question: “How long does enameled cast iron last?”. In addition, we will explain what enameled cast iron is and the advantages of cooking in a cast iron pan.

How long does enameled cast iron last?

Enameled cast iron pans can last more than decades, while utensils usually last between 3 to 5 years. In addition, what will dictate the duration of your enameled cast iron pan is the care you take when washing, using, handling and storing your pans.

With proper care, they last a lifetime. The internal enamel is very resistant, but it is necessary to use utensils that do not scratch, such as silicone spatulas, bamboo spoons, etc. You also have to be careful not to bump or drop them, because they can chip or in the worst case break. If you drop one of these I risk saying that it can ruin your floor or break your foot hahaha.

My first advice to anyone thinking about buying one of these pans is to go to a physical store and see the pan in person before taking your chances in an online store. I say this because the first big difference between these pans is the weight: they are VERY heavy.

This can be an advantage, as the lid does not “jump” with the steam of cooking, it is 100% sealed and this makes the food cook much faster. The disadvantage is in the lack of mobility, it is a more difficult pan to transport, lifting with one hand just depending on the size is not even possible. Therefore, it is important that you take the pan, observe, especially if you choose the most expensive ones.

These pans have the same efficient browning power, but the enameled inner coating is not non-stick. Enamel protects against rust but will darken and tarnish over time, although it still works very well. 

This slightly sticky feature is especially useful for creating a superior sauce for roast beef, for example. Another advantage is that it can go in the oven (just taking care to make sure that the lid handle is also heat resistant).

What is enameled cast iron?

Cast Enameled Iron is a kind of cookware that has been coated with porcelain enamel. The coating protects cast iron from rust and corrosion, making it easier to clean than regular cast iron without losing any of its benefits. It is also oven safe up to 500 degrees F.

Enameled cast iron pans are made by first creating a cast iron pan. The inside of the pan is then coated with porcelain and fired at high temperatures to melt it into the metal, making an extremely durable surface that can withstand very high heat without cracking or warping. It’s also non-reactive (doesn’t chemically react with food), so you don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching out of your cookware.

What are the advantages of cooking in a cast iron pan?

The biggest advantage of cast iron or enameled pans is the fact that they release iron particles when exposed to high temperatures, helping to avoid anemia and increasing the nutritional value of the food prepared in them, without drying them out.

In addition, this type of pan creates a layer of protein at the bottom when using it to cook meat, which is perfect for making sauces.

This type of pan, formerly used in wood stoves on large farms and old kitchens in many homes, are the best for cooking, according to the great culinary masters.

In addition to offering great durability due to their high strength, they have fast and uniform heating power, and are excellent in heat retention and energy efficiency.

In the case of enameled iron pans, they are not only aesthetically more beautiful, but also allow for better non-sticking, preventing food from sticking to the bottom, as well as dispensing an excessive amount of oil.

But to ensure all these benefits, knowing how to choose the best enameled iron pan is essential. That’s because they are usually very heavy, in addition to having different sizes, innovative and colorful designs, as well as extra accessories such as a grill, lid and special tongs.

Enameled cast iron cookware is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of cast iron cooking but doesn’t want to worry about rust or seasoning. It’s also great for allergy sufferers as it’s made from 100% enameled cast iron and has no metal parts that can come into contact with food.


In this text we provided the answer to the question: “How long does enameled cast iron last?”. In addition, we explained what enameled cast iron is and the advantages of cooking in a cast iron pan.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.