Posted by sarah
on Jun 26, 2012 in Design
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It’s Tuesday and my fridge is still broken. Somewhere between going to bed on Friday and waking up on Saturday my fridge decided to take a sabbatical and flake out. Saturday to Tuesday is a long time not to have a working fridge and I am testing the limits of preservatives in food. However, I’m a glass half full type of girl and there are some positive things to come out of this situation. For instance, I have an excellent reason to clean out my fridge and freezer, I have discovered a couple new cafes/restaurants in my neighbourhood to eat at and I am supporting local businesses, and I am learning about expiry dates :)
I would still like to have my fridge back. Fridge, let’s never fight again.
These days, I find myself taking a strong interest in researching tableware and kitchenware materials. Let’s talk about enamelware. I don’t think I have ever owned a piece of enamelware, I don’t remember growing up with enamelware in my home in Toronto and I can’t say I know too much about why I would use it over stoneware, porcelain or earthenware. Today it changes. The British enamelware brand, Falcon, caught my attention and I decided to do some digging. It’s interesting how something so big and popular in one country or region is almost non-existant in another. This is not surprising but I still find it endlessly fascinating how local some brands stay, despite our increasingly connected, global economy.
Back to enamelware: Falcon makes these adorable enamel mugs, tumblers, pie sets and bake sets which are recognizable by its all white body and coloured rim.
As you can see by the date in the logo (above), this brand has been around for a long time, nearly 100 years in fact. I surmise, part of the reason why this brand is making a “come back” is thanks to its spiffy new look from Kiwi & Pom and Morse Studio (its rebrand) and the other part may be driven by an interest in the revival of vintage or retro products mixed with its attractive minimalist, clean design.
Enamelware is made of porcelain that is fused onto steel, which helps its durability as a product. Other beneficial properties include that it can withstand high heat and keep its colour. Apparently enamelware was created (gotta love innovation) as a safe means to coat iron pots (the material du jour) which often left food and liquid with an iron-y, unplesant taste.
Photo Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
I think I would like to test out their pie dish and see how it compares to baking in Pyrex or a metal pan. Are there any Falcon enamelware baking fans out there? I would love to hear about your experience with this material.
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