Dating old enamel coffee pots
But there are so many things about it that are appealing, at least conceptually: cute little canvas tents, a crackling fire, lots of plaid, the stars. But one of the good things I do recall about the few times I went camping is my little set of enameled bowls, plates and cookware.
It isn’t an activity I’ve engaged in for about a decade, and I have no imminent plans to take it back up.
With this particular piece, there is some minor pitting and many, many scratches to the finish with deeply ingrained rust stains.
These scratches (and rust surrounding the pitted areas) did not go away with soap and water alone, so I made a paste mix of lemon juice and baking soda and spread it evenly on the tray with a paintbrush.
Luckily, enamelware is also extremely resilient and can be brought back from the brink of despair with a few simple products!
— As with almost any cleaning-related project, you want to start with the most mild, least-harsh solution before moving up the ranks.
There’s something about that seems so lovely and quaint. There are also wasps and other stinging insects whose damages range from annoying to disgusting to life threatening. Even if I was never one for the outdoors, I was always one for the accoutrements and accessories, and those enamel pieces were just so simple and nifty. Even though I’m not using them for cooking, vintage enamel pieces are so simple, versatile and charmingly utilitarian that they’re easy to find a use for. They’re generally cheap and easily collectable, so I like to keep my eye out for little bowls and baking pans and trays at junk shops and estate sales.
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For instance, if you feel like you need an abrasive, it’s often best to start with baking soda and a sponge instead of a wad of steel wool.