Enamelware. My Grandma used to roast meat and stir up a delicious gravy in hers. When my Aunt Doll moved into a nursing home, I collected a load from the skip outside her house. Some of it was so old that it’s stayed in the garden, but some, to the bemusement of my Mother made its way into our kitchen including a gorgeous vintage bread bin. ‘Don’t you want a nice new Brabentia dear?’ she queried.
In recent years, a whole new generation has learned to love enamelware and it can now be found in most restaurant and stores. It might a cup stuffed full of chips ordered with your craft artisan burger from our favourite, The Hub Box in Truro, or you might find pieces in your uber-trendy Ace Hotel Room in London (we did.) Whichever it is, enamelware has been around since the 18th century and has been popular in kitchens and campsites all over the world.
It’s perfect for picnics; lightweight and sturdy (no need for thin bendy plastic plates where the sausage rolls off the edge into the sand) Due to the recent popularity of utilitarian chic, along with things like wire baskets and flat white (My Grandma called it milky coffee) it’s right back on trend.
You can pretty much buy enamelware in all the supermarkets and chains with the blue and white range being the most cheap and cheerful. (Unless you are an enamelware purist and only want to buy Falcon, in which case you can add a couple of .00 to the price.) However, if you’re looking for something a little different, you might want to shop in some of the independents and look for current popular colours such as gun metal grey, blues and greens.
Here are few ideas from Illustrated Living which you might like:
If you’re wanting a bit of understated chichi enamelware in your life, then you’ll love these:
If its all about, retro fun, then these will hit that 70s sweet spot.
I don’t think we’ve reached anywhere near peak-enamelware yet which just goes to prove that Grandma was right all along.