What Should I Do With a Damaged Enameled Cast Iron Pot?

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Q: I cooked rice in my cast iron pot the other night, and it stuck to the bottom and ripped up some of the enamel. What can I do with this pot? Recycle it? Repair it? Any ideas?

Sent by Claire

Editor: Claire, the conventional wisdom is that if the enamel is chipping off the inside of your pot, it's best not to use it. The enamel could chip off further and end up in your food. Some dispute this though; some cooks simply treat the exposed cast iron and continue using the pot. See more on this here:

Chipped Enamel: Need to Replace This Cookware?

We would recommend contacting the manufacturer of your pot. Even if the damage was not covered under their warranty, sometimes these manufacturers have very generous replacement or repair policies.

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