My recent discovery of vintage, enamel ware had me wanting to start yet another collection.
I collect a lot of things: cuckoo clocks, birds, heart shaped rocks, vintage state glasses, vintage books and brightly colored vintage pottery, to name a few.
But this collection would have a purpose.
I would cook with these beautiful pieces.
And after discovering many of the pieces on Ebay were pretty affordable, I couldn't wait to start my collection.
I didn't have to wait long!
I got my first 2 pieces for my birthday. (thanks big sis and Papa John!)
They're red! and they're baking dishes.
I love them, don't you?
These ones are Dansk and have that gorgeous, modern handle design.
I have already baked with them more times than I can count on one hand.
So I can tell you with authority that these really are great pieces for collecting and for using.
My chicken breasts and potatoes roasted beautifully.
The pans cleaned up like a dream.
And, like my friend said, they are waaay better looking than a glass Pyrex dish.
These babies are at least as old as I am, probably older, and are still in great condition.
They are well made and made to last.
The new (4 years) enameled cast iron, dutch oven I got from Martha Stewart started chipping almost as soon as I got it.
And I don't mean those little worn spots like you see on the handle of my baking dish there.
I mean on the inside.
Big holes in the enamel after less than a year of use.
Not so the Dansk enamel ware.
They used to make things to last. Ahh, the good old days.
So if you are looking for some great new cookware or bake ware, I recommend the vintage enamel ware.
Or, you could just pick some up for me.
Like my friend Jen, who picked up this little guy for me at a garage sale.
I love his shape and orangey-red color.
But what do you think he's used for?
Right now he just looks cute perched atop my stove.
What are your favorite things to collect?
I am always open to new ideas.
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