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Thread: Is My Enamel Pot Ruined?

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    Is My Enamel Pot Ruined?

    I've used this pot for years. I have no idea what this black stuff is. It feels raised up a bit, but does not feel like it's the enamel peeling off (but could be). It's been in there ever since the pot was given to me and won't wash (or cook!) off. Do you know what it is?

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    If it's been there from the beginning and you have been using it all along, why worry now?

    Probably just an imperfection in the finish.
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    If it is missing finish, you can use it until the spot rusts through.

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    looks like someone has scortched something in it at one time or another , use brillo pad over and over again , could even try oven cleaner ,

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    Don't scour. It will scratch and then rust. Try oven cleaner.

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    Or pit enough water in it to cover it, throw in a used dryer sheet, let soak overnight, use the dryer sheet to scrub the spot. If it comes off, great. If not, then I don't know what to suggest. If you're already used the pot this way, guess there's no harm from it.
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    Looks like the enamel finish is missing in those spots. Use the pot until it rusts through.

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    It looks like food burned on to me. I'd try oven cleaner to get it off.

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    Sprinkle a little cream of tartar on it while it is wet and let it soak overnight. It should come right off. If it has been scratched through to the enamel then it will make a beautiful flower pot as you do not want to continue to cook with it. Sorry but it might make you sick as I believe it is poisonous.
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    I don't think it is poisonous, we always had enameled pots that had these type of places. Most of the time the enamel has come off at sometime or another and that is bare metal showing thru and we continued to use the pot until the spots would rust thru and then my Mom would mend them with a fix=it mender, (A rivet and washer of some kind or a small short screw and washer) These would not work on today's smooth top stoves, but I don't think there is any health concern with them. In fact I have a couple of enameled pots that I use yet when canning that have those kinds of places in them. They are not a pretty sight to behold, but don't think they are harmful. If they were, my grandparents and their large family would all be dead an so would my immediate family for that matter as well as my parents and the elders lived to a ripe old age and we are still a going okay. My thoughts for the day for what it is worth.

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