Despite a sweet-sounding name, porcelain enamel is the marriage of glass and steel. It doesn’t break, is extremely scratch resistant, and made from natural raw materials. It is highly heat resistant, and is so sturdy, they use it to make the road signs in sea salt-whipped Italian towns. This enamel container seals up tight with a stainless steel clasp to keep your food nice and safe, and a rubber seal keeps soups and sauces from leaking. Food can be heated inside the container on any stove top. Porcelain enamel won’t affect the flavor of your food, and even the richest oils can be fully washed off the surface, so it doesn’t retain the smells of meals long past.
The surface doesn’t harbor bacteria like a crack in ceramic, and doesn’t have any harmful chemicals to leech like BPA in plastic.
The company that makes these containers has been specializing in porcelain enamel for over 80 years, but started in 1550 (that’s 461 years ago, if you don’t have a calculator handy) as a pan-making firm. Despite being very old, the company strives to produce their enamelware with a minimum of energy waste. They have their own hydroelectric power stations, reuse generated heat three times over, and are working toward fuel oil-independence.
The smooth white finish — like a perfect puddle of milk — stays looking new and unblemished for decades. The compact oval shape slips nicely into a bag.