I have a few descoware pots from the 1970's. The enamel coating is a little scratched on most of them. Are these safe to use? How can I find out if the coatings have lead in them? Thanks for any information you can give me.
POSTED BY RBES :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 09/01/2008 2:48 PM
You can find out if they have lead in the coating by using a Lead-Check kit, which is sold now at Home Depot, among other places. It's only $5. But I've never heard that enamel pots contain lead.
Chipped enamel isn't a problem, but if it exposes the metal beneath, I would stop using it. The metal isn't intended to have contact with food.