I didn’t grew up camping or having picnics on the beach, it wasn’t part of our culture. For me, enamelware is synonymous with my grandmother, a memento of my her tiny kitchen. Inci uses enamelware to sort through legumes, trim beans, soak rice, knead meat, store bread… She keeps one next to the stove to be used as a spoon rest and one next to the sink to be used as a prep bowl. (She never works without a bowl to catch peels and trimmings by her side.)
Enamelware is also dear to Bilge, Sibel and Saime, 3 close friends who are the creators of Kapka. Growing up, enamelware was the constant in otherwise changing tables throughout generations - it was in every kitchen, every table of their childhood to showcase a diversity of delicacies. From teapots on furnaces to trays of oven baked “borek”, coddled bowls of homemade yogurt to plant pots in the balcony, it was to be used in every aspect of life; kitchen, outdoor and beyond.
Each Kapka piece is handmade by artisans in a small workshop in Turkey, using natural, raw materials and traditional methods. They are strong and have a nice weight to them. They are healthy, like glass. (Enamelware is actually made by fusing glass bits to steel.) Since each piece is unique, patterns, echoing Mediterranean waves and sunsets, might vary slightly.
Enamelware is strong.
Can be used outdoors in picnics, on the beach or anywhere you’d like.
Can take falls and hits.
The colors and illustrations won’t fade – they’ve been heated up to 1400 °F.
Enamelware is healthy.
Made with natural, raw materials.
Colored with non-toxic paints.
Enamelware is practical.
Can be washed in dishwasher without harm to color or design.
Can be put in the freezer or oven up to 450 °F.
Suitable for induction and normal oven cooking, and campfires!
Heats up quickly and keeps warmth.
Keeps drinks and food cold.
But be careful!
Never use in microwave.
Do not touch when hot! Use mittens.
What happened? :(
Enamelware is quite durable but it might chip due to improper handling, as it is actually coated with glass. Chips add to the charm as long as they are on the outer surface. It might be a good idea to retire your piece if there is damage to the interior where food contacts. But remember that you can still use it to keep flowers, plants, utensils, toothbrushes and toiletries... anything that is not meant to be eaten.