12 Days of Turkey Hill (Day 6) – Who remembers enamelware?

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on December 17th, 2016
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Enamel-coated cooking vessels, plates and bowls — or enamelware — has a history in the United States that goes back to the mid-1800s. It’s often characterized by a white coating mottled with spots of various colors and was prized for its smoothness, scratch resistance and burn resistance.

And, although enamelware isn’t quite as popular as it once was, it’s still prized by collectors as a reminder of the kitchen styles of our past. Our next 12 Days of Turkey Hill prize — the charming blue and white enamelware bowl you see above — is a throwback to those enamel-coated days.

The bowl is a bit large, maybe too large to be used as an ice cream bowl — unless you’re in the mood for eight or ten scoops — but it would still be a wonderful addition to your kitchen collection. It’s also got a small spot of rust in the bottom, which can happen sometimes when the enamel cracks. That still doesn’t mean this bowl can’t be used to hold dry items or simply as a decorative piece in your kitchen or home.

Leave a comment with your own memories of enamelware and we’ll choose one comment at random from this blog entry OR from our Facebook page to win this blast from the past. To make the prize a little sweeter, we’ll also include a few certificates for some free ice cream. Good luck!

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137 Responses to “12 Days of Turkey Hill (Day 6) – Who remembers enamelware?”

  1. Jennifer Barr says:

    I remember my mother in law had a few pieces like these.

  2. Norma says:

    Old memories, new memories. Enamelware still works for me.

  3. MC says:

    My cousins had them.We share a bowl in this family. Load it up!

  4. Patti Sherman says:

    My grandmother has enamelware on her farm

  5. Barbara says:

    My grandmother had some dishes like this, blue and white is my favorite color combination

  6. Donna McCauley says:

    I remember my grandmothers’ she prized it like it was wonderful.I guess she did not use it anymore just for decoration in her kitchen

  7. Ealine says:

    this would look so pretty on my glass fronted cabinet, when it isn’t being used

  8. diane says:

    This bowl would look beautiful as a centerpiece with a glowing jar candle in it since I could not put TH in it-although I could enjoy eating TH ice cream while watching the glowing within the bowl. Memories are to be cherished!

  9. Tyne Caouette says:

    My Mother had these, I wonder where they are now? very pretty too,

  10. Lisa Krajewski says:

    Love Turkey Hill!!

  11. millie says:

    I think I had some the blue is pretty love one. a large candle would look nice in it that’s if I win merry CHRISTMAS

  12. E Gaus says:

    great—Ice cream with rust would be great

  13. caroline from manalapan says:

    Would love this one. The shape reminds me of my teens when with friends we would go to Jahn’s Ice Cream and order the “Kitchen Sink” which must have scoops of at least 10 flavors in it. You needed at least 10 teens to eat it all

  14. Zach says:

    I have no memories of enamel wear but would love to create some with this new set of bowls.

  15. Robin Ames says:

    Nice bowl! I don’t recall owning them, though. I’m just a youngster. Hahaha…

  16. I used to collect enamelware. The kind that was dark blue with white specks. I sold it all years ago. I had it all over the house. Loved it!

  17. Debra Rusovick says:

    Both my m and my grandma had enamel ware. I used to have a piece but it got lost in a move. Would love to have another.

  18. DebbieBigelow says:

    I can remember going to my baci’s and seeing this at her house. would love to win this pretty bowl

  19. Mary Ellen Davison says:

    I remember my Grandmother having these beautiful enamel dishes at her home. They had blue with white flecks! I would love to WIN this!

    Thanks

  20. Wanda says:

    Very nice

  21. It is simply beautiful – brings back memories of simpler times…..

  22. Nora says:

    Had these in my home when I was growing up.

  23. i remember these,,my mom and grandma had some,they were good ice cream bowls

  24. mary ann herrmann says:

    …sadly I don’t remember enamelware. but this certainly is a beautiful piece AND I would definitely treasure it if I were to win. thank YOU (all) at Turkey Hill for yet another priceless prize.

  25. Melissa says:

    pretty my mom would love these.

  26. RonF says:

    This would look great with some Turkey Hill Ice Cream, and a spoonful of hot chocolate!

  27. gianna says:

    Don’t remember but it is a very pretty piece….truly like it!

  28. Donna Keller says:

    My mother had these when I was growing up. Loved them. TH ice cream would look great in these.

  29. janice fitch says:

    Before my husband and I got married, he had an apartment. When we got married and moved his things to our new place, he had 2 pans that were enamelware. He used them all the time to cook in. However, I hated them and got rid of them almost ASAP ! MEMORIES.

  30. Terry says:

    Yes, I remember my Grandparents had a round flat like enamel bowl on the back porch. My Grandfather would wash his hands in it after working on the farm and before coming into the house. It was mostly white with red flecks.

  31. jay tice says:

    Great gift for my wife.

  32. Sylvia Hix says:

    I remember enamel ware. Would last forever!!!

  33. Terry Hartman says:

    I would give this to my sister. Her favorite color is blue.

  34. Michele Gorman says:

    Enamelware reminds of scouring many antique shops with my grandmother for glassware and dishes she collected. I always admired the blue and white pattern as a child and now as an adult I would love to have one and it would remind me of good times with my maw maw.

  35. Michelle M says:

    My Grandma had some dishes like this.

  36. Becky Link says:

    I can remember that my great Grandma had these. they were used for eating ice cream or filled to the top with fresh buttered popcorn.

  37. Joan says:

    I seem to remember pans made of enamelware, but not bowls. I have a small teapot made of enamelware, though.

  38. STEPHEN JONES says:

    we had some of these years ago and also a set of different sizes with lids!

  39. Ruth Fox says:

    My grandmother used agate. I would cherish this bowl in her memory.

  40. Amy Baldwin says:

    I would love to have an enamel ware bowl! They are so beautiful! Perfect size for some delicious Turkey Hill Ice Cream!

  41. I would use this in so more ways, from one favor to the next.

  42. rodger says:

    grandmas cherished happiness

  43. Brittany says:

    I believe we have some pans of enamelware, but can’t recall if we have any dishes like the one in the picture. – would be awesome to win it :)

  44. Todd says:

    I can remember drinking coffee from enamelware cups

  45. AnneMarie Chiappetta says:

    I have a few pieces of enamelware from many years ago. Would love to add this piece. Merry Christmas Turkey Hill!

  46. Susan Will says:

    I would use it on special occasions for a serving dish. It would be on display in my antique cupboard.

  47. Debra Higgins says:

    My husband would fill this bowl with bananas vanilla bean and choc ripple and choc syrup ,cool whip, choc sprinkles ,and wet nuts , and cherry and sit and enjoy every bit and even drop some on his shirt by error. Wink wink.

  48. Marci Hooper says:

    The bowl is a bit large, maybe too large to be used as an ice cream bowl??? Not if it’s Turkey Hill Ice Cream! I remember, as a child, making cookies in a bowl like this. I’d LOVE to do it again!

  49. Caitlin J says:

    I don’t ever recall owning any sort of enamel ware, but this would be lovely since you don’t sell your ice cream in pints and that’s usually what I end up eating in one serving! XD It would be just the right amount for me and I wouldn’t have to worry about getting up to scoop more out! Uninterrupted movie nights FINALLY! <3

  50. Linda Dombach says:

    I remember my aunt (when she watched us kids about age 10, while our parents worked) put Turkey Hill Ice Cream in the bowl and all the kids would eat it.

  51. Irene says:

    Enamelware brings me back to being a little girl and going to my grandmothers house. Between enamelware and depression glass dishes grandmas house was the perfect place to be.

  52. Wouldn’t that look good full of Turkey Hill Ice Cream……

  53. Sue Tremblay says:

    Perfect bowl for my nightly Turkey Hill ice cream !!

  54. Harriet Goldstein says:

    My mother had white enamel pots.

  55. Karen weise says:

    These are cute. Love my Turkey Hill

  56. I remember enamelware filled with Vanilla bean Turkey Hill ice cream and shots . Grandma still has these little bowls and we use them after a family meal, ice cream with whatever topping we want.

  57. Gerald Gooze says:

    One of my best friends collects enamelware, along with milk glass & depression glass. I sometimes go to garage sales with her while she looks for more to add to her collections.

  58. Rosemarie says:

    My mom had bowls like these when I was little, we would use them for everything. They were super easy to clean.

  59. denise says:

    makes me think of my grandma

  60. Peggy G says:

    My mom had some ,easy to clean and beautiful bowls .

  61. Don W says:

    I remember my grandmother had some. I like vintage cook wear I look in resale shops for old kitchen items. There made better then the new stuff!

  62. Amy Boggs says:

    Wonderful memories of my grandmother making potato salad and serving in her big enamel ware bowl….it was blue just like this one! Good luck to everyone and happy holidays!

  63. Carol Beard says:

    Ooooh- Pretty!

  64. Ina says:

    I still have a plain white set of nesting enamel bowls. They are great for storing left overs or for serving something really hot. I keep them out of reach of the rest of the family so the enamel is still in very good shape.

  65. Kathy says:

    Blue – my favorite color! This bowl is beautiful! Great to use for a family sundae!

  66. Linda Willis says:

    Wow this bowl is stunning! first of all my hubby says there is no such thing as a bowl to big for ice cream! lol. i havent seen a bowl like this in a very long time, I have to say i prefer the older cookware and serving bowls much more then the newer stuff.The newer styles tend to wear out, where older models just stay the course. this would be a cherished piece in my kitchen and i would be honored to have it. If i can keep the hubby from eating ice cream out of it of course ( HA HA HA)

  67. Lois Doyle says:

    There is no such thing as a bowl too big for ice cream! This bowl is very pretty.

  68. Betty says:

    still have my mothers, very old

  69. janet says:

    It is simple which makes it beautiful

  70. Sarah says:

    I remember my grandmother’s enamelware pots, full of dents with the paint chipped off but still serviceable. I have 2 roasting pans but haven’t used them in quite some time but guess I could sell them for a lot more than than was paid for them originally. This bowl would be perfect for holding my bananas.

  71. Scherie Bachert says:

    This would look great in my kitchen.

  72. Marion says:

    I do vaguely remember enamelware. I had forgotten about it. It is a neat bowl! Fill her up!

  73. LenaB says:

    I can remember using similar enamelware in my family’s trailer hitched to the back of our station wagon, traveling far & wide between Virginia, Ohio, northern Mexico and many detours across the country. These were our summer vacations (my parents, a lot of children, a dog or 2, & lots of good memories). I also remember using some pieces like these when visiting my grandmother. Besides some yummy ice cream, I’d also enjoy rice pudding, oatmeal & chicken noodle soup a lovely dish like this.

  74. Deb says:

    I believe my mother had a few pieces. Nothing that matched, though.

  75. Janet says:

    I remember enamelware growing up. would enjoy this bowl.

  76. Peggy says:

    I remember the pots from visiting my grandparents.

  77. Donna says:

    I would fill it with Chocolate Marshmallow Ice cream and bananas. Such a pretty bowl.

  78. Terrie Miller says:

    My grandmother had an enamelware bowl she used to gather green beans, tomatoes and corn from the garden. Sweet memories of fresh veggies!

  79. Audrs Nile says:

    Have always loved my grandmother’s enamel ware

  80. DEBI H says:

    I remember dishes like these at my Grandmother’s and Aunt’s home. Mostly kept in their china closets. Only used for special occasions. Would be pretty in a china closet on display. Would live to own one.

  81. Debbie Lennox says:

    I love Turkey Hill Ice Cream!

  82. Candace Galan says:

    This is a beautiful bowl, perfect for ice cream!

  83. Wendy says:

    First homemade soup, then wash it out and add ice cream for dessert

  84. enid portnoy says:

    Candy bowl, popcorn bowl, mixing bowl for items of small quantity, cereal bowl and a bowl to put cereal or soup in for someone in bed with cold or feeling better hoe in bed on a frigid winter day. And when we were home from school a wonderful blue enamel bowl of ice cream always made us feel 100 percent!

  85. Laurie Ulichney says:

    Just stunning! And Classic! I’d LOVE to have that. I’d definitely fill it with ice cream!

  86. Mary Anne Powell says:

    My mother and my grandmother had these….brings back lots of memories.

  87. Tina says:

    tina.beam.14@gmail.com my Grandma always used these, if memory serves correctly. She always filled with mashed potatoes and we would pass them around. I love this Bowl so beautiful

  88. Mary Ann says:

    Blast from the past is always a good thing, for those that know a nostalgic moment would indeed e joy this!

  89. IceCreamFiend says:

    I never heard of enamel wear before, but they are very pretty bowls!

  90. REGGIE MCGEE says:

    Love the look od enamel wear.

  91. Wanda Sprinkle says:

    It is beautiful, I would use it sitting on my kitchen counter with fresh fruit.

  92. Sharon Leaming says:

    I have enamelware but haven’t used it in a long time. It was so good for heating something up and then serving in the same pretty dish.

  93. Karen Propes says:

    I remember going to my Grandmother’s house and she would give us ice cream in small enamel bowls. We felt so special and she would sit with us and we would talk and laugh, they are such fond memories for me.

  94. Amy says:

    These are beautiful.

  95. Justin tan says:

    good memories. my grandma has a lot of these!!

  96. Margaret R says:

    Reminds me so much of my grandmother.

  97. I remember my Grandmother had some of these but I don’t remember what happened to them. I know I would enjoy having it in my home on display.

  98. maril says:

    Oh,my,yes,I remember the multi times a year trips to grandmother’s house. Enamel ware was a standard there. I would fill bowl with wondetful childhood memories of a simpler loving time.

  99. Ann King says:

    That would be a good bowl to put snacks in at a party to show it off. It is lovely bowl and reminds me of the “old” days, when my grandmother had a whole cabinet full of those pieces. I wonder where they all went?

  100. Nancy Millhouse says:

    Love the bowl would love it even more with Turkey Hill ice cream in it and me eating it !

  101. I’d love to fill this with mints/cndies/bread rolls and place it on my table as a centerpiece. Mymother always had candie and peppermints out on the table and with rolls at dinnertime

  102. Barb says:

    I think my Mom had some enamelware! That bowl is really cute!

  103. Chris says:

    This bowl is awesome! I remember these!

  104. Darrel says:

    Yes, it just show how much character dinnerware from the past had.

  105. Jay says:

    Enamelware? :-)

  106. Madeline says:

    Very pretty. Love it!

  107. Ellen Lenthall says:

    I’ve always loved enamelware, and this bowl is a beauty. The only thing that could improve it would be to fill it with Turkey Hill ice cream!

  108. Stefanie says:

    My grandmother used to serve us ice cream in these and they’d be great to win!

  109. Casey Birmingham says:

    I have an enamelware cup! As for the bowl-vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge & walnuts!

  110. Brenda says:

    My family used enamelware. This one in blue and white looks very pretty.

  111. deborah roach says:

    I remember when my parents left my brothers and I alone in a repossessed house with no water or electric and said they would come back for us, we used to share a cup made of enamelware that was left at the home on the floor to carry next door to the outdoor faucet to get us drinks of water…I’ll never forget that cup….since then we were put into foster homes or adopted out…such memories huh…I loved that cup…I was only three.

  112. Charles Ramsey says:

    I remember helping mom make homemade bread and letting it rise in an enamel basin. And of course roasts always taste much better done in an enamelware roaster. So I can imagine how great Turkey Hill ice cream will taste in that bowl!

  113. Nancy says:

    We use to use it camping all of the time. Still have a piece or two in the camper.

  114. Linda F says:

    I remember my mother had a few of these pieces.

  115. Lisa S says:

    My mother-in-law used to make the best tasting tea in her enamel pot. I just can’t seem to make it as good as hers and I know it had something to do with that old pot.

  116. Rick says:

    I love my enamelware coffeepot. Still make coffee in it every morning.

  117. Carol says:

    I remember my Baba (grandmother) had a black and white splatter cooking pot. You’re right, it was incredibly smooth and great to cook in. This bowl would be a nice reminder of those days.

  118. sheila Christensen says:

    I remember my grandma Young had an enamelware pan she cooked homemade soups and stews in that caught me eye when I was just a young child.

  119. Catherine Lenarski says:

    My grandmother use to store sugar cubes in an enamel bowl when I was little. When I would go visit her, I would steal the cubes and eat them when no one was looking. That is probably why now as an adult I have had problems with sugar. I am being cursed.

  120. Dan Hersh says:

    This would be a perfect candy dish for Christmas candy. A colorful bowl, loaded with old fashioned ribbon candy, clear toys, and peanut butter straws – takes me back to my younger years!

  121. marcie says:

    great for soup

  122. Mark Hemans says:

    My mom has a few pieces of enamelware and she uses the fairly regularly. Beautiful pieces that are practical.

  123. I want to win:)It would be your Turkey Hill Choco Mint Chip ice cream I would put in that bowl :)

  124. pat says:

    I remember it well was great to use

  125. Carol Morales says:

    Love your ice cream, have since I was a kid, now I share my favorite flavors with my grandson.

  126. Marie says:

    My grandmother had a lot of these. I would help her all the time doing chores when I was growing up. She’s the one who taught me how to make home-made pasta and ravioli. This would transport me back to those days when she was still here with us.

  127. Sabrina says:

    We had a bowl similar to this when I was growing up. My mom liked to put a small flower/plant inside to show off her gardening skills. If I won this, I would do the same.

  128. CHRISTINE says:

    PRETTY BOWL. I HAVE AN ENAMEL WARE BOWL BUT THIS ONE IS VERY PRETTY.

  129. Karen says:

    No, we didn’t have pretty cookware as shown. However, my grandmother has a large roaster that was black with something like a million white speckles. I used to imagine it was like the night sky with a million stars. I think it is called “agate”.

  130. sue frantz says:

    my grandmother had some–so it would be a wonderful reminder for me of those days when I used to spend the night at her house and spoiled!!

  131. Karen says:

    I remember these from my grandma’s house. Bring back fond memories.

  132. Bob Kessler Jr says:

    My wife would love this bowl. She could find so many uses for it. It would never sit on a shelf for very long.

  133. Jim in SOMD says:

    It looks like it would hold more than a regular serving of ice cream. I’ll take 2 please!

  134. Vera says:

    This brings back the old days.Love to have this.

  135. lee carr says:

    we were never this lucky to have something this wonderful

  136. Janice Svercek says:

    I have a couple of pieces of enamel ware from my Grandma.

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