Originally Posted by layla76
Could anyone tell me if the Descoware Duch oven I just picked up at a flea market is safe to cook in? It's in good condition but has a crack in the paint on the inside. I don't think the cast iron is cracked. I know it's got some age to it and am worried about lead. It is stained. Any tips on cleaning it? thanks Layla
Layla - cast iron doesn't contain lead.
The "paint" on the inside is actually "glass" (porcelin enamel) - it's not the same material but you can think about it as being a cast iron pot with a Corningware interior. If it's just cracks in the glaze ... chances are that when you preheat it the "glass" will expand and it will be a pretty good surface - not perfect, but good.
This stuff can stain. For cleaning, something like "Bar Keepers Friend", or "Bon Amie" would be a good choice. Sometimes, something like "Comet" or some other cleaner with bleach in it "might" help get rid of some of some of the staining. It's a tough surface so you don't have to worry about scrubbing it with a "Scotch-Brite" pad .... but don't use steel wool or anything like that because then you will scratch the surface.