Griswold Cookware

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Griswold Cookware

Collectors and Collections,
History and Stories

Griswold, Lodge, Wagner, Favorite, Wapak, and More!

Griswold “Clean-Easy” Dutch Oven Cover

The first time I came across a vintage Griswold cast iron “clean-easy” cover, I didn’t really know what I was looking at. What I saw was some kind of hard glossy thick coating adhered to the iron on the underside of a “plain” (i.e. no raised lettering on the top) small logo high-dome Griswold skillet cover. The coating was a dark grayish color that looked similar to an enamel coating.

What Does the Clean-Easy Cover Look Like?

Here is a photo of the underside of a Griswold “Clean-Easy” Dutch oven lid:

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Underside of a Griswold “Clean-Easy” Dutch oven cover. You can see the typical Griswold small logo markings for this cast iron lid under the “Clean-Easy” coating.
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Another photo of the underside of a Griswold “Clean-Easy” Dutch oven cover. You can see the typical Griswold small logo markings for this cast iron lid under the “Clean-Easy” coating.
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Griswold no. 7 PN 1387 Dutch oven cover with the clean-easy coating.

Compare the appearance of the “clean-easy” cover with that of a plain, uncoated Griswold Dutch oven cover:

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Underside of a Griswold no. 8 PN 1282 plain black iron high-dome cover, without the clean-easy enamel coating. Notice that the markings are much easier to read on the lid without the coating.

How the Griswold Clean-Easy Lid Was Offered

As is obvious from its name, the “clean-easy” lid was touted as being easy to clean and non-rust.

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Griswold ad for Retailers touting the “Clean-Easy” Dome (now commonly called “high dome”) Cover. Note the Griswold Dutch oven stand that was included with orders of a dozen or more Dutch ovens! Those stands are now highly prized items.

In my experience, the “clean-easy” cover is indeed easy to clean. While I personally prefer the aesthetics of the plain black iron cover, it admittedly can be a small bit of a hassle on occasion to clean around the self-basting rings – they can accumulate gunk and get a bit rusty if attention is not paid.

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October 1951 Griswold Ad to retailers highlighting certain products including a Dutch oven with the clean-easy cover.

The Griswold Dutch ovens were ultimately offered with a choice of three different covers: the clean-easy, plain black iron dome, and Pyrex glass. The clean-easy was the most expensive, as you can see in the advertisement below.

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In addition to the black iron Dutch ovens, the clean-easy cover was also offered on the “Silverlike” Dutch oven.

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Now, when you see an unusual enamel-like coating on the underside of a vintage Griswold Dutch oven, you’ll know what it is!

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