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Got your mitts on a new set of ceramic cookware? If so, then you made the right choice.
Ceramic pans are one of the safest and healthiest cookware options today. Unlike other non-stick material such as Teflon, ceramic doesn’t leach or release potentially hazardous fumes.
Besides being non-toxic, ceramic cookware is also environmentally-friendly, long-lasting, and looks great.
Cooking with ceramic kitchenware isn’t that different from cooking with traditional steel or cast-iron pots and pans. However, understanding some do’s and don’ts will make sure that your precious cooking set remains as pristine as the day you bought them.
Follow these tips to get the best cooking out of your ceramic pans.
Never Use Cooking Oil Sprays
Cooking oil sprays from an aerosol can are the worst offenders of using ceramic pans. They can cause irreparable damage to your new cooking set.
The extra chemicals such as the propellant, dimethyl silicone, and soy can break up the ceramic coating. They also leave a layer of sticky gook that’s very hard to get rid of. You’ll end up scratching the coating trying to remove it.
Instead of cooking oil sprays, use a small amount of butter or any other oil.
Can You Use Metal Utensils on Ceramic Pans?
In rock, paper, scissors, stone (rock) beats metal (scissors). This isn’t the case when using ceramic cookware.
Metal utensils can and will damage your ceramic grill pan, skillet, or saucepan. The pointy tips and sharp edges can scratch the ceramic surface. It also goes without saying that you should never cut or slice anything while it’s in the pan.
Use soft wooden, silicone, or rubberized utensils for cooking.
Don’t Use High Temperatures When Cooking With Ceramic Pans
High temperatures are the bane of all non-stick coatings. While there’s no danger of releasing toxic fumes, high temperatures can still ruin your cookware.
When cooking using ceramic pans, high temperatures aren’t needed anyway. Low to medium heat is enough because ceramic is a great conductor of heat.
You can pre-heat the pan on a low-heat setting for about a minute to ensure that the food is cooked more evenly.
Avoid Drastic Temperature Changes
If high temperatures are a no-no, quickly cooling it down is also not advisable.
In general, drastic changes in temperature can cause any material to expand or contract in an instant. Ceramics can crack, lose shape, or warp due to a sudden increase or decrease in temperature.
Bring your ceramic kitchenware down to room temperature before starting to wash them.
How Do You Wash Ceramic Pans?
While we understand the need to keep your new set of cookware spotless, we don’t recommend using aggressive washing methods.
Harsh chemicals are detrimental to the ceramic coating. Using steel wool or nylon scrubbing pads or scouring powders can leave the surface full of scratches. The effects may not be apparent in the beginning, but you’ll notice the loss of usability over time.
Also, unless specified by the manufacturer, don’t put your ceramics in the dishwasher. Many ceramic products aren’t dishwasher-safe.
Hand-washing with soapy water is enough to keep your ceramic pans clean.
Get Cooking With Ceramics!
Follow these tips on cooking with ceramic cookware to ensure that their effectiveness and beauty is maintained. Take care of your ceramic pans and they’ll take care of you!
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