Ceramic cookware refers to clay pots and pans that are kiln-baked and specially glazed, they further include pans and pots that are made of aluminum or some other metal that are coated with ceramic enamel.
I know the question yourself is what are the benefits and probably the downside of using this currently popularly used cookware. Below are the pros and cons of cooking using ceramic cookware:
The benefits of ceramic coated cookware
Toxic free: Ceramic manufacturers use materials such as Thermolon used by a well-known Belgian brand called Greenpan that specializes in ceramic cookware. The major fact is that it goes through a manufacturing process that does not use PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) or PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) so the materials used are natural.
Therefore, you are not under any risk of toxic fumes that are caused by overheating or even when the ceramic cookware is slightly damaged.
Non-stick coating: the ceramic coating that is bonded to the rest of the cooking wear construction materials that eliminates the need to use unhealthy cooking sprays, butter or oil to prevent foods from sticking, food slides right out with very little or no oil used. If you are into healthy eating with less grease this is definitely the way to go.
Easy to clean:
Here is the best part about this type of cookware the only things you require are, a bit of dishwashing soap, some warm water and the wipe of a paper towel or cloth there is no scrubbing necessary
They are usually very affordable a 10-piece cookware set can cost as low as $50 to $60 and on the high-end a set ranging between $100-$150 is good enough for home use
Useful as a food container:
Most often than not after having a home cooked meal chances are that you will have some leftovers.
Sometimes you may run out of food containers to store your food but you should count yourself lucky since some manufacturers design their ceramic products in such a way that you can use them as food containers.
These products usually come with container lids in order to store your food more properly.
Non-reactive to acid:
Another likable feature about ceramic cookware is that it is non-reactive to acidic food therefore acids from the foods will not react with the cookware to leach metals and other chemicals into your food.it even impressively does not change the odor or color of the food.
Safe for health:
It is claimed that using ceramic cookware subsequently reduces the risk of high cholesterol. this is supported by the fact that little or no oil is needed for cooking
Available in Various Colors and design:
Another reason people like ceramic cookware is its attractive color and stylish design. It has a various range of colors you can choose red, blue, yellow, black, grey and many more. These varieties of colors will be great for those who love to have something fancy for their kitchen.
Do ceramic frying pans need oil?
Use a tiny bit of oil or butter to lightly and evenly coat the interior surface each time you are cooking with the pan. Applying oil will help to keep foods from sticking and helps the coating last longer.
Avoid applying cooking sprays because they may cause build-up and usually contain ingredients that are too harsh for most nonstick cookware. Also, avoid using virgin olive oil as it cannot withstand high heat and will leave a thin carbonized layer on the surface.
How Durable is Ceramic Cookware, Does it break easily?
Generally ceramic cookware are lightweight pieces but they are more prone to breakage when mostly subjected to extreme conditions such as excess heat or extremely low temperature conditions.
How to season ceramic cookware
Generally, ceramic cookware doesn’t require seasoning. However, some products come with the instruction/recommendation to season the cookware prior to first use, and to re-season it about twice a year to revitalize ceramic non-stick surface.
Seasoning involves these basic steps:
- The first step basically involves making sure your pan is clean by using the soft cloth and some dish soap gently over the surface of the pan. Once you finish rinse thoroughly and dry using another soft cloth.
- Add a tablespoon of oil to the surface of the pan and spread it evenly using your fingers or a paper towel. It’s important that the entire inner surface is completely coated. If needed, add more oil to the pan as necessary. The oil you use should have a high smoking point; butter and olive shouldn’t be used since they have a low smoking point.
- Place the pan on a stovetop burner and set it to a medium heat, leaving it until it begins to smoke. It should take a while for the oil to start smoking. It’s important that the oil heats up slowly so that it will soak into the pan’s surface as thoroughly as possible. Turn the pan periodically to prevent the oil from pooling. You can also set the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and leave the oiled pan inside for around 20 minutes. Using the oven to season a pan is better suited for oven cookware. While most non-stick ceramic frying pans are oven safe, double check the instructions that come with your pan before leaving it in the oven.
- After the oil has started smoking, take your ceramic pan off of the burner and let it cool down until it is back to room temperature. Don’t try to cool it off faster by running cold water over it or placing it in the fridge; the rapid change in temperature could damage the ceramic. If the surface of the pan isn’t too oily and you have some spare time, let the pan sit out until most of the oil has been absorbed by the pan. This will give you the best results since the longer you wait, the more time the oil will have to fill in the pan’s inconsistencies.
- Once the pan has cooled to room temperature, use a clean paper towel to wipe away any excess oil. The pan will probably feel a little greasy compared to what you’re used to. This is what gives the pan its non-stick property, so it shouldn’t be washed away.
How to properly take care of your ceramic pans
Using utensils made from gentler materials like silicon, wood, or plastic will keep your pan’s surface from being scratched during use. Never cut food while it’s in the pan either, as this can leave grooves in the bottom of your pan.
A lower to medium heat setting is best when cooking with a non-stick ceramic pan. Higher heats increase the likelihood of food sticking, and could even cause the coating to separate from the pan.
Always wash non-stick pans by hand using soft, non-abrasive sponges and cloths. Otherwise, you risk scratching the surface of the pan and washing away the non-stick coating.
Can you put ceramic bowls in the oven?
What temperature can ceramic withstand?
Ceramics generally can withstand very high temperatures, ranging from 1,000 °C to 1,600 °C (1,800 °F to 3,000 °F).
Assuming that ceramic bowls can withstand heat just because they are formed by heat is a misnomer.
Ceramic bowls may contain and manage hot foods very well, but this does not mean that all ceramic bowls are oven-proof.
If a ceramic bowl is not designed for oven use and it is used anyway, the potential safety hazard in handling the bowl and its hot contents exists because the bowl may crack and its hot contents can cause serious burns.
How to ascertain whether the ceramic bowls can withstand the oven:
Look for the Label
Ceramic bowls and pots made for oven cooking are clearly marked for this purpose. Look for a stamp, often on the bottom of the bowl, stating it is oven-proof.
If you purchase a ceramic bowl from an antique shop or inherit one, ask about its uses–how was it used before, and if it was once used for oven cooking, it can it still be used for that purpose.
The thickness of a ceramic bowl indicates how much heat and temperature shifts it can withstand. When a thick-sided ceramic bowl is placed in an oven, it slowly heats up, and when it is taken out, it slowly cools down.
The thickness protects the integrity of the ceramic bowl from breaking from the stress on its material as it undergoes gradual temperature changes.
Thin ceramics are susceptible to cracking in the face of heat and sharp temperature changes.
Even hot foods placed in a cold ceramic bowl can cause premature heat expansion in one area of the bowl while the rest of the bowl is still cool. This can result in the bowl cracking.
What to consider when choosing the most suitable ceramic cookware
- Budget. There are lots of ceramic cookware that you can buy on a budget. However, it’s best to buy one that will do the job since the prices range depending on the quantity and quality of ceramic.
- Oven Friendly. If you’re going to be using the cookware in the oven, make sure that it states that it’s oven friendly before you purchase. Quite often, people have complained that the ceramic cookware they purchased was ruined in the oven. Another thing to note is to keep the cookware on medium high heat at a maximum when cooking. This will prolong the ceramic cookware life.
- Warranty. Most of the warranty on the ceramic cookware is one year. However, this should not be the deciding factor. Make sure you understand the warranty before you buy as well since there are usually lots of limiting clauses within the warranty.
- Quality. A sturdy construction is key in the ceramic cookware set. A handle that has a solid connection to the pot or pan is vital. In addition, some of the premium sets allow the use of metal utensils to be used in direct contact with the cookware.