Ceramic coatings are inorganic, non-metallic film layer used on hard materials to make them healthy and resistant to scratching. Ceramic coated cookware serves as safer non-stick alternative to traditional cookware. Many consumers prefer ceramic coatings to PTFE coatings due to the following attributes:
- Ceramic coated cookware is non-reactive and doesn’t leach chemicals into food
- Ceramic nonstick cookware can deliver healthier meals due to less oil we use
- It has higher heat resistance and scratch resistance than PTFE based coatings
- It has the most appealing styles and can be made in a variety of bright colors
- Ceramic coated cookware is easy to clean
- It cooks evenly
- It is non-stick
- It is versatile
How to Use Ceramic Coated Pans
You can use ceramic cookware in the oven, broiler, steamer oven, toaster oven, convection oven, microwave oven and on the stovetop. It can also be used in the freezer and is safe and convenient for serving food.
Wash a Ceramic Pan before the First Use
After removing all packaging materials and labels wash the frying pan with warm soapy water and wipe with a dry paper towel, to remove ceramic dust particles and dirt from manufacturing and shipping. It is ready to use after this initial washing.
Use Only Safe Utensils in Ceramic Nonstick Pans
Always use wooden, silicone, plastic or nylon spoons and spatulas to portion and serve from your ceramic cookware. Do not cut food whilst it is in the pan. Metal utensils may have rough or sharp edges and will scratch and leave marks on your cookware. Using safe utensils helps extend the life of your ceramic pans.
Add a Small Amount of Oil or Butter to Ceramic Nonstick Pan
Use a tiny bit of oil or butter to lightly and evenly coat the inside surface each time you cook with the pan. Applying oil will helps to keep foods from sticking and help the coating last longer. Avoid applying cooking sprays because these cause residue build-up and usually have ingredients that are too harsh for most nonstick cookware. Also avoid using extra virgin olive oil as it cannot withstand high heat and will leave a thin carbonized layer on the surface.
Use Low to Medium Heat
Most ceramic-based nonstick cookware cannot take prolonged periods of high heat. Always use low or medium heat with ceramic nonstick pans or skillets. Pre-heat your pan on lower setting and allow the oil to heat for a minute before you add food to the pan. Ceramics distributes heat effectively, so foods are cooked more quickly and evenly. High heat can cause food to stick, which can discolor or damage the surface. Do not allow the pan to boil dry.
Do not Plunge a Hot Ceramic Pan into Cold Water
Allow ceramic nonstick cookware to cool completely before washing. Drastic changes in temperature can damage the nonstick coating and cooking abilities will be reduced.
Do not Drop Ceramic Pan on the Floor
Do not hit or drop the ceramic pans on the floor, and take care not to wrap or bend them as this may deform ceramic coating, resulting in loss of non-stick properties.
How to Clean Ceramic Frying Pans
Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions
Read the manufacturer’s instructions about how to care for your ceramic coated cookware. Modern ceramic cookware is non-porous and has a very smooth surface which makes cleaning easier.
Always Hand Wash Ceramic-Coated Pans
Always allow the frying pan to cool down before cleaning. Clean your ceramic frying pan with warm soapy water and a soft sponge or dish cloth. To remove burnt food from a pan, soak the pan in hot water for 30 minutes before washing. This will make cleaning easier.
Thoroughly clean the pan inside and outside after every use to remove all residues and to prevent grease build-up and discoloration. For best results use a soft cloth, sponge or plastic scrub to wash the pan. Avoid using steel wool, nylon scrubbing pads or any abrasive cleaning products. Rinse well in warm water and dry cookware completely before storing.
Periodically use this deep cleaning method to remove the stains and maintain appearance of ceramic coated cookware.
Soak the pan in hot, soapy water and wash with a sponge or nonabrasive pad. Grab a baking soda from your cupboard and sprinkle a good amount to the desired areas and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Lightly scrub the pan in circles using a plastic dish brush until the stains lift away. Rinse the pan under worm water and dry it with a clean dry towel.
Storing Ceramic Pans Properly
Always ensure your cookware is clean before storage. Store a ceramic frying pan carefully and separately from other cookware, especially other ceramic cookware. Direct ceramic-to-ceramic contact can damage the cookware. Other types of cookware stacked in the ceramic pan can also cause scratches in the finish.
When nesting ceramic nonstick pans, include a paper napkin between stacked pans to avoid scratching of the coating. There are soft, spongy pot and pan protectors available to buy to help reduce scratches on interior and exterior coatings and keep your cookware scratch-free.