Titanium is a lightweight, stable, and exceptionally strong metal. It has the highest strength-to-weight ratio among all metals. Even though it weighs about half of the average steel, it is as strong as stainless steel.
Titanium is extremely acid-resistant and does not corrode easily; when exposed to oxygen, it forms a layer of titanium oxide that buildup gradually. The titanium oxide coating on the surface protects the metal from further degradation. If the metal gets scratched, the oxide film serves as a sort of healing agent, and the scratch will heal itself.
Due to its compatibility with human tissue, titanium has found increased use in today’s modern world. It is extensively used in various surgical procedures as well as for making human body implants.
Titanium is non-magnetic and is not a good conductor of heat and electricity. However, the fact that it is lightweight, durable, and highly resistant to corrosion makes it suitable for many different uses where these properties are needed.
Cookware made with titanium seems to be popular at the moment and can be found in most online stores. However, there might be some confusion because most of the so called “titanium cookware” is actually not manufactured with pure titanium.
How is Titanium Cookware Constructed?
In terms of the materials and the manufacturing procedure, “titanium cookware” can be classified into two types.
- Pure titanium cookware that may have a silicon-ceramic coating.
- Titanium reinforced cookware which has an aluminum base and a titanium-infused coating.
Pure Titanium Cookware
This type of cookware is very strong, extremely light, and has some special uses. The poor heat distributing characteristics make pure titanium cookware unsuitable for everyday cooking because it transmits heat unevenly and doesn’t have non-stick properties. However, due to its lightweight, it is quite good for backpacking adventures like camping and hiking and is favorite cookware for people who practice such activities.
Pure titanium cookware is durable, doesn’t get deformed by bending, and it is resistant to corrosion. To reduce sticking, the cooking surface is commonly coated with a silicon-ceramic non-stick coating.
Titanium Reinforced Cookware
Titanium reinforced non-stick cookware uses a cast aluminum base to ensure fast and even heat distribution and good heat retention. The aluminum core conducts heat seven times faster than steel or iron. The base is coated with a titanium-infused, ceramic coating.
The addition of titanium enhances non-stick properties, increases durability, and ensures better cooking performance. This non-porous coating also prevents the aluminum base from coming in contact with food.
Is Titanium Cookware Safe?
Pure titanium is considered a safe metal for producing cookware because it is non-toxic, inert, and will not affect the taste of food.
When it comes to titanium-reinforced cookware, its safety depends largely on the materials used in the coating in order to provide the non-stick property. Some manufacturers claim that they even don’t use any ceramic, mixed with titanium. For instance, Young Living Titanium Pans are made of the cast aluminum base and their interior surface is coated with the patented, non-stick, titanium finish that is resistant to scratches. The titanium layer prevents aluminum from seeping into the food.
The non-stick feature reduces the amount of oil needed to cook the meal. Therefore, titanium-reinforced cookware may be a good choice for individuals that are conscious about their health.
The surface of premium titanium-coated cookware doesn’t peel, even with the use of metal utensils. Even if the surface peels of, the chemically inert titanium will not have any toxic effect when ingested. No cases of titanium allergies have been reported and titanium is considered to be a non-toxic substance.
When it comes to cookware with the titanium-infused ceramic coating, the metals and alloys used in the manufacturing of the base will not seep into your food because this cookware is non-porous. Also, the materials used to provide the non-stick property are not toxic and non-reactive. Some of these materials are used to manufacture implants for medicinal uses. Cookware coated with titanium and titanium infused ceramic is both considered non-reactive and safe for cooking. However, if you consider buying this type of cookware, ensure that you check all the substances used in the production of the non-stick coating. This way you can be sure that the coating is free of PFOA, nickel, heavy metals, and other harmful materials that are present in some non-stick coatings.
Benefits of Titanium Nonstick Coating
Some manufacturers claim that titanium-infused coating offers enough benefits to justify the high prices associated with it. These benefits include:
Scratch-Resistance and Durability
Since ceramic coatings are fragile and require hand-washing and the use of plastic or wooden utensils, titanium is added to the coating to increase wear resistance and ensure longer life of the cookware. Titanium-infused cookware has a long-lasting and abrasion-resistant finish which offers a higher durability than average non-stick coatings. Even with prolonged use, the cookware will retain a brand new look and stylish appearance. The coating is metal utensils friendly. The normal degradation due to using metal utensils won’t have an effect on the cooking performances. Knives can leave small scratch marks that would just be physical flaws and the pan can still be used with no worries.
Certain brands of titanium-infused cookware carry a Surface Performance Warranty of 20-years.
Due to the non-stick property of titanium-infused ceramic coating, you do not have to use oil, fat, or butter when cooking food. This makes cookware with titanium-reinforced ceramic coating ideal for fat-free or low-fat cooking. The non-stick capability of such cookware prevents your food from getting burnt, even when it is cooked on high heat.
Ease of Cleaning
This is one of the greatest advantages of titanium-coated cookware. It can be wiped clean easily using a piece of cloth or washed with warm soapy water and a sponge. Some brands of titanium-coated cookware can be put in the dishwasher. Another plus is that you will never have to season a pan with a titanium-reinforced ceramic coating.