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Best Cookware For Ceramic Cooktops or Stoves – Useful Everyday Tips

Cooking and Kitchen

A ceramic or glass-top stove is usually a a halogen lit, or induction, or cook top, or it may be glass with a thermostat controlled heating unit.

Ceran is one of the most common material used to make such stove tops and most stoves are marked with a Ceran name typically in the far left corner of the flat top.

It is recommended to use metal cookware for most ceramic-top ranges specifically flat-bottomed pieces.

However, avoid using cast iron if you have a ceramic or glass top range as it is not smooth or flat on the bottom and it damage the cooktop.

THE BASICS

cookware for ceramic cooktops
  • Ideally, use the optimum pot when cooking on a ceramic top range. Specifically, the pot's size should not be greater than 1 inch in diameter as compared to the burner.
  • The front left burner is probably larger than the other three, so you will need to use two differently sized pots if you will be cooking on more than one burner.
  • Below are some good tips to follow.
avoid burning on ceramic cooktops

AVOID BURNING

  1. Place the food in the pot and the pot on the cook top. Also, try adding liquid if required to avoid burning the food.
  2. Generally, less liquid will cook the food faster, owing to the lesser time it takes to heat.
burner settings on ceramic cooktops

BURNER SETTINGS

  1. Turn the burner to the temperature recommended by the recipe and then cook the food for the recommended time.
  2. Sometimes, the glass or ceramic cook top may take longer than the older range you might have.
  3. Turn the burner off before the food is completely cooked if you were planning to keep the pot on the stove.
  4. Otherwise, remove the pot of food from the cook top once the cooking time is done or your food will continue to cook even after the burner has been turned off.
clean the ceramic top stove

CLEANLINESS

  1. Ensure that you clean the ceramic top stove after every use.
  2. Most cook top cleaners will remove the gray or silver marks that are caused by metal pots on the ceramic surface.
  3. Make sure that you wipe clean all spills.

 USEFUL TIPS ON HANDLING

COOKING

  • Use the ceramic-top stove only to cook. It is not a counter top, and using it as one may cause cracks.
  • This can also also scratch the ceramic surface.
cracks on ceramic cooktop

CLEANING

  • Care for your ceramic cook top like it is glass and it should last for long.
  • Try not to scoot pots on the surface and do not clean it with abrasive cleansers or scratch pads.​
ceramic cookware

NON-FLAT COOKWARE

  1. Try not using non-flat cookware on your ceramic or glass cook top.
  2. It usually requires 30 percent more cooking time and can scratch your cook top.
PAN ON CERAMIC COOKTOP

ALUMINIUM FOILS

An aluminium foil on a glass cooktop or ceramic cooktop is a strong no-no.

An aluminium foil on a glass cooktop or ceramic cooktop is a no-no​

DAMAGE

Over-sized pans crack the ceramic or glass.

COOKING AREA

  1. Measuring the cooking area on your glass cooktop can help with finding out what size pans are needed.
  2. For maximum efficiency using pans that are of the same size as the cooking area is advisable.​

PAN TYPES

  • Use flat-bottomed pans on your glass cooktop.
  • This type of stove doesn't transfer heat unless the pan is in direct contact with the cooktop.
  • A rounded pan has little surface area in contact with the cooking area.​
  • Even a small amount of curvature can affect the way your cookware responds on a glass cooktop.
on ceramic cooktop

TESTING THE FLATNESS

  • To test for flatness, place a ruler/measuring scale across the bottom of the pan so that it extends off of both sides.
  • Then look closely -- if you see space under the ruler, either in the middle or at the edges, the pan is not completely flat.​

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE COOKWARE

  1. Aluminium and copper-bottom pans tend to leave residue on the cooking surface that looks like scratches, stains. If cleaned immediately, the residue can be removed easily.
  2. Don't boil a porcelain or enamel pan dry. The enamel can melt onto the cooktop, fusing the pan.

WHAT TO AVOID

  • Avoid pans made from material that will damage the surface of your cook top or simply won't work well.
  • Glass tends to be a poor heat conductor, so using a glass pan will increase cooking time.
damaged surface of cooktop
  • Ceramic can scratch the surface of your cooktop.
Ceramic can scratch the surface of your cooktop
  • Stoneware tends to have uneven surfaces that can cause scratches.​
  • If you want to use older cookware on your glass cooktop, ensure that it is not dented.

CAST IRON COOKWARE

  1. Cast iron is slow to heat but it tends to hold heat for a long time.
  2. This in turn can can cause the temperature sensors in the glass cooktop to work incorrectly or inconsistently.
  3. However, in some situations, cast iron can hold so much heat on the cooktop, that it damages the components or parts of the range.
cast iron cookware on ceramic cooktop

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