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Best Ceramic Cookware For Cooking – Coating Matters?

Buying Guide Cookware Advice

While I am not a complete fan of ceramic cookware, I do believe there are merits to using ceramic cookware that may not be available in other cookware materials.

Learn about some ceramic cookware pros and cons and additionally, this post will give you a brief summary on ceramic cookware cleaning and tips when buying one.

Also, I have mentioned my best ceramic cookware picks depending on the type  you might be evaluating.

So if you are already familiar with what ceramic cookware is all about you can go directly to the section on my best picks and if not then read on...

WHY THINK ABOUT SWITCHING FROM NON-STICK OR TEFLON ?

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risks from teflon or non stick cookware

EXPOSURE TO HARMFUL SUBSTANCES

  • Studies over the years have found that the usage of metal or non-stick may be exposing users, both directly and indirectly to fumes containing Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
  • This surface of non-stick or teflon coated pans are created using the same stuff.

HEATING NONSTICK OR BAKEWARE

  • Upon ​heating non-stick cookware and bakeware release related chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA
  • These chemicals are linked to thyroid disease, infertility, organ damage, and developmental and reproductive problems in lab animals.
teflon toxicity to birds

GAS FROM TEFLON COATED PANS

There is a connection between the gas from teflon coated pans and its high toxicity to pet birds. 

AND HOW DOES CERAMIC COOKWARE HELP ?

NO PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid)

Authentic ceramic cookware is not made using PFOA and it does not contain any metals like lead, cadmium, aluminum, copper, nickel, chromium, iron, or any other heavy metals.​

INORGANIC MATERIALS AND MINERALS

  • ​An honest ceramic pan or dish is made using only with water, inorganic materials and minerals from the earth’s crust.
  • Ceramic pans are non-reactive and non-toxic because they don't contain any metals.
  • They do not release odors or gases into the air even when they are heated to extremely high temperatures.
HEALTHY CERAMIC COOKWARE

NO HEALTH SIDE EFFECTS

Ceramic pans are not associated with any side effects on your thyroid, liver, brain, immune system, hormone levels, cholesterol levels, and weight.

7 COOKING BENEFITS THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO CERAMIC COOKWARE 

LEACHING

These cookwares does not leach trace metals or dangerous chemicals from the cooking surface to the food and hence there is no affect on flavor or health.

CHEMICAL COATING

There is no coating of any toxic or harsh chemical coating into the food.

ENDURANCE

​Ceramic cookwares endure temperatures as high as 2500 plus degrees fahrenheit.

CONFUSION WITH POTTERY​

  • ​Some people confuse pottery with ceramic.
  • Pottery tends to be brittle and weak and is used mostly for decorative purposes.
  • Sometimes imported pottery may contain lead and this can leach into the food on heating.

COOKING AND BAKING BENEFITS

  • You can save time and energy with ceramic cookware. Although it takes a little longer to heat up for even cooking, its heat retention is longer and more efficient.
  • This can also be a factor in your buying decision.
  • While pure ceramic cookware is more expensive than ceramic glazed or coated cookware, what you gain health-wise may outdo the immediate pain of the price.​
  • They can endure cleaning from a steel wool pad as these pots and pans are quite tough.

CLEANING CERAMIC COOKWARE

  • These cookware can be cleaned easily and because they are nearly non-stick you should not have issues with burnt food mess.
  • Ceramic cookware cleaning can be done by hand or dishwasher. Check the manufacturers instruction on dishwashers to be on the safe side.​

RESISTANCE TO CRACKING

  • Cookware made from ceramic are cracking resistant and consequently they give an enormous advantage over glass cookware or bakewares.
  • In fact, you can use a high quality one on glass or gas stovetops, ovens or under a broiler.
  • A lot of people find this type of cookware attractive as well.​

IS CERAMIC COATED COOKWARE THE SAME AS CERAMIC COOKWARE?

OVERHEATING OR DAMAGE

  • There is a ceramic outer coating on ceramic coated cookware. However, this is not 100% inorganic ceramic cookware and consequently that can cause overheating or damage.
  • The base metal can leach in to the food and this can cause health issues.​

MANUFACTURING

​Ceramic coating starts with metal pan, usually aluminum or copper. Subsequently, this is dipped into a liquid ceramic bath to coat the cookware.

MARKETING

​Cookware coated with ceramic is often marketed as an affordable green cookware, or PTFE or PFOA-free non-stick cookware and these sell at a price lower than a 100% ceramic cookware.

If price is not an issue do not compromise on buying a 100% ceramic cookware​

WEAR AND TEAR

Ceramic cookware tend to last quite long if you care for it properly. However, ceramic coated cookware will degrade over time with normal use. You can start seeing pits or scratches in them.

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