Ceramic cookware is the future cookware of the culinary world, delivering a reliable and flavorful cooking experience without the many harmful chemicals found in non-stick coatings. These highly durable, long-lasting pans resist scratching, withstand extreme temperatures, and improve the health of your food without having to use large amounts of oils. Ceramic cookware is non-reactive, so nothing you cook ends up with a funky flavor. Valued for its non-stick surface, ceramic cookware is free of harsh chemicals like PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) and PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) that can release toxic fumes when exposed to high temperatures. Ceramic cookware is great to use.
Even with all of the benefits and versatilities of ceramics you want to take good care of your ceramic cookware to make it last even longer. While the non-stick coating sounds like it would be easy-care, it will stain especially if food is burned on at a high temperature. With just a few tips and some household cleaning basics, ceramic pans can be used to prepare meals for many years. Learning how to clean ceramic pans and how to take care of cookware, in general, helps you create your best culinary work possible.
Importance of cleaning
The most obvious reason to keep your ceramic cookware clean is for hygienic reasons. Removing food particles makes the pans sanitary for the next use. Regular and thorough cleaning also keeps your pans looking like new. Sure, that is an aesthetic thing, but it’s always a nice feeling to pull out your fresh-looking pans for cooking. Regular cleaning prevents unattractive food build-up and stains that make your ceramic cookware look prematurely worn.
Proper cleaning also helps the ceramic pans perform well. Leftover food particles can build up over time and interfere with the non-stick performance of the ceramic pans. That causes food to stick, which makes cleaning more difficult. Maintaining the non-stick quality of your ceramic cookware makes your time in the kitchen more enjoyable, with reliable results that taste great. Cleaning helps protect the investment you make in ceramic pans, so you won’t have to replace them anytime soon.
Preparing for wash
While some manufacturers say their cookware can be placed in an automatic dishwasher, others recommend hand-washing only. Hand-washing is always preferred because dishwashing liquid is less abrasive to the ceramic surface than dishwasher detergents.
- Sponge or soft dishcloth
- Sink or large dishpan
- Warm water
- Dishwashing liquid
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
To clean the ceramic cookware following instructions should be followed:
Allow the Ceramic Pan to Cool
Ceramic coatings do not respond well to quick, drastic changes in temperature. Sudden changes in temperature can cause ceramic coatings to crack. Always allow ceramic cookware to cool completely before washing.
Fill the sink
Fill a sink with warm water and about 1/2 teaspoon of a dishwashing liquid, which contains a degreaser.
Clean with a soft sponge
Use a soft, microfiber dishcloth or sponge to clean the interior surface. Never use an abrasive nylon or metal scouring pad on ceramic coatings. They cause tiny scratches and can damage the non-stick quality of the ceramic coating. Thus lessen the non-stick quality of finish.
Rinse and dry
Rinse the cookware with warm water and dry with a soft dishtowel or allow the cookware to air-dry in a dish rack.
Removing Stuck on food
No chef is perfect and sometimes food burns, and even with a ceramic coating, it can stick to the pan. To prevent damage to the ceramic finish, you must use a gentle abrasive and a light touch to remove the mess.
If food has burned and is stuck to the ceramic coating, allow the pan to soak in warm, soapy water for at least 30 minutes. Dip a damp sponge into dry baking soda and use it to scrub away any bits of food that remain. Rinse well and dry the cookware.
If the food does not come off easily, sprinkle the bottom of the pan liberally with baking soda and add one to two tablespoons of hot water. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes and scrub the pan with a sponge or dish wand in a circular motion for several minutes. Repeat, if needed, then rinse and dry.
f your ceramic cookware has become discolored after lots of use, the finish can be lightened by using hydrogen peroxide. After many uses—and a few burned-on food episodes—the ceramic coating can become discolored. To help lighten the finish, pour enough three-percent hydrogen peroxide (regular first-aid strength) to cover the bottom of the pan. To be effective, the hydrogen peroxide should bubble. If it doesn’t, the solution is not fresh and you should buy a new bottle.
Let the solution sit in the pan for 30 minutes and then rinse and dry. The slight bleaching action of the peroxide will brighten the finish. Repeat if needed.
Tips and tricks for longevity of ceramic cookware
- New ceramic cookware should be washed before using to remove any ceramic dust particles that remain on the surface after manufacturing.
- Never use metallic utensils while cooking. Choose plastic, silicone, or wooden spoons and spatulas to prevent scratching the ceramic surface.
- Never cut foods with a knife in a ceramic-coated pan to prevent scratches and gouges.
- Use oil or butter when cooking instead of cooking sprays. Sprays can leave a residue that builds-up and is difficult to remove. Some sprays even contain ingredients that are too harsh for ceramic finishes.
- Avoid extremely high temperatures when cooking that may damage some ceramic coating.
- Always use a padded protector between pieces when stacking ceramic cookware to prevent scratching.
- Older ceramic coated cookware will begin to show wear from tiny scratches. Avoid cooking anything highly acidic or using lemon juice or vinegar to clean the pans. The high acid content of these products can cause the ceramic finish to deteriorate more quickly.
- Always hand wash ceramic cookware. Dishwasher detergents can contain bleach and citric acids that are too harsh for the finish.
- Avoid dramatic temperature changes. Always allow a hot pan to cool before placing it in dishwater for cleaning.