Frying Pans and Cookware 101: Choosing the Best Ceramic Cookware
One of the first things you need to do is deciding the type of nonstick coating when you are shopping for a nonstick cookware. Different manufacturers and companies use catchy names for nonstick coatings, but nonstick cookware currently on demand in the market today falls into one of two categories which are ceramic and PTFE. PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene is a high-molecular-weight and solid compound consisting of fluorine and carbon. PTFE is usually used as a base material for non-stick coating for frying pans and other cookware, which is non-reactive because of its strong carbon-fluorine bonds. Ceramic is newer in the manufacturing of nonstick pans and pots, and it is considered as the most environmentally friendly and safest material used. Ceramic coatings have various colors and styles you can choose from.
There are many arguments about the best nonstick coating in the market today, so it is worth reviewing the differences before purchasing one. Some people may argue that ceramic nonstick pans have shorter life span compared to PTFE or Teflon, but this is not the case because whatever material you choose, it is advisable not to cook with oil or cooking spray which may decrease the life span of both materials. If you can’t help cooking without oil, it is important to completely clean the nonstick frying pan to prevent oil layers from building up which diminishes the nonstick properties of your cookware. Avoid vigorously scrubbing your ceramic pan because this leads to the chipping and removal of the nonstick coating of your nonstick cookware. This will lead to premature aging both ceramic and PTFE cookware. So it is really recommended not to use oil when cooking, because some food already have small amounts of oil, and keeping oil away lessens the fats and cholesterol you intake for a healthy body. Ceramic cookware increased in quality in recent years by applying more layers of ceramic, making it stronger and thicker.
PTFE is a famous and classic nonstick material which is arguably more durable than ceramic, but some are concerned about its health safety,as PTFE coatings can release toxic gases when overheated. However, we found out that with the proper usage, you can use PTFE safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended temperature when cooking and baking. If a stove top is used, always cook on low and medium heat, do not preheat an empty pan and never leave a pan unattended. Both PTFE and ceramic are affordable options and more expensive ones have thicker coatings because it can improve the lifespan of the frying pan. Feel free to check our website for detailed reviews of PTFE and ceramic cookware reviews. Enjoy cooking with your nonstick ceramic and PTFE cookware!