Frying Pans and Cookware 101: Choosing the Best Ceramic Cookware
If you plan to purchase a nonstick cookware, you need to first decide what type of nonstick coating you prefer. 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. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is made up of carbon and fluorine with a solid and high-molecular-weight structure. PTFE is widely used in manufacturing nonstick cookware due to its strength owed to its carbon-fluorine bonds, which makes it non-reactive. Ceramic is the newest material in the world of nonstick coating cookware, and it is considered as the most environmentally friendly and safest material used. Ceramic coatings have different colors and styles you can choose from.
There are many arguments about the best nonstick coating in the market today, with catchy names that advertisers use to promote the nonstick cookware product, so it is worth reviewing the differences before purchasing one. Some people say that ceramic nonstick pans have a 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 because these affects the lifespan 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 have evolved in quality in recent years by applying more layers of ceramic, making it thicker and with longer life span.
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. This is not always the case because as long as you use PTFE following the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended temperature when cooking and baking, then it is safe to use it. If you use a stove pot, 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. You may visit our website for more PTFE and ceramic reviews. Enjoy cooking with your nonstick ceramic and PTFE cookware!