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. Nonstick cookwares have two categories namely ceramic and PTFE or teflon. PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene is a high-molecular-weight and solid compound consisting of fluorine and carbon. 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 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 different colors and styles you can choose from.
There are arguments about the best nonstick coating in the market today, and advertisers use catchy names to promote the nonstick cookware product, so it is worth reviewing the differences before buying 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 cooking with oil cannot be prevented, then it is critical to completely clean the nonstick frying pan so that oil layers will not build 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 surface coating of your cookware. It will cause both PTFE and ceramic to age prematurely. So better yet, do not use oil when cooking because some food have small amounts of oil, and keeping oil away lessens the fats and cholesterol you intake for a healthy eating habit. Ceramic cookware have advanced in quality in recent years by applying more layers of ceramic, making it thicker and harder.
There are arguments about PTFE, which is presumably more durable than ceramic, and some people are concerned about its safety, because PTFE coatings arguably 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 ceramic and PTFE are affordable options, and more expensive ones have thicker coatings that significantly improve the lifespan of the cookware. You may visit our website for more PTFE and ceramic reviews. Enjoy cooking with your nonstick ceramic and PTFE cookware!
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