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Practical Tips on How to Maintain Ceramic Cookware and Retain its Nonstick Performance

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Cookware has become the modern equivalent of the old family heirlooms we romanticized as being passed down from one generation to the next.

I’m not talking about the aluminum and steel pans coated with layers of non-stick synthetics, chemical formulations that carry traces of heavy metals.

What I’m referencing is the non-toxic ceramic collections of cookware coated in glass ceramic and enamel.

These base materials never leach chemicals into food. Instead, they’re neutral, natural and entirely eco-friendly, but they do require maintenance to ensure they’re kept bright and glossy.

Get the most out of a prized family collection of ceramic cookware by following these guidelines.

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Practical Tips on How to Maintain Your Ceramic Cookware

Few Fundamental Things to Note

Ceramic cookware is manufactured from fundamental metal parts that ensure fast and even heating, but it’s the non-stick ceramic layer that’s bonded to the aluminum and stainless steel metal that I want to discuss.

First of all, the ceramic is scratch-resistant, but it will succumb to attacks from metal utensils over time. Use wooden or plastic utensils or to avoid this scenario.

The best ceramic cookware collections use ceramic glasses and enameled porcelain substitutes, bonding the environmentally-friendly substances to the metal of the cookware through the application of extreme heat.

Ceramic cookware reviews would suggest that this tempering and toughening process not only creates a long-lasting non-stick surface but one that has a high-gloss finish.

Consciously selecting non-abrasive utensils is a positive first step in caring for this finish.

Wash with Care

My initial strategy descends from the actual cooking of food, but what about when it comes to the washing of the cookware? Avoid using abrasive pads and sponges with the nasty abrasive side.

I’ve purchased such sponges and ruined cookware because I wasn’t paying attention to which side I used. Murphy’s Law guided my hand, and before I knew it I had placed two deep scratches on that virgin ceramic coating.

The lesson here is to stick to your guns by purchasing and applying the proper cleaning instruments.

Hand wash instead of machine wash. Leave detergents out of the equation and commit to a hand washing routine.

I admit to being impressed at how fast a simple but determined manual wash wiped away every trace of food to leave a clean surface, a fact that can’t be underscored enough when considering the best ceramic cookware.

Use with Care

Cooking with spoonfuls of oil is the fry chef’s idea of heaven, but too much oil can reduce the non-stick properties of ceramic cookware.

Use as little oil as possible or no oil at all. Even this addendum to a cleaning routine can fail because some food groups contain natural oils.

Use white vinegar to (www.ceramicore.info) remove stubborn stains and dried grease.

The dilute acid removes grime without damaging the ceramic coating.

The vinegar solution complements the eco-friendly theme demonstrated by the pots and pans, a big plus in the realm of ceramic cookware reviews.

Advantage number two, I feel as if I’ve made a potent move in removing synthetics from my kitchen cupboards and my body.

Key Takeaway

Maintenance of ceramic cookware is a two step issue. The first, always care for the product when cooking a meal by using little oil, by keeping utensils away that would scratch or chip the coating, and by avoiding overheating.

Cleaning is the second phase of caring for the cookware. Avoid abrasives of any kind, the fabricated sponges with scratchy surfaces and the harsh detergents that strip away the non-stick coating over time.

Instead, stick to muscle power, a little white vinegar, and a lot of common sense. That’s my strategy, and I have a cupboard full of glossy, chip-free ceramic cookware to prove it.

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