Frying Pans and Cookware 101: Choosing the Best Ceramic Cookware
When buying a nonstick cookware, the first decision should be choosing the type of nonstick coating you want. Many nonstick cookware 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 or PTFE is a solid and high-molecular-weight compound made of carbon and fluorine. 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 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, so it is worth reviewing the differences before purchasing one. Some argue that ceramic nonstick frying pans have shorter life span compared to PTFE or Teflon, but the truth is 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 coating of your nonstick cookware. It will cause both PTFE and ceramic to wear immediately. 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 advanced in quality in recent years by applying more layers of ceramic, making it thicker and harder.
There are also arguments behind PTFE, which is presumably more durable than ceramic, but some people are concerned about its health safety, because 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 you are using a stove top, always cook on low and medium heat, do not preheat an empty pan and pay attention while cooking. Both PTFE and ceramic 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. Happy cooking!