Looking for ceramic pan cleaning tips or just how to keep your ceramic cookware looking like new? I cover how to look after ceramic pans with care advice to help you get the best out of your new ceramic non stick or solid ceramic (I cover both types here) for longer.
SPOILER ALERT! The newest designs in nonstick ceramic cookware use advanced technology, which manufacturers claim make them dishwasher and metal utensil safe. I cover some of these when I compare 6 of today’s GreenPan designs.
GreenPan Padova Reserve, a new ceramic nonstick design at Amazon
For all others, in a nutshell…I recommend you:
- Hand wash them only
- Store them unstacked or if stacked, with protectors
- Never use metal utensils or harsh scrubbers on them
- Remember this: the pans you treat with care will last you much longer than those you don’t
Having said that…take the time to read the info below or that which comes with your purchase (especially if you’re concerned about your warranty). A few minutes can save you dollars in the long run.
For a full guide (one that takes longer to read): see my more detailed how to use care and store nonstick cookware guide that’s relevant for all nonstick, teflon and ceramic.
Before using your ceramic pan
The below lists the 3 steps you’d take for all new cookware.
☞ On receiving your ceramic pans, remove all labels and packaging materials.
Wash before first use
Before its first use, wash the cookware. Hand wash, using warm, soapy water to remove any manufacturing residues. Rinse and dry using a soft cloth or paper towel.
Dry and store safely
Make sure it’s well dry before storing.
If you have the room, lay it on the shelf separate to other pots and pans. That means, don’t stack it if you want to retain their looks for longer…unless…you store it by placing paper napkins or pan protectors between it and the other cookware to protect its surfaces.
In most cases this is not necessary with ceramic cookware.
But it pays to check the manufacturer’s advice. I’ve only struck this with new cast iron cookware. You season cookware by heating the nonstick cookware with a small amount of oil as directed by the manufacturer.
How to maintain your ceramic cookware
Here are three basics to maintaining your ceramic cookware…
Use the right temperature and stovetop burner
Make sure to only use the heat settings recommended. Using higher heat than what’s recommended can cause the cooking surface of ceramic cookware to prematurely deteriorate. It may also tarnish the color of the cookware and disfigure the handles, depending on the set.
Low to medium heat works well with the classic ceramic nonstick cookware. Most of these ceramic
The newer ‘toughened’ nonstick designs, however, can withstand medium-high stovetop temperatures because of how they’re constructed.
Then there’s the solid ceramic cookware (aka 100% ceramic cookware), which can be used on the highest of heat settings.
Then, always use the burner that matches the size of your pan. This prevents overheating and protects the exterior finish. It’s also good for saving energy and dollars in power bills.
Let pan cool before hand washing
After cooking, ensure your ceramic pan has cooled before washing as adding cold water to a hot pan can damage the non-stick coating and crack one made of solid ceramic.
Hand wash pan with soft sponge or cloth. Avoid using harsh scourers.
On oven use
- Any pots and pans with plastic (Bakelite) handles are only oven-safe to 350 ºF
- Most tempered glass lids are only oven-safe to 350 ºF
- The newer nonstick pan designs can go in hotter ovens where the handles are stainless steel
- The Xtrema solid ceramic skillets and pots are extremely oven safe, as given by the temperatures in my post on ceramic pans that can handle high heat.
I wrote about safe temperatures for the different materials in my article on whether that pan can go in the oven.
Cleaning ceramic cookware
The nonstick pots and pans are super easy to clean by hand, as are the solid ceramic cookware. I give the run down on how to hand wash ceramic pans below.
For a quick clean before reuse, you can simply wipe the nonstick pan with a paper towel.
By hand cleaning rather than by dishwasher, you avoid possible damage from harsh dishwasher detergents or the dishwasher arms.
How to hand wash ceramic pans
- Wait until the pan has cooled, then add a little water to soften any residue and let sit for a while
- Check to see if the ceramic cookware fits in the sink
- If not, sit it on the bench, add dishwashing water and wash
- Don’t use harsh scrubbing pads
- Keep knives and forks and other sharp items away
How to care for ceramic coated cookware
To care for ceramic coated cookware, hand wash them, store them unstacked or with pan protectors, and never use metal utensils or scrubbers when cooking with them or cleaning them.
I already mentioned hand washing to increase the longevity of your cookware’s nonstick surface. And, how you should always use the right heat settings and burner size on your stovetop to avoid damage from overheating.
Here are some more tips…
Tips for how to cook with nonstick ceramic cookware to lengthen its life:
To keep your nonstick cookware like new for longer…
- Select a burner size that matches the size of the pot or pan to avoid heat touching and torching the sides and the handles and keep the exterior looking good.
- Check with manufacturer’s instructions, but in most cases, using a small amount of oil or butter is fine to help performance.
- Avoid aerosol oil sprays, as these can buildup a layer that can damage the nonstick performance of the ceramic cooking surface. I cover this in my article on using oils with cookware.
- A MUST AVOID: Do not use sharp knives on the ceramic pan cooking surface, i.e., avoid cutting the food while it is in the pan. Non-scratch utensils are best.
I recommend utensils that are made from silicone, nylon, plastic, bamboo, or wood.
BPA-free utensils that won’t harm the surface include thise eco-friendly bamboo cooking utensils you can get at Amazon — See details.
Storing ceramic pots and pans
Avoid damaging your pots and pans when storing by not stacking them, unless you use pan protectors.
A budget saving option is to place paper napkins or towels you already have at home in between the pots and pans.
Otherwise, look to purchase pan protectors, which go in between the cookware when not in use.
You can buy pan protectors pretty cheaply, like the Ecoware’s set of six you can get at Amazon — See details.
Or, if you have space, lay the pans out on the shelf.
On how to keep your nonstick cookware in top working order, the above tips are a guide only to help you with lengthening the life of your nonstick ceramic cookware.
Just be aware that, even with the best of care, non stick coatings won’t last you forever. Whether they are ceramic vs teflon nonstick coatings, the layer will deteriorate with use over time. Once the aluminum base is exposed, it’s time to toss the pan and look for a replacement. I cover some replacement options in my write-up on some best ceramic nonstick pans.