The things that you treat with care will last you much longer than those that you don’t. This includes your ceramic cookware. Like most kitchen products they come with care instructions. Take the time to read these. A few minutes can save you dollars in the long run. In case you’ve lost those, I’ve listed some general care tips as a guide to help.
Before Using Your Ceramic Cookware
On receiving your ceramic pans, remove all labels and packaging materials.
Before use, wash the cookware with warm, soapy water. Then rinse and dry using a soft cloth or paper towel.
Store by placing paper napkins or pan protectors between cookware to protect surfaces.
Check with the manufacturer — some non stick cookware sets need to be conditioned with a little oil first up. Use the nonstick cookware on low or medium heat or up to the temperatures advised by the manufacturer. Low to medium heat works well with the ceramic cookware that has an aluminum base layer, which quickly conducts heat. Compare this with solid ceramic cookware, which can be used on the highest heat settings. Read my article about this and other features of solid ceramic cookware.
Cleaning Ceramic Cookware
Handwashing is the best. ‘Dishwasher safe’ cookware is a feature of ceramic cookware sets. However, dishwashing is not necessary. The nonstick pots and pans are super easy to clean by hand. So are the solid ceramic cookware. Take it from me it’s best to avoid the harsh detergents and any damage from the dishwasher arms to keep your cookware looking the best cooking set.
Make sure the ceramic frying pan fits in the sink. Do not soak. Clean once it has cooled down. Don’t use harsh scrubbing pads.
For real problem cleaning, try this natural approach to clean your pans:
Tips for lengthening the life of ceramic cookware
These tips are for ceramic cookware but apply to care for pots and pans in general:
Hand washing (even though for ceramic cookware, dishwasher safe is a feature) will increase the longevity of use
Do not use sharp knives on the ceramic surface, ie., avoid cutting the food while it is in the pan.
Avoid storage damage by placing paper napkins, towels, or pan protectors between cookware when not in use
Always use a small amount of oil or butter so the coating lasts longer and food does not stick
Avoid spraying oil or extra virgin olive oil as this may produce a buildup and damage the ceramic surface
Only use low or medium heat as high heat can damage the ceramic cookware
Select the proper burner size to avoid heat touching and torching the sides
Allow the ceramic cookware to cool before washing as cold water on hot cookware can damage the non-stick coating or warp the pan
Use only silicone, nylon, plastic, or wooden utensils – Metal utensils will scratch the surface
Ensure it has cooled before washing as adding cold water to a hot pan can damage the non-stick coating. A rapid change of temperature can also cause warping.
Care for lids: Tempered glass lids are oven safe to 350 ºF Cleaning Ceramic CookwareCeramic cookware is considered dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleaning, but I recommend hand washing for long-term care of your cookware.
Avoid storage damage by placing protection between the cookware pieces when not in use. For this, you can use paper napkins, towels, or pan protectors, like the Ecoware’s set of six you can get at Amazon — See details. Or, if you have the space, avoid stacking your pots and pans.
Most important! Use utensils that won’t harm the surface. You can buy BPA-free utensils that won’t harm the surface at Amazon — there are plenty to choose from including eco-friendly bamboo ones — See details.