Looking to keep your ceramic non-stick 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 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 others at least…so they last longer:
- 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
Take the time to read the info below. A few minutes can save you dollars in the long run.
See also how to use, care and store nonstick cookware guide for teflon as well.
Before using your ceramic pan
On receiving your ceramic pans, remove all labels and packaging materials.
Wash before first use
Before its first use, hand wash using warm, soapy water to remove any manufacturing residues. Rinse well.
Dry and store safely
Dry using a soft cloth or paper towel. Or, let it air dry. Make sure it’s properly dry before storing.
If you have the space, 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 where you season cookware by heating the pan lightly coated with a small amount of oil and burn it off as directed by the manufacturer.
How to maintain your Nonstick ceramic cookware
Here are three basics to this…
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 ceramic cooking surface to prematurely deteriorate. It may also tarnish the color of the cookware and disfigure the handles, depending on the set.
Check manufacturers recommendations. Most say to use low to medium heat with the classic ceramic nonstick cookware. Most of these ceramic
Whereas today’s ‘toughened’ nonstick designs withstand medium-high stovetop temperatures because of newer technology.
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 nonstick 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.
Any rapid change in temperature can warp or compromise any pan, including stainless steel.
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
I wrote about safe temperatures for the different materials in my article on whether that pan can go in the oven.
Cleaning nonstick 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 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.