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Frying Pans and Cookware 101: Choosing the Best Ceramic Cookware

One of the first things you need to do is deciding the type of nonstick coating when you are shopping for a nonstick cookware. Different manufacturers and 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. PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene is a high-molecular-weight and solid compound consisting of fluorine and carbon. PTFE is widely used in manufacturing nonstick cookware due to its strength owed to its carbon-fluorine bonds, which makes it non-reactive. Ceramic, although is a newer material compared to PTFE, 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, with catchy names that advertisers use to promote the nonstick cookware product, so it is worth reviewing the differences before purchasing one. Some people may argue that ceramic nonstick pans have shorter life span compared to PTFE or Teflon, but this is not the case because 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 you can’t help cooking without oil, 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 age prematurely. So that is why it is highly recommended not to use oil when cooking using a nonstick pan, 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 arguments about PTFE, which is presumably more durable than ceramic, and some people are concerned about its safety, because PTFE coatings arguably release toxic gases when overheated. However this is not always the case as long as you follow manufacturer’s instructions recommended baking and cooking temperature when using it. If you use a stove pot, always cook on low and medium heat, do not preheat an empty pan and never leave a pan unattended. 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. Enjoy cooking with your nonstick ceramic and PTFE cookware!

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