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Frying Pans and Cookware 101: Choosing the Best Ceramic Cookware

If you plan to purchase a nonstick cookware, you need to first decide what type of nonstick coating you prefer. Nonstick cookwares have two categories namely ceramic and PTFE or teflon. PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene is a high-molecular-weight and solid compound consisting of fluorine and carbon. 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 newer in the manufacturing of nonstick pans and pots, and it is considered as the most environmentally friendly and safest material used. Ceramic coatings have various colors and styles you can choose from.

There are arguments about the best nonstick coating in the market today, and advertisers use catchy names to promote the nonstick cookware product, so it is worth reviewing the differences before buying 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 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 surface coating of your cookware. This will lead to premature aging both ceramic and PTFE cookware. So better yet, do not use oil when cooking because some food have small amounts of oil, and keeping oil away lessens the fats and cholesterol you intake for a healthy eating habit. Ceramic cookware have evolved in quality in recent years by applying more layers of ceramic, making it thicker and with longer life span.

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 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. We hope you liked it and happy cooking!