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Frying Pans and Cookware 101: Choosing the Best Ceramic Cookware

When buying a nonstick cookware, the first decision should be choosing the type of nonstick coating you want. Nonstick cookwares have two categories namely ceramic and PTFE or teflon. Polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE is a solid and high-molecular-weight compound made of carbon and fluorine. 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 the newest material in the world of nonstick coating cookware, 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 people say that ceramic nonstick pans have a 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 because these affects the lifespan of both materials. If cooking with oil cannot be prevented, then 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. Do not vigorously scrub the nonstick ceramic pan because this will cause the nonstick surface to be removed or chip. It will cause both PTFE and ceramic to age prematurely. So it is really recommended not to use oil when cooking, 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 increased in quality in recent years by applying more layers of ceramic, making it stronger and thicker.

PTFE is a famous and classic nonstick material which is arguably more durable than ceramic, but some are concerned about its health safety,as PTFE coatings can release toxic gases when overheated. However, we found out that with the proper usage, you can use PTFE safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended temperature when cooking and baking. If you are using a stove top, always cook on low and medium heat, do not preheat an empty pan and pay attention while cooking. Both PTFE and ceramic are affordable options and more expensive ones have thicker coatings because it can improve the lifespan of the frying pan. You may visit our website for more PTFE and ceramic reviews. We hope you liked it and happy cooking!