How To Clean Ceramic Pans
Here are a few tips for your ceramic pan to last longer!
Ceramic cookware is a popular alternative to traditional nonstick cookware despite the more expensive cost.
It’s worth the investment because it cooks food evenly, requires less grease while cooking, and lacks the harmful chemicals commonly found in other pots and pans.
While the non-stick coating sounds like it would be easy-care, it will stain especially if food is burned on at a high temperature. With just a few tips and some household cleaning basics, ceramic pans can be used to prepare meals for many years.
What You”ll Need
- Warm water
- Dishwashing liquid
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
Step1: Allow the pan to cool
Let the pan cool completely before submerging it into the water. Never put a hot ceramic pan directly into cold water. While the pans can handle extreme temperatures on both ends of the thermometer, the sudden and significant temperature change can have damaging effects on your cookware.
Step 2: Wash it in warm water
Wash the ceramic cookware in warm soapy water as you would wash other pans and dishes. Use a sponge or clean dishcloth on the pan to thoroughly remove all food particles.
Step 3: Clean thoroughly
Wipe both the inside cooking surface and the exterior cooking surface of each pan. Pay close attention to edges and the points where the handles connect, where food often collects.
Step 4: Rinse and dry the pan
Rinse the cookware with warm water and dry with a soft dish towel or allow the cookware to air-dry in a dish rack.
Step 5: Remove stuck-on food with baking soda
If food has burned and is stuck to the ceramic coating, allow the pan to soak in warm, soapy water for at least 30 minutes.
Dip a damp sponge into dry baking soda and use it to scrub away any bits of food that remain. Rinse well and dry the cookware.
Step 6: Remove discoloration with Hydrogen Peroxide
After many uses—and a few burned-on food episodes—the ceramic coating can become discolored.
To help lighten the finish, pour enough three-percent hydrogen peroxide to cover the bottom of the pan.
Let the solution sit in the pan for 30 minutes and then rinse and dry. The slight bleaching action of the peroxide will brighten the finish.
How to avoid burning food on ceramic pans?
The main mistake during frying is adding no oil on a pan. Remember that even ceramic pans with non-sticking properties need some.
Frying with no fat results in overheating cookware. In a very short time the ceramic coating will be damaged, and it will lose its non-sticking properties.
In addition, it is important to pay attention to the frying temperature and fat which we use. Be careful with adjusting the flame, it can’t be too big.
Add fat which slowly burns even at high temperature – for example, lard or clarified butter. It will reduce the risk of burning food on a pan.
Tips to Keep Ceramic Pans Lasting Longer
Wash a Ceramic Pan before the First Use
After removing all packaging materials and labels, wash the pan with warm soapy water and wipe with a dry paper towel, to remove dust particles and dirt from manufacturing and shipping. It is ready to use after this initial washing.
Use Only Safe Utensils in Ceramic Nonstick Pans
Always use wooden, silicone, plastic, or nylon spoons and spatulas to portion and serve from your ceramic cookware. Do not cut food whilst it is in the pan.
Using safe utensils helps extend the life of your ceramic pans.
Add a Small Amount of Oil or Butter to Ceramic Non Stick Pan
Use a tiny bit of oil or butter to lightly and evenly coat the interior surface each time you are cooking with the pan.
Applying oil will help to keep foods from sticking and helps the coating last longer.
Also, avoid using virgin olive oil as it cannot withstand high heat and will leave a thin carbonized layer on the surface.
Use Low to Medium Heat
Most ceramic-coated nonstick cookware cannot withstand prolonged periods of high heat. Always use low or medium heat with ceramic nonstick pans or skillets.
Preheat your pan on the lower setting and allow the oil to heat for a minute before you add the food to the pan.
High heat can cause food to stick and can discolor or damage the surface. Do not allow the pan to boil dry.
Do not Plunge a Hot Ceramic Pan into Cold Water
Allow ceramic nonstick cookware to cool completely before washing.
Drastic changes in temperature can damage the nonstick coating, so its cooking abilities will be reduced.
Do not Drop Ceramic Pan on the Floor
Do not hit or drop the ceramic pans on the floor, and take care not to wrap or bend them, as this may deform ceramic coating, resulting in the loss of non-stick properties.