How to Care For Ceramic Pans? (With 3 Tips for Your First Try)

How to Care For Ceramic Pans

Ah, the heartache I felt when I saw scratches inside my favorite ceramic pan!

There was a time when a dear friend of mine was crashing at my place, and she wasn’t aware of ceramic cookware’s care instructions. She cooked something in my kitchen, and when I came back, I could see two huge scratches on my beautiful ceramic pan.

Upon asking, she told me that she placed a frozen chicken fillet in that pan and cut it with a sharp knife. What a sad thing to do. I had to school her about taking care of non-stick pans and pots because they aren’t like our regular steel and iron cookware.

Once I was done explaining some ceramic cookware care instructions to her, I thought I should share the tips with you.

In today’s guide, I’ll tell you how to take care of ceramic cookware. Don’t worry; this is not an exhausting care manual; a few simple tips, and you’re good to go. So, let’s start without any ado!

Purchased a New Ceramic Pan? Follow These Steps!

If you want to keep your ceramic cookware in excellent condition, be proactive about it. Some people repair/maintain their non-stick pans after signs of wear & tear, but we recommend you don’t do that.

Take your ceramic non-stick pan out of the box and:

Wash It

New cookware always comes with stick-on labels, and there can be chemical/polish residue on it. Therefore, you should thoroughly wash the pan/pot before you start using it.

Pro Tip: If you feel the sticky labels won’t come off without leaving a mess behind, place your pan over a stove for 1-2 minutes and turn the knob to medium level. Heat will soften the adhesives so you can easily remove the stickers. 

Next, mix your regular liquid soap with warm water and pour the mixture into your ceramic pan. Use a cotton or spaghetti sponge to clean the pan and complete the process by rinsing it off.

Dry the Pan

Water droplets that we don’t wipe from the cookware can initiate rusting, which is unsafe and looks tacky. That’s why always wipe your cookware dry before storing it, and you won’t have to worry about erosion/rust.

You can use cotton napkins, kitchen towels, or tissues to dry a ceramic pan; there’s no hard and fast rule. 

Think About Seasoning

Seasoning is often limited to cast iron and steel cookware, but you can do that with ceramic pans too. If you regularly use this new pan, the thin polymerized fat layer will come in handy.

Use grapeseed, flaxseed, or olive oil to season your new ceramic non-stick pan and enjoy effortless cooking on the go.

Wish to Keep A Ceramic Pan Useful In The Longer Run? Here’s What To Do:

Once you become habitual of using a ceramic non-stick pan, there’s no going back. It will be your go-to option for all meals. And that’s the reason it will be prone to regular wear & tear.

Most home cooks don’t care about their gear, i.e., cookware, and end up using it the wrong way. If you want value for the money you paid for that shiny, earthy pan, here are some steps you should follow:

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

You might be tempted to turn the stove knob to high when in a hurry, but don’t make it a regular practice. All non-stick coatings can get damaged at extremely high temperatures; the ceramic ones are no exception.

Cookware manufacturers always recommend the ideal temperature limit for their products; you should know that limit. Read the box or user manual that came with your pan to understand its heat-bearing capacity. High temperature can also damage non-stick cookware’s handles and lids as they have a particular heat limit.

Even if you don’t find a clear answer to this question, always use low-medium temperature while cooking. It not only prolongs the lifespan of a non-stick coating but also cooks your food to perfection. So, be a little patient while working with a ceramic pan.

Prevent Heat Shocks

Temperature shocks can damage a non-stick coating beyond repair. That’s why cookware manufacturers and professionals ask us to let the pots and pans cool down at room temperature before we soak them.

Once you’re done cooking, don’t straightaway throw your pan into the sink. Instead, let it sit on the countertop for a few minutes before rinsing it.

A Pro Tip: Avoid hot water with non-stick pans. Use warm or room temperature water to wash this cookware. And if the food residue is hard to clean, soak the pan for a while instead of using hot water. 

Get Sustainable Utensils

Brittle utensils are the death of a non-stick coating, no matter if it’s Teflon or ceramic. You should get wooden, nylon, or bakelite utensils if you wish to keep your non-stick pan intact.

Metal knives, forks, and spatulas leave tiny scratches over a non-stick coating, eventually rendering it ineffective. Nylon utensils are considered the best for ceramic cookware because of their heat resistance.

Wash Properly

Non-stick cookware doesn’t sit well with dishwashers for several reasons.

First, the water temperature inside a dishwasher is high and non-stick cookware cannot bear that. Second, when you put a ceramic pan inside a dishwasher, it can collide with other utensils and end up getting scratched.

So, manually wash your ceramic non-stick pan with warm water to keep its coating from wearing off.

Regular Cleaning

Rinsing a ceramic pan after every use isn’t a demanding task. Mix a liquid cleaner with warm water and soak your pan in it for 3-5 minutes. Use a sponge to remove food gunks and thoroughly wash the pan afterward.

Here’s a complete guide on How to clean ceramic cookware

Removing Burnt Food

If something burns inside your ceramic pan, don’t panic because you can clean it without scrubbing the coating.

To remove burnt food gunk:

  • Mix dish soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar in water. Pour this solution into the pan and heat it over medium flame for 1 minute.
  • Let the pan rest over your countertop while you clean other dishes.
  • Now come back to your dear ceramic pan and see if the burnt food residue has come off.
  • If yes, fair and square. If not, use a flat-headed wooden spatula to scrape the food off.
  • Do the scrapping part gently to ensure the coating doesn’t get scratched.

If you’re still not happy with the results (who did this food-burning disaster?), leave the pan for another hour, and that will do. 

Seasoning Ceramic Pan

Regular touch-ups keep a non-stick pan spick and span. If you haven’t seasoned your pan already, do it right away.

Here’ what to do:

  • Pour a few drops of any oil on your ceramic pan
  • Use a buff or sponge to spread this oil evenly
  • Place your ceramic pan on the stove and set the flame at low-medium
  • Let the oil smoke and polymerize for 50-70 minutes and turn off the flame
  • Once the pan cools down, wipe the additional oil, and there you have it! Your ceramic pan is all set for regular cooking now.

If, however, you notice small gaps/scratches over the non-stick surface, you can coat another oil layer over the seasoned one.

Summing Up

Ceramic non-stick cookware is a revolutionary product that has made home cooks’ lives easier. Whether you prefer low-fat cooking or cleaning the regular steel/iron pans seems hard to you, switching to ceramic cookware should be your next step.

This cookware is (often) made from recycled metals and coated with natural substances that don’t pose any health risks. If you’re concerned about toxic fumes leaching into your food, ceramic cookware is the solution.

And once you make this worthy purchase, follow the care instructions I have shared above, and your ceramic cookware will always be in action. Keep vising us for more pro tips and tricks; happy cooking!

Related Questions:

Why do ceramic pans lose their non-stick surface? Although ceramic cookware comes with sustainable non-stick surfaces, careless handling, and frequent use can render this coating ineffective. Here are two main reasons why your ceramic pan has lost its effectiveness:

  • High Temperature

Cooking at medium-high heat isn’t a viable practice when we talk about ceramic cookware. The polished/glazed ceramic surface tends to break down when exposed to extreme temperatures.

  • Sharp Utensils

Regularly using metal utensils is another damaging factor for ceramic cookware. When you use steel spatulas, knives, and forks directly over the ceramic surface, they leave behind small cracks that keep increasing over time.

How do you maintain ceramic pans and pots? A ceramic non-stick coating can become ineffective if you don’t take care of it. Here are some steps you can follow to maintain your ceramic pots and pans:

  • Re-Seasoning

If food is sticking in your non-stick pan, use a high smoke point oil to develop a thin, seasoned layer over it. Re-touch this layer once in two months to fill the tiny scratches over this oil film.

  • Proper Cleaning

Steel wool and chemical cleaners can erode the ceramic coating; avoid using them if you want to enjoy your cookware for a longer time. Use a spaghetti sponge and a regular bar of dish soap to clean non-stick cookware.

Why are things sticking to my ceramic pan? If the food starts sticking inside a ceramic non-stick pan, you’re either not using enough grease, or the coating has gone wrong. Try adding more fats before raw food ingredients, and that’ll hopefully fix this problem. If not, season your pan to build a polymerized oil film over the cooking surface.

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