The best ceramic cookware sets will make your garlic meatloaf even more yummy. They are non-stick, chemical free, and don’t release toxic fumes when cooking.
Porcelain pots and pans sustain heat even after cooking. They are designed for durability and works practically on all surfaces, from flame-top to glass-top, or directly in the oven.
In short, ceramic cookware is entirely safe to use, well-polished, easy to clean and highly fashionable, and comes in quite a number of varying designs depending on the brand.
Is ceramic cookware good? You bet!
But make sure the earthenware cook ware is safe from lead.
We usually buy porcelain or earthenware because it is no-stick and it does not contain the traditional non-stick components called PTFE (or Teflon) and PFOA.
However, some glazed ceramics contain lead, cadmium and other toxic substances. Look for brands that conform to US FDA standards.
Oven safe, high heat compatibility
Consider aluminum-core non-stick surface cookery. This will be an efficient combination of high heat conductibility, even distribution of heat, energy efficiency and non-stick practicality.
A 3-mm tri-ply aluminum core will offer great heat of up to 500-degree Fahrenheit. Some aluminum based pans can withstand heat up to a maximum of 750-degree F.
Look for the label that says the cookware is oven and broiler-safe. Naturally, it must be compatible with your type of stove top, whether electric, gas, or induction.
A versatile earthenware cook ware set is an ace over the stove top, as well as a heat-retaining vessel on top of the table for courses that need sustained heat when served.
Read ceramic cookware reviews
Read reviews before buying. (I like to read additional reviews on Amazon for anything I’m buying.)
Most reviews provide information and comparison especially on details such as, material combined with the porcelain material to improve heat and durability, compatibility with ovens and induction plates, materials used for lids and handles, maximum temperature for lids and handles, whether the cookware for dish washing, construction, warranties, and sizes, among many other things.
Cheap ceramic cookware may be OK for you
Just because a set is cheap doesn’t mean it won’t perform at par with your requirements.
There are $100 10-piece ceramic sets that offer some of the best performance in the kitchen.
Spend some time researching for the right brand. If you still find your preferred set with the more popular, hence more expensive, brand, make sure it is covered with a lifetime warranty. That way, the cost will be spread and still come out cheaper in the long run.
Check for construction, handles and lids. It must be sturdy and solid where the handles join the pot or pan.
Lids can come in various materials. Should you prefer glass, make sure it is tempered glass.
Inquire about the heat resistance of handles; a stay-cool feature would be a big plus. You’d want to be safe while cooking and handling the cookware. It will also be added convenience if most of the pots and pans in the set come with lids.
Test the construction and ergonomics of the pan (especially the pan) for balance. The overall design must be convenient and safe to use. It must sit solidly on the cooktop. A certain heaviness and weight is good for stability; too much would also be inconvenient.
Explore modern technologies involved in the latest porcelain skillets. Many people are eyeing porcelain pots and pans that use nano-engineering.
This new technology gives superb heating ability and strength to the cookware. You can cook omelets without fat or butter in these vessels. Expect them to be very expensive, though. They also do not work on induction burners.
Piece it together
Buy by piece. Buy a ceramic skillet one week, then the next buy ceramic pots and pans. Spread your purchase out and buy what you need rather than getting a good price on a 12-piece set that contains 6 pieces you’ll never use.
If you are not starting on a new home and you already have some trusted kitchen pieces, buy three ceramic pots and pans at most. A 10” to 12” skillet, a 3-quart sauce pan or 6-quart stock pot will generally be most useful.
Unless, you will decide to go professional with cooking, you won’t need most of the other pieces.
Get discounted ceramic cookware in 2016
Holiday sales or discounted cookware can save you money. Browse websites and check out coupons for possibly lowered price tags.
Designer kitchenware is relatively expensive, but you can have these sets at much reasonable prices through the manufacturer’s websites, where most discounts and promo codes are time and again offered.
Good quality ceramic cookware brands on the market
Avoid buying saute pans, skillets, or pots and pans with no label. You might find one at a curio shop at an attractive price.
However, if it has no label its manufacturer will not be held accountable for selling a pot that might contain harmful substances or might not perform as expected.
How are porcelain pots and pans handled?
Whatever brand or type of earthenware you have, it must be taken care of properly to maximize its usefulness.
Some of them might not be dishwasher-safe. If that were the case, porcelain is the easiest to clean by hand.
In fact, “Easy Cleanup” is their last name. Don’t use scouring scrubs or abrasives that may damage your kitchenware.
For heavy and tough stains, soak the item in warm water with liquid detergent for a few hours, then wash and rinse with a sponge or soft dish rag.
Read the manufacturer’s manual or specifications for proper care. Normally, you don’t use steel utensils or metallic food turner on ceramic surface. It is best to use wooden or other non-metallic cooking utensils to avoid scratching the non-stick surface.
Store your pieces properly
Provide proper storage for pots and pans to make them last longer. Store them in a separate cabinet exclusively for kitchenware, and another for cake and baking pans for quick and easy retrieval when needed. Or spend a few bucks for a well-built kitchenware rack.
When your cooking vessels start to chip, corrode, crack, or is heavily used, it is time to recycle it or use it as a plant holder.
The chemical component used in the construction of the pot or pan might leach through the crack and mix with food.
Ceramics as cookware had been around for the longest time. It was one of the earliest materials used by humans when they decided that cooking was a good way to eat food.
In modern times, it still is one of the safest and most superior vessels for cooking. The inert and non-reactive property of ceramics makes it an ideal choice. But a buyer must be discriminating enough to know that not all kitchenware is created equal.