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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. Many nonstick cookware companies use catchy names for nonstick coatings, but nonstick cookware currently on demand in the market today falls into one of two categories which are ceramic and PTFE. 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, although is a newer material compared to PTFE, it is considered as the most environmentally friendly and safest material used. Ceramic coatings have different colors and styles you can choose from.

There are many arguments about the best nonstick coating in the market today, with catchy names that advertisers use to promote the nonstick cookware product, so it is worth reviewing the differences before purchasing one. Some people may argue that ceramic nonstick pans have 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 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. Do not vigorously scrub the nonstick ceramic pan because this will cause the nonstick surface to be removed or chip. This will lead to premature aging both ceramic and PTFE cookware. 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 have evolved in quality in recent years by applying more layers of ceramic, making it thicker and with longer life span.

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 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!

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