Is your ceramic cookware starting to lose its non-stick properties? Many people choose ceramic cookware because it is especially resilient and durable. However, this type of cookware can lose its non-stick coating over time if not treated correctly.
So what’s the solution?
Fortunately, it is possible to protect and restore the ceramic cooking surface by seasoning the cookware. This process is fairly quick and easy once you know how.
So, let’s find out exactly how to season ceramic cookware…
- When to Season Ceramic Cookware
- How to Season Ceramic Cookware
- Preserving Ceramic Cookware
- Which ceramic cookware set should you buy?
- How to Season Ceramic Cookware – Final Thoughts
When to Season Ceramic Cookware
In order to maintain the ceramic coating, it is a good idea to season your cookware before the first use. This will help to make sure that the coating is especially hard and durable. It is also a good idea to season the surface a few more times in the following months.
How to Season Ceramic Cookware
Before you get started with the seasoning process, make sure that you have everything you need close to hand. You need running water, dish soap, a soft cloth, a little vegetable oil, paper towels, and of course the cookware. Wash your cookware before seasoning using warm water, dish soap, and a soft cloth.
Dry the cookware thoroughly, and then add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the cooking surface. Make sure that the entire interior of your cookware is lightly coated with cooking oil. Place your pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium until the oil begins to smoke.
Take your time…
Although this process can take a while, it is important not to rush it. The oil needs to heat up slowly so that it can soak into the surface of your cookware. Gently move the oil around in your cookware as it heats to prevent it from pooling.
Once the oil begins to smoke, remove the cookware from the stove and allow it to cool to room temperature. This will also help the oil to soak into the surface. Once the cookware is cooled, wipe away any excess oil with a paper towel.
Repeat as needed…
If your ceramic cookware is brand new, it is a good idea to repeat the process once a month. Over time, the seasoning process will harden the ceramic cooking surface. After a few months, you are likely to find that seasoning is no longer necessary.
Preserving Ceramic Cookware
Correctly caring for ceramic cookware will help it last much longer. While this type of cookware is especially durable, avoiding certain practices can make it last for a lifetime.
Choose Your Utensils Carefully
Metal cooking utensils and those with sharp edges can degrade the ceramic cooking surface. Therefore, it is best to stick to silicone, plastic, or wooden utensils. Rubberized silicone spoons and spatulas the softest and gentlest on the ceramic cooking surfaces.
Avoid Cooking at High Temperatures
If your ceramic cookware has already been seasoned, it is best to cook on medium to low heat. Higher temperatures can discolor the ceramic surface and degrade the non-stick properties. Fortunately, ceramic boasts impressive heat conductivity and allows you to cook at lower temperatures.
Avoid Cooking Oil Sprays
Cooking oil sprays that come in aerosol cans contain ingredients and chemicals that cause a sticky buildup on the surface of the pan. These elements are difficult to wash away and will start to smoke over time, damaging the ceramic surface. Olive oil is also prone to smoking and should be avoided when you are using ceramic cookware.
Hand Wash Only
Although some ceramic cookware claims to be dishwasher safe, it is best to wash it by hand. Running your ceramic cookware through the dishwasher exposes it to the harsh chemicals that are typically found in dishwasher detergents. These and the pressure of the water spray in the dishwasher will quickly cause the ceramic coating to degrade.
Fortunately, the tough ceramic coating makes the cookware very quick and easy to hand wash. You are sure to find that most food slides out without leaving a residue. When handwashing, avoid scrubbing at the ceramic surface or soaking it for prolonged periods.
Avoid Extreme Changes in Temperature
Make sure that you heat your ceramic cookware gently so that the temperature rises gradually. Fast changes in temperature can cause irreversible thermal damage to the non-stick surface. This will reduce the non-stick properties and could even cause the surface to crack.
After cooking, avoid plunging your cookware into cool water straight away. Move the cookware to a cold burner and wait for it to cool down to room temperature. Once the cookware has cooled, use lukewarm water rather than hot water to wash it.
Store Your Cookware Correctly
It is best to avoid stacking pieces of ceramic cookware on top of each other or inside each other. If you have limited storage space, place a piece of cardboard or a paper towel between the pots and pans. You could also hang the cookware on the wall using the holes in the ends of the handles and helper handles if you wish.
Which ceramic cookware set should you buy?
To find out, take a look at our review of the Best Ceramic Cookware Sets available in 2021.
And for more options, check out our Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set Review, our GreenLife Soft Grip Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Review, our Cuisinart 77 11G Chefs Classic Stainless 11 Piece Cookware Set Review, and our Best Granite Cookware Reviews.
Also, make sure you pop on over and read our reviews of the Best Cookware for Gas Stoves, the Best Porcelain Cookware Sets, the Best Induction Cookware Sets, or even the Best Stone Cookware, as well as the Best Porcelain Cookware Sets on the market.
How to Season Ceramic Cookware – Final Thoughts
Now that you know the best way to season ceramic cookware. And that with regular and proper seasoning, the non-stick properties of your ceramic cookware could last a lifetime. Even though seasoning and maintaining the ceramic coating may seem like a hassle, the process will get easier and quicker over time. This is a small tradeoff for cookware that releases food smoothly.
Of course, prevention is always better than cure, and it is important to learn how to care for your ceramic cookware. Correctly cleaning and storing the cookware will help to ensure that it does not need to be seasoned too often. With a little practice and patience, you will find that your ceramic cookware serves you well for a long time to come.