Ceramic Cookware is a very healthy way to cook your food. It lies between non-stick and stainless steel in terms of cooking style (contact with the pan, not in it like induction), but cleaner than either. Although there are many ceramic pans on the market, they aren’t all created equal. I started out with some cheap pans that were low quality and found out that you get what you pay for.
There are two things to look for when buying ceramic cookware. First, go ahead and buy the top of the line if money isn’t an issue, or don’t buy at all. You will thank me later. Second, look at their warranty policy before making your purchase; this gives you an idea of how confident they are about their product. As a general rule, the better the warranty and customer service is for a ceramic pan company, the more expensive they will be.
The only real cons to ceramic cookware is that they can break and chip and you must hand wash them so as not to scratch them with metal utensils or harsh scrubbing pads. They also get super heated during cooking, but don’t retain heat after turning off your stovetop, unlike steel pots and pans.
Cooking Surface- Ceramic pans come in a number of different styles, from layered through cast iron to traditional tile. It’s best to look for non stick properties if you want low fat cooking because some of these materials oil or butter regardless of whether it’s called for in the recipe.
Ceramic coatings go under a ton of different names but are usually more expensive if they have “Titanium” or some other material mentioned as an ingredient, so buy accordingly. Ceramic pans that are similar to steel pans can be used with metal utensils and scrubbed with harsh chemicals without worrying about destroying the ceramic coating because it is more durable than what you would find on cheap cookware.
Price- You can spend anywhere from twenty dollars for a small pan to over five hundred dollars for a professional grade skillet, depending on which style you need for your cooking techniques and how many people you are planning on feeding at once. For example, if you are only cooking for yourself then a small skillet would suffice as a kitchen staple, but if you have a family to cook for then a larger, skillets or griddles might be better.
Price is directly related to the quality of the ceramic pan and its features. For example, a company that has extensive customer service and warranty plans will likely increase their price because they’re confident in the product they sell.
Uses- Ceramic cookware can be used on almost any surface from induction stove tops through electric stoves to campfires and grills. The only thing I wouldn’t recommend them for is microwave cooking because microwaves heat unevenly and cause hot spots throughout the whole dish which may lead to breaking or chipping of your ceramic pans.
The Omega Juicer company makes a ceramic juicer that is specifically designed for extracting juice from fruits and vegetables, so keep this in mind when you are shopping around. Look at sizes, accessories, warranties and customer service before making your purchase to get the best bang for your buck on ceramic cookware.