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One of the reasons that people buy ceramic is that it can be a stunning piece of cookware. Many are designed with a modern look and feel that make then a pleasure to cook with.
Some dishes have patterns printed or embossed for additional style. Ceramic cookware isn’t only beautiful it also has some great features, it won’t corrode, you don’t have to season it, durable, can be used directly on the stovetop and the oven, plus ceramic cookware is easy to clean.
Unlike the dangers associated with Teflon ceramic cookware will not allow metals to leach into your food, so you know you and your family aren’t being exposed to any harmful chemicals.
Before you use your ceramic cookware for the first time, you should wash it to eliminate any contaminants. Many times during manufacturing and shipping cookware can come in contact with bacteria and harmful chemicals.
To wash your cookware:
- Create a mixture of soap and warm water.
- Take a sponge or towel and wash the entire pan.
- Rinse the pan with water.
- Take a few paper towels and make sure your dish is thoroughly dry.
- Store it upside down to ensure all of the water runs out the pan.
These steps should be followed every time you use your ceramic dishes.
If your cookware is stained,there is a way to clean it up. Deep cleaning ceramic cookware requires a bit more effort, but it could help your ceramic cookware last longer.
- Use a mix of soap and water to hand wash your cookware like normal.
- Once you are satisfied, have a look for any additional debris.
- If you spot any, sprinkle a little baking soda on the areas of concern and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
- Scrub the pan and remove the tacked on debris, a scouring pad, abrasive towel, or dish brush will do the trick.
- Take a few paper towels and thoroughly dry your piece.
Ceramic is beautiful and maintaining its beauty will take a little work. When shopping for cookware, we never look for the directions because everything seems so straight-forward. The truth is, you should read the manual and get to know your dish. The company has information on how to cook and clean in them to make them last. If you’ve tossed your manual, here is a little advice that will help you prolong the life of you ceramic cookware.
- Never use an abrasive cleaner for your cookware because it could cause discoloration.
- Metal utensils have the ability to scratch ceramic cookware so try to use ones that are made of wood or silicone.
- Always add butter or oil before cooking. This technique prevents food from sticking to your pan making cleanup a breeze.
- Keep the fire down, if it is turned up too high your food could burn, or your ceramic will end up stained.
- Before soaking your cookware in water, try letting it cool down first. An extreme temperature change could cause your dish to shatter.
- Stacking ceramic on ceramic when storing your dishes could cause scratching.
- You can put a napkin between each dish in your cabinet so nothing gets damaged.
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