If you’ve ever gone shopping for frying pans you know that there are an almost endless variety of choices. The best way to make sure you make the right choice is to learn about each type before buying. This article will discuss ceramic frying pans specifically, including their benefits, drawbacks and other important information about them. Just keep in mind, each type of pan will have its own advantages and disadvantages so you’ll want to choose based on your specific needs
Unlike stainless steel and other options, ceramic frying pans can come in almost any color you want. This is because they can be enameled or glazed on their surface with decorative colors. While this doesn’t offer any specific benefit while cooking, they do make great looking pans which might be important if you like to display them on a hanging rack or if you’re cooking in front of people.
Even Heat Distribution
When it comes to cooking on ceramic frying pans the biggest advantage is that the heat will be distributed across the entire bottom of the pan evenly. This is important for cooking many different things such as meats or eggs which require the heat to be passed through evenly. Since there are no ‘hot spots’ on the pan you can often use lower heat levels. This is helpful for both gas stoves and electric. Ceramic pans can go in an oven up to 2,000 degrees, and while that is not something most people will ever do, it is possible.
High Temperature Safe
You can cook at very high temperatures when you have ceramic frying pans. While in most cases this is not something that is important, it can be critical for certain types of meals. You could also use these pans in the oven or under a broiler if you wanted to without worry of damaging the pan.
No Chemical Leaks (when you buy quality pans)
Well-made ceramic frying pans won’t leak chemicals into your food, other types of pans which are treated chemically for non-stick benefits such as pans with Teflon coating often do transfer the chemicals into the food, especially when cooking high temperature foods like bacon. Keep in mind, however, that if you buy ‘discount’ ceramic frying pans they can put some unwanted things into your food. Non-brand pans made in China have been shown to contain lead which can get into the food. This is of course quite dangerous so always read where the pan is made before buying it.
Ceramic cookware is extremely durable and will likely last much longer than other types, although the non-stick surface can fade with regular use. The surface does not succumb to rust or corroding which means you don’t have to be extra careful to avoid putting it away wet. If the frying pan you choose is made with a clay base, however, you do have to watch for chipping or other breakage. A few pans have been stated to have scratch and chip resistant surfaces, but continual use of metal utensils will cause scratches and chipped spots.
Ceramic pans have a naturally non-stick surface so you don’t need to worry about any chemical treatments being put on them for this purpose. When cooking just use a small amount of cooking spray or our recommendation, coconut oil, and you shouldn’t have any trouble with it sticking to the pan.