Ceramic pots and pans are great for those who want safer and quality cookware. However, the sturdy nature of ceramic kitchenware can still undergo wear and tear if you do not take proper care of it.
Like any cooking equipment, mindful use and proper cleaning will ensure your FIKA ceramic cookware lasts a lifetime. Before you put your ceramic set to the test, here are some tips to consider when looking after your ceramic cookware sets.
- Wash by hand
It can be tempting to throw your ceramic cooking tools into the dishwasher and call it a day. However, that convenience will forfeit the longevity of your cooking essentials. While FIKA cookware with no wooden parts is dishwasher friendly, there’s a risk of chipping. That’s why we recommend hand-washing your ceramic cookware with warm water and a soft sponge or cloth. The wooden handles and lid knobs though are not dishwasher safe and will crack if washed in the washer.
For tough stains, consider using baking soda to remove them. Simply soak your ceramic cooking equipment with warm water and baking soda. Then use a soft sponge to wipe off the residue.
- Proper storage.
Avoid stacking your ceramic cookware on top of one another. This prevents accidents relating to falling pots and pans. However, if you work with limited space, place paper towels between your pots and pans when stacking to avoid any chipping to the ceramic surface.
- Use on medium to low heat.
Ceramic cookware can withstand high heat but for only short periods. That’s why you should cook using low to medium heat to avoid discolouration and damage to your ceramic pots and pans. On the plus side, ceramic effectively distributes heat evenly, so your food will likely cook quicker as well.
- Avoid submerging hot ceramic cookware into cold water.
Placing your hot ceramic pans and pots into cold water right after cooking with it can cause severe damage to the non-stick coating. Additionally, this can also cause the pan to crack. As such, wait for your ceramic cookware to cool before cleaning them.
- Stay away from cooking sprays.
The convenience of cooking sprays is undeniable, but I can leave some serious residue on your cookware. On top of that, the ingredients found within cooking sprays can also damage the non-stick coating on your ceramic cookware. Instead, opt for a small amount of oil or butter to cook your food on.
- Use safe utensils on your ceramic cookware.
Metal and harsh cooking tools such as spatulas and whisks can markup and scratch the non-stick coating on your ceramic pans. When this happens, it loses its non-stick properties over time. Alternatively, choose wooden or silicone cooking utensils while using your ceramic cookware.
At Cook with FIKA, we believe amazing home-cooked meals start with the cookware you use from start to finish. To ensure you make the most of your ceramic cooking tools, follow our step-by-step care guide above.