With the concern towards PTFE (Teflon) cooking utensils and the health hazards it poses, many people are now taking a more serious look at the alternatives when it comes to nonstick pots and pans. This is where ceramic coated cookware is gaining popularity among the more health-conscious consumers. Apart from its nonstick feature, you can cook with little oil using these pieces which minimizes the amount of grease on your food for a healthier diet.
Just like with any other Teflon products, ceramic ones also require careful handling to prevent the interior from chipping. The risk is still there that it will chip over time and the utensil then becomes sticky, unlike stainless steel and cast iron cookware which hold up better under repeated use. However, if you are willing to trade it for an easier clean up and cooking process with its nonstick properties, then you can’t go wrong with ceramic cooking pots and pans.
Below are 5 of the best ceramic cookware sets in the market in terms of customer reviews and popularity:
WearEver Pure Living
You get a choice of 10 or 15 pieces when you buy the WearEver Pure Living set. The pieces are stain and scratch resistant which means you can use metal tools to do your cooking although cutting directly in the pan should be avoided. They are free of PTFE and PFOA, which should be a healthier choice for those who are concern about health risks. Constructed using aluminum as their base, they heat up quickly and retain heat well. The interior has a durable ceramic coating and you can safely cook at high temperature up to 350°F with them.
The handles are riveted and soft touch with an ergonomic design for better grip. The cookware is not suitable for induction stoves and there is a limited lifetime warranty on your purchase. These are not made in the USA although engineered in the country.
Important thing to note here is that you need to season the pieces before you start using them. This will make them last longer and you will avoid the stickiness and stains problems. The other point to bear in mind is the heat level that you use when doing your cooking. The WearEver Pure Living Ceramic Cookware conducts heat very well, and you may find that you do not need the hottest setting to brown your food. If you have the highest heat turned on, you may find stains appearing on your pans and ruining them.
Cook N Home NC-00358
This one is a 10-piece set and it is cheap. But don’t let the price fool you because, surprisingly, it gets a good review from the buyers. So, it works and it is green in color for a change. You can also get a red one instead of green. Like the set above, it is PTFE and PFOA-free and resistant to scratches. The exterior is also built to be stain resistant so that high temperature would not ruin its appearance.
Made of aluminum for conductivity, you won’t find hot spots while cooking. The handles stay cool to the heat and has an anti-slip coating. The lids are made of tempered glass to make it easy to view your food.
The nonstick feature here is really living up to its name because you can cook without oil and yet, your food won’t stick to the pan. Which only means cleaning up is super easy with little mess leftover.
T Fal Initiatives Ceramic Nonstick Cookware
T Fal is popularly known for its affordable cookware, especially its nonstick sets. The T Fal Initiatives Ceramic cookware is no different with its attractive retail price as the company competes with the best-selling WearEver and Cook N Home sets above. Available as a 14 and 16-piece package, the T Fal Initiatives is a good-looking set with a dark colored outer layer setting off against the light colored interior. Included in the sets are a few nylon tools which is great for those who are just starting out.
They are not for induction cooking but are both oven-safe and dishwasher-safe. The construction is more or less the same as the sets above with no harmful chemicals present. It is also light in weight.
They are truly nonstick so, little oil is needed to do your cooking. Handle with care and you will find this set easy to use and clean.
Shown here is the Orgreenic 16-piece cookware set. You can also check out the 10-piece one which cost about $30 less at the time of writing. The fry and sauce pans come with tempered glass lids for the former. It has a non-toxic ceramic coating with an aluminum core. The company claims your food will not stick to the pan, even without oil, and it can withstand abrasive scrubs. Because it is safe to use it at higher temperatures than traditional nonstick cookware, you can also transfer it from the stove to the oven when needed.
If you are wondering how good is the nonstick element of Orgreenic cookware, you can check out this video clip below.
The test shows you can fry an egg without oil with the pan pretty easily which you will never be able to do with a stainless steel piece. Although some residues are left after cooking, they are also easily removed with the spatula.
Green Earth Frying Pans
Like the Flamekiss set, the Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri is a 3-piece fry pan set. However, compared to Flamekiss, it doesn’t come with any lids although they are in the same price range. Green Earth uses a German technology called GREBLON which is an ultra safe ceramic coating, and it boasts to be one of the first frying pans to have nonstick perfection without the use of harmful substances.
If you look closely, the cooking area is also textured to create air pockets. This is to distribute heat beneath the food for optimal performance. Made of die cast aluminum, this ceramic cookware is also suitable for induction stoves.
Bear in mind that you might need to wash the pans with lemon juice or vinegar to get rid of buildups over time which cause food to stick to them while cooking. You also need to season them before use.