Quality ceramic kitchenware is a must in every household. It’s impossible to prepare a perfectly cooked meal without it. It’s essential that it provides a safe, effortless, and stress-free cooking session. Otherwise, it’s not really worth much now, is it?
Imagine waking up late with the idea of a perfect stake for brunch in mind. Then as you pursue that idea, find out that the meat has burned and stuck on the pan that’s supposed to have non-stick features, which can be a real nightmare.
This can happen even if you have a pan of superb quality with excellent non-stick features if you don’t clean it properly. To prevent that, let’s find out what it takes to maintain and successfully clean ceramic kitchenware without damaging it or losing features.
Common Mistakes When Cleaning Ceramic Cookware
As you use your cookware, a small fraction of their non-stick properties is being removed — little by little, day by day. Before we explain why this is happening, it’s important to state that there is a way to avoid all this. As we’ve learned so far, the most common reason why this is happening is improper use.
Cleaning and maintaining it is mandatory if you’re to keep its features. There are different ways misuse can affects the finish on these pots and pans.
Some of them include:
- Using steel wool
- Scraping excess food with cutleries ( knives, forks, etc.)
- Using abrasive cleaning agents
- Leaving acidic food for too long in cookware
- Scrubbing with excessive force
Scraping food remains or fat from a pan with sharp kitchen utensils, or using steel wool, can leave a severe impact on the non-stick features. Not only that, but it can cause leaching, as tiny bits of aluminum or steel or other alloys are being transferred into food this way. So to stay on the safe side, avoid these methods, and you’ll be fine.
How to Properly Clean Your Ceramic Kitchenware?
The first thing you should do is let your ceramic cookware cool off completely after using it.
It’s important not to skip this step as the materials used in the construction of ceramic cookware react to high temperatures. And if you scrub the cooking surface while it’s hot, there’s a severe risk from leaching.
You can submerge it room temperature water, or leave it on a cold surface. Both methods are totally acceptable. Also, make sure not to leave hot cookware on a surface like wood or silicone to avoid leaving marks.
Once the cookware has cooled off, add water and non-abrasive cleaning agents. You can use anything from mild detergents to baking soda. Leave the cookware submerged or filled with the solution for at least 30 minutes. This way, even the most stubborn stains from grease will start to dissolve. You are, therefore, making the next step much easier. You can check if the fat has started to degrade by stirring along the surface. If you notice grease or food excess floating or beginning to detach from the pan, it’s safe to continue to scrubbing.
When it comes to scrubbing and cleaning the ceramic cookware, use a soft sponge or anything similar. Again, avoid steel wool or hard abrasive sponges. Remove the water in which the kitchenware was submerged, and start scrubbing in a circular motion. Repetition is always a better option than applying more force.
To keep the non-stick finish effective, and to ensure your cookware lasts, it’s important to be patient when removing even the most persistent stains. This way, you’ll minimize the chances of damaging the coating and decreasing the overall quality of pots and pans.
If you did not manage to clean it properly with the first session, repeat the entire process. It’s always better to do it all over than to scratch the surface. So once again submerge the cookware in water and cleaning agent mix, wait until the grease starts to dissolve and scrub gently.
You’ll be surprised how much you can expand the lifespan of your ceramic cookware if you are patient and clean with care. This way, your favorite kitchenware can last a lifetime!
After you’ve removed the stains, use a cloth to dry it off. Although the finish on this cookware is water spot resistant, avoid leaving it to air dry. No matter how good you clean it, if you leave it to dry off on its own, water droplets will collect dirt from the air and dust. So be thorough in the process and follow each step.