Ceramic cookware is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. With so many people using it, one can’t help but ask is it safe. Although various sources claim that there is a certain risk when using any non-stick cookware, it’s essential to understand that there is little truth to that.
There are specific scenarios when using this cookware can be harmful, but that mostly applies to cases of misuse. So it’s natural that people get confused on the topic of safety and ceramic cookware. To clarify, we’ll shine some light on the ceramic cookware manufacturing process, materials, toxicity, and common types of misuse when cooking with this kitchenware.
How it’s Made?
The first thing you should know about the construction process is that aluminum and ceramic aren’t the only two materials used. Generally, frying pans are constructed from a variety of different materials. In this case, the ceramic is the predominant element.
Because there’s a long list of elements that are included in the construction process, people assume that the companies that make this cookware include toxic material as well. But that’s not the case. In fact, most of the companies are quite specific about their policy on PFOA (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) or PFOS ( perfluorooctanoic sulfonate) usage. Although these are used in the industry as surfactants quite often, companies that make quality cookware do not use them.
When is Using Ceramic Cookware Considered Harmful?
There are specific cases in which ceramic cookware can be dangerous to our health. Some of them include misuse. Other situations where ceramic cookware is being labeled as “toxic” or harmful is when it’s of low quality. There are cheap ripoffs all over the market. The quality of this cookware isn’t in compliance with FDA standards or any other standards whatsoever. So what can we do to stop seeing this low-quality cookware? Well, that’s simple.
Everyone is a consumer. And the consumers dictate ( in a way) which products we see on the market. So, the best thing you can do to eliminate cheap ripoffs from the market is to stop buying them. It’s as simple as that.
But what about misuse? How can an honest mistake like scraping food from cookware with metal or steel cutlery be that harmful? The thing is that it shouldn’t be considered an honest mistake. These products come with a warranty and other documentation, among which is a user manual. So if the manufacturer or a company explicitly states how to use and how not to use their product, the only “honest” mistake can be not reading the manual. But that’s also highly debatable.
Leaching is definitely one of the harms that can occur when using inadequate cutlery with a particular type of cookware. To stay on the safe side, always use silicone or wooden kitchen utensils.
How to Stay Safe?
Now that you’ve learned what can go wrong let’s see how to prevent harmful situations while using ceramic cookware. It’s easy to forget that nothing happens without a reason, as everything is action and reaction.
So how do we stay safe when using ceramic or any other type of cookware? The first thing to have in mind is adequate and proper use. Know how to use the kitchenware, and no harmful chemicals will enter your system. General rules include not cutting meat while it’s cooking, avoid overheating the cooking surface, do not store acidic food ( tomato paste, lemon juice) in cooking vessels, etc.
After inquiring about proper use – whether by reading the user guide or finding the answers online – stick to common sense. Don’t do anything that damages the cooking surface and can increase the risk of leaching.
The best way to stay safe while using any cookware is to stay informed. You can find answers to various topics on our pages, conduct your own research, etc. Finding information in this modern age isn’t really hard. All you have to do is ask the right question, and the answers will literally pop up.