Anybody who loves to cook holds his cookware very dear. Therefore, maintaining your cookware is of utmost importance. And when it comes to non-stick pans, this is the one cookware that is used by housewives and chefs alike. Hence, knowing how to clean a ceramic non-stick pan is paramount.
Why ceramic non-stick pans are essential
We find ceramic pots in almost every kitchen, be it the fully facilitated kitchen of a Michelin star restaurant, or the quaint, humble kitchen of a grandmother. The versatility of this piece of cookware cannot be overstated. Some of the reasons for its popularity are:
- It is highly versatile, can cook a lot of dishes
- It helps cook in an even manner
- Due to its low usage of oil, it helps cook healthier food
- The ceramic coating is non-reactive and it makes sure that food chemicals are percolating into the food being prepared, even when it is heated to high temperatures
Besides having multiple uses, ceramic utensils take good care of your health as well. You should always keep a ceramic non-stick pan, as well as other ceramic cookware, clean. Therefore, particular attention must go in how they are cleaned.
The manufacturer’s instructions are the Bible
Due to the unique ceramic material used in these utensils, unlike regular non-stick pans, these come with special guidelines and instructions regarding how they are to be washed, rinsed, and scrubbed. Not following these instructions can result in damage to the cookware.
Hand washing is key
Hand-washing these pans with soap and water is what you need to do. Using scouring pads or steel wool will destroy the surface, and that is why those scrubbing tools need to be avoided.
After cooking, when the pan cools down, you need to wash it with soap and water and wipe it at the same time with a sponge or wet cloth. Cleaning the pan thoroughly makes sure that it is saved from discoloration and abrasions.
Good old baking soda
Sometimes, due to overuse or some unconventional methods of cooking, dirt does not want to leave the pan. Then regular soap water just doesn’t cut it.
Baking soda has been used for decades for removing grease, whitening teeth, and cleaning dirty handles of refrigerators and doors; it is one of the most common cleaning agents when it comes to cleaning cookware too.
A few teaspoons of baking soda with water works miracles on burnt food and dirt on an overheated, dirty non-stick pan.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Larger Pans
For cleaning large ceramic non-stick pans, or other large cookware, 3% hydrogen peroxide is gold. The best part about is that it is very inexpensive. However, it can become useless if it is left on the shelf for too many months. Be sure to check.
An ounce of it poured into the pan, with a little bit of water does the job quite well. For an extra stubborn layer of dirt, scrubbing with a toothbrush does the best job.
Other unconventional methods may help
Particular enzymes that are applied to remove stains on clothes during laundry have helped from time to time in getting the dirt removed from overheated ceramic utensils.
Sometimes taking care works better than cleaning
Some materials refuse to come off a non-stick pan when overcooked—such as burned rice or pasta, or things which are too rich in carbs. And when they are boiled too much when the water just evaporates, you might have to live with the burnt layer forever!
The same goes for burnt oil. Oil sprays used for cooking are famous for leaving a gummy residue on pans, which are hard to clean. Even olive oil and other vegetable oils will be very hard to take care of if heated for too long.
Things needed to keep in mind for prolonging the pan’s life
Cleaning is a regular process, but keeping these points in mind will always help in making your task that much easier. Cooking on low heat is always the best idea. Cooking on high flame for long periods reduces the life of ceramic cookware.
Using butter or a tiny amount of oil to coat the surface of the pan before you start cooking keeps cooked food from sticking to the surface. Avoiding cooking oil sprays and extra virgin olive oil will save you from a stubborn carbon layer.
Many people don’t pay heed to this, but letting a used pan thoroughly cool down before it is washed is necessary. Sudden changes in temperature ruin the ceramic surface.
Keeping in mind these points will go a long way in not only keeping the ceramic non-stick pans clean and hygienic but will also ensure its longevity.