3 Cookware Care Tips Nobody Told You About

Did you know that the best type of cookware you can stock up on in your kitchen is ceramic cookware?

This is because the type of cookware you use can actually have a direct impact on your safety and the number of toxins that could get into your food.

Ceramic coatings on cookware provide an alternative to ensuring that the food you cook on it does not stick while equally ensuring that there is no need for any chemical coatings to be used that could ultimately make it unsafe to cook with.

In short, ceramic coated cookware is basically a form of clay that has been hardened as a result of being exposed to intense heat. This means that a layer of metal like aluminum or cast iron steel has been coated in ceramic and has a coating that is made of minerals like silicon and oxygen.

This also means that there are now PTFE or PFOA chemicals used to manufacture ceramic cookware. But it also means that the ceramic cookware you use needs extra love and care when you clean it. The last thing you want to do is damage it.

While many people think that cleaning cookware can be as simple as just rinsing with soap and water or putting the cookware in the dishwasher. But we are here to share all the cookware care tips that you did not know about—until now!

1. General Ceramic Cookware

The most important trick when cleaning non-stick ceramic cookware is to first and foremost ensure that the pan cools down all the way. This is super important because if you do not, you will shock the cookware as soon as you put it in the sink. When this happens you could risk damaging the cookware and having it become warped.

While much ceramic cookware says that they are dishwasher safe, it is also always best to instead stick to hand washing. Sometimes the dishwasher can get too intense and end up damaging the coating that is helping the cookware be non-stick.

Fun fact—if you care for your ceramic cookware properly, it should last at least half a decade before the non-stick starts to fade.

Of course, if you are struggling to get the stickiness off of your ceramic cookware, then this may be a result of carbonization. If this is happening, it is because you may be bringing the temperature on the stovetop too high when heating up the oil. To avoid this from happening, make sure that you only use a medium-high level.

2. Cast Iron Cookware

Another essential cookware item that you need in your kitchen is cast iron. These pans are literally made of molten iron and then shaped into a pot. Because of the way it distributes heat, it is one of the easiest pieces of cookware to actually cook on. But how to care for it properly is something that often people are torn on.

In general, you will not want to clean a cast-iron pan the same way you would a ceramic pot. So do not put it in the sink and rinse with soap or stick it in the dishwasher. This is because it can actually strip off the important layers on the pan that allow it to cook so well in the first place.

The biggest trick to cleaning cast iron cookware is to gently wipe it with a dry kitchen towel and pat it with a small amount of soap and warm water. If there is a bit of a stubborn situation going on in the pan, you can use a steel wool sponge to try to break it all up and release it from the pan.

Fun fact—after you use your cast iron pan, the biggest care tip is to actually season it. This means you should add some oil, heat it up, let it smoke, and then let it cool. Seasoning is super simple and will help you get longevity from your cast iron cookware.

3. Stainless Steel Cookware

This is the most common type of cookware many households have thanks to its versatility. Like ceramic cookware, you should first let it cool down before you wash it in the sink. If things got a bit messy or sticky with it, you can also leave it to soak in the sink before trying to loosen up the sticky mess.

Much stainless steel cookware is designed to go in the dishwasher but you will still risk the aggressiveness in there damaging the surfaces of the cookware. So if you have time and can be bothered, always opt for hand washing if possible.

Fun fact—the biggest issue with stainless steel cookware is that they often get watermarks as a result of calcium buildup. To help prevent this from happening, give it a thorough dry with a dishtowel rather than letting it air dry.


With all these cookware care tips, you will get longevity from all your pots and pans!

Home Base Project Team
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