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What is ceramic cookware?

Updated April 17, 2017

Ceramic cookware has been a relatively unknown and unpopular type of cookware over the years. This type of cookware has got a bad reputation because of potential safety hazards, but it is actually a very versatile type of cookware. Ceramic cookware offers the cook many options that traditional types of pots and pans do not.

Cookware

Cookware is available in a wide variety of materials, sizes and shapes. This category of kitchen tools mainly refers to pots, pans and dutch ovens, which typically come in aluminium, anodised aluminium, non-stick Teflon, stainless steel, copper, cast iron and ceramic. Cookware is typically used to cook food on both the stove top and in the oven.

Safety

Ceramic cookware is only as safe as the material it is made of. There sometimes is controversy over the chemicals and materials that are contained within the ceramic and glaze that is used to protect the cookware. If the glaze contains lead, than any cooked food could contain traces of this hazardous element. Although lead is dangerous, if the ceramic cookware is properly created and sealed, than the lead does not pose a danger to the consumer. It is, however, extremely difficult to determine if it was properly created.

Ease of Use

Ceramic cookware is very durable, meaning that it is scratch resistance and will not get dented or chipped easily. While it can be available in a wide range of weights, ceramic cookware tends to be lighter than cast iron cookware, which is the heaviest type of cookware available. Ceramic cookware is also easy to clean using warm water, a mild detergent and a sponge, and doesn't stain as easily over time as some other materials can, according to CeramicCookware.info.

Types of Ceramic Cookware

Ceramic cookware usually comes in two different forms: glazed and unglazed. Unglazed ceramic cookware is porous and will retain water. This type of ceramic cookware is well suited for steaming foods and boiling water. Glazed ceramic cookware is non-stick without having to add a Teflon coating. It is typically used to saut´┐Ż and fry foods. Glazed ceramic cookware is also much easier to clean than some other types of cookware.

Cost and Availability

Ceramic cookware is available in a wide variety of costs at both kitchen stores and discount stores and online. Online companies tend to have a much better selection of ceramic cookware than in traditional stores because ceramic cookware is not as popular as some other types of cookware in the United States.

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About the Author

Adam Smith has been freelance writing since the start of 2010. He mostly writes automotive, culinary and sports articles for eHow. Smith also works as a research assistant in the health and aging field. He is currently a student in a Masters of Public Administration program at West Virginia University, where he already received a bachelor's degree in criminology.