How to Use Ceramic Frying Pans

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How to Use Ceramic Frying Pans
Ceramic frying pans lend themselves to cooking all sorts of food, from chicken breats to pancakes. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Ceramic pans serve as non-stick, eco-friendly alternatives to traditional cookware. While most non-stick frying pans contain perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical linked to cancer and birth defects in animals, ceramic frying pans are non-toxic. You can use ceramic frying pans in virtually the same way as regular frying pans, but be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions, since each brand is different.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ceramic frying pan
  • Hob
  • Spatula, large spoon or other large plastic utensil
  • Oven glove
  • Trivet

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    General Use

  1. 1

    Soak your ceramic frying pan in water for half an hour before using it for the first time.

  2. 2

    Wipe the pan with a dry paper towel or clean rag once it has dried to ensure it is free of ceramic dust particles.

  3. 3

    Place the food that is to be cooked in the pan. Enamelled ceramic frying pans do not require oil, butter or grease for cooking.

  4. 4

    Turn on a burner on your hob. You can use ceramic frying pans on smooth top ranges, gas or electric ranges or on grills.

  5. 5

    Move the food as it cooks using a plastic spatula, spoon or other large plastic utensil. Unlike Teflon-coated pans, ceramic pans have a hearty resistance to scratches.

  6. 6

    Wear an oven glove or protect your hand with a thick dish rag when it is time to remove the pan from the burner.

  7. 7

    Place the pan on a trivet to let the food cool slightly before serving.

  8. 8

    Turn the burner off and enjoy your meal.

Tips and warnings

  • Food prepared in ceramic pans may take longer to cook than food cooked in metal pans due to differences in heat diffusion.
  • To clean your ceramic pan, simply soak it in water with a mild dish soap and scrub it with a synthetic sponge. Use a baking soda soak for tough food stains.
  • Don't add cold water to a ceramic frying pan when it is on a hot burner, as this can cause damage to the pan.
  • Always supervise children around active hobs.

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