Can Ceramic Cookware Be Used on Electric Stoves?

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Can Ceramic Cookware Be Used on Electric Stoves?
The versatility of ceramic cookware makes it desirable. (Ryan McVay/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Ceramic pots and pans are durable, versatile and long-lasting. Ceramic cookware can be used in the microwave, on gas stoves and on most electric stoves. Ceramic cookware can be used to cook, stored in the refrigerator and washed in the dishwasher. Read the owner's guide accompanying your ceramic cookware to fully benefit from the many uses of ceramic and to ensure the cookware is safe for your specific stove.

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Electric Hobs

Electric stoves vary in burner design and power. Traditionally, electric hobs feature raised, flat coils that grow hot with heat generated by electricity. Because of the way heat radiates from electric coil burners, the cook can use a lower heat setting with ceramic cookware than if he were cooking on a gas stove. Some electric stove burners feature a solid disk rather than the coils typically seen. These solid disks are easier to clean as there are no crevices or holes to accumulate soot, burnt matter or grease as on a traditional coil burner. Ceramic cookware used on solid disk-style burners takes longer to cook, however, as the disks heat at a slower rate than coil burners.

Glass-Topped Electric Stove Tops

Glass-topped electric stoves are sometimes referred to as flat-topped stoves because the burner is encased beneath a flat layer of glass. An illustration or just a painted ring may be used to show where the burner is beneath the glass. The burner beneath the glass may be a radiant or halogen burner. Ceramic cookware can be used on both of these type burners, but ceramic is so durable and hard that the cookware can actually damage the glass hob if you don't take careful precautions. Never slide or scoot the pan or pot over the glass hob, or the ceramic cookware will scratch the surface. Ceramic cookware with grooves or textured bottoms may not cook evenly on glass-topped hobs because the burner requires direct glass-to-pan-bottom contact to evenly distribute heat for cooking. Use flat-bottomed ceramic cookware for the best results.

Induction Electric Stoves

You cannot use ceramic cookware on an induction electric hob. Induction stoves require cookware made of stainless steel or iron. Cookware made of ceramic, glass, solid aluminium or copper cannot conduct the heat generated by an induction burner throughout the pan. An induction burner works with the metal pan to cook the food within instead of simply heating up a burner coil, disk or element beneath the cookware. Ceramic cookware is useless on an induction stove.

Ceramic Cookware Considerations

Even though ceramic cookware is durable, it can be broken or chipped if mistreated. Store ceramic cookware with other ceramic cookware and not with metal pots and pans. Ceramic cookware gets hot just like any other pot and will burn skin if hot. Use potholders when the cookware is hot to avoid injury. The Emile Henry website maintains that the company's ceramic cookware is made to function in temperatures up to 249 degrees Celsius. Hot ceramic pots and pans should be placed on a trivet, hot pad, potholder or towel when placed onto table or counter surfaces to avoid damaging those surfaces. For best results, always have food within the ceramic cookware before heating.

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