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Non-Stick Cookware: What it Means & How To Choose


These days, there is really no reason to not have non-stick cookware in your kitchen.  No one has the time, energy or patience to deal with cookware that gets food stuck onto the surfaces and makes cleaning near impossible.

But with the brilliant creation of things like ceramic non-stick pans, it has never been easier to cook like a pro in the kitchen and have minimal scrubbing to do afterward.

Chances are you probably already have a cast iron pan to cook your eggs on. But when it comes to cooking most things in the kitchen, you will really want to have that non-stick skillet or pan to ensure that nothing sticks and everything cooks to perfection.

Did you know that all you really need is one or two brilliant ceramic non-stick pieces of cookware in your kitchen to make most things? This is great news, as it means no matter what your budget is you can find a way to get these into your own kitchen, upgrade your cooking and reduce the amount of oil you need to ensure that no food sticks to the pans!

We are going to share all there is to know when it comes to non-stick cookware and what ones to choose for your own cooking adventures.

How Non-Stick Cookware Works

So what is it about non-stick cookware that actually makes it non-stick? It is really all in the way it is constructed. At a minimum, the non-stick cookware is designed with an aluminum base so that it is responsive to heat. The stronger the aluminum, the better control it will have with the temperature.

Teflon Coatings 

But the variety of non-stick cookware options out there all really comes down to the surface coatings. The most common type of non-stick coating is Teflon, which uses a combination of chemicals to ensure great functionality. However, while the functionality is great, the safety is not. This is because there is a risk with these types of surfaces that toxins can be released from the pan and into the food. 

Ceramic Coatings

However, there are many other alternatives out there that equally provide non-stick solutions without the risk of chemicals. The best out there is ceramic non-stick cookware. This is because there are no chemicals used for the surface coating and it is extremely environmentally friendly. While ceramic cookware requires more love and care, it is often the most recommended option out there.

Hard-Anodized Coatings

There is also another cookware option that is technically non-stick, but achieves this in a sneaky way. The surface is designed to have a layer of oxidation that produces the same result of Teflon coatings, but without the need for chemicals. Instead, it achieves this by using aluminum and relying on how it reacts to heat.

Advantages of Non-Stick Cookware

There are many advantages out there to using non-stick cookware. First, you will have way less of a mess to clean up. The worst thing to happen in the kitchen is when you realize that food has burned on the pan for too long and now you have food that is stuck and/or burn marks on the pan. But non-stick cookware reduces the risk of this happening.

Non-stick cookware also ensures that you can cook your food fast. This is because the surface heats up evenly and quickly. 

While you will likely need to hand wash your cookware, it should never take more than a matter of minutes to do so.

How to Select Your Non-Stick Cookware

If you are on the market for a new pot or pan and want it to be non-stick, then you will want to keep these various factors in mind when selecting the best option. 

1. Affordability

First, you want to ensure that the cookware is within your budget. Luckily, there are some great options out there that lets you purchase premium non-stick cookware with no toxins and are designed in an elegant and modern way. Not only will it be practical for your kitchen, but equally bode well as a great décor piece too.

2. Reputation

Another important factor to consider is the reputation of the brand you are buying your non-stick cookware from. You will want to do some research online and make sure that the reviews are great overall and other people recommend them. Reputation is super important when it comes to the safety of your kitchen appliances.

3. Longevity

You will also want to make sure that your investment in non-stick cookware is going to go a long way. This means that you will want to make sure it will last you quite a few years and you will get a long life span from your purchase.

Conclusion

So what are you waiting for? Try out non-stick cookware today.