Once you have decided to go to the market for buying nonstick cookware, you will see that some companies or, brands are being very chatty/showy about the kind of coating that they have used while some companies are not.
Remember this: all the catchy tags that some companies use to describe their coatings are merely for marketing purposes.
There are only two types of nonstick cookware evident in the market right now – and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), commonly known as ‘Teflon’ and Ceramic. The only dilemma that you should be facing while buying nonstick cookware is, ‘Teflon’ or, ‘Ceramic? This write-up will help you to decide.
Ceramic cookware is the ‘new thing’ that everyone is excited about. The general perception of this type of cookware is that it is eco-friendly and safe to use as it is not comprised of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) but ceramic coatings.
Also, since the coating is ceramic, there is always the option of choosing from a wide variety of colors and shape.
Though some people say that ceramic is not as lasting as Teflon, it is not necessarily the case. If you are someone who cooks using only cooking spray or oil, you will find your cookware dead, regardless of the materials used to make them.
It is imperative to clean off all the cooking oil every time you cook using oil. But do not scrub the cookware in a rash manner. If you do so, your nonstick cookware will not be ‘nonstick’ anymore. So, to sum up, do not use oil for cooking. If you have to, then clean your cookware with white vinegar afterward.
Significant development has been seen in the qualities of ceramic cookware throughout the years. The producers/manufacturers are using a greater amount of ceramic for the coating, developing their overall features.
Look out for the newer ceramic cookware available in the market. You will find some high-quality cookware.
Teflon Cookware (PTFE)
PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) is what you would call the “vintage” one. PTFE coated cookware became famous when the brand ‘Teflon’ came to being. Majority of the people and the marketers believe that Teflon is more long-lasting than that of ceramic which, as stated previously, is not necessarily true.
Furthermore, many doubts have been raised questioning whether PTFE is safe to use as the coating may crumble and emit harmful gases when overheated.
As long as you know how to use PTFE properly, you will be able to use it without any possibility of health hazard. If you are cooking on a stove, you can go as high as 260-degree Celsius and in case of an oven, approximately 177-degree Celsius.
If you happen to have a bird in your home, do not use PTFE cookware at all as birds have a severe reaction to PTFE fumes. To be completely sure, check out the maximum temperature recommended by the manufacturers.
You may have some environmental concerns while using PTFE cookware. What you can do in that case is to avoid buying cookware sets made using PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid).
Teflon, along with other major manufacturers of PTFE cookware has agreed with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to completely stop the usage of PFOA.
Which One Do You Go for?
There are all kinds of ceramic and Teflon cookware to choose from. They are both equally affordable, and as it has been mentioned before, they get affected by the same things, cooking spray/oil. So, it comes down to your priorities.
If you want to be eco-friendly, go for the ceramic cookware. If you want to go for durability, the ‘supposedly more durable’ PTFE cookware is what you should go for.
No matter what you go for, you have to remember that maintenance is the key to ensure the longevity of your cookware. The longer they last, the better you are bound to feel about it.