Ceramic pans and cookware, like those from Equal Parts, are popular for their non-stick cooking surface. The name is a bit of a misnomer because the entire pan is not made of ceramic; there is just a ceramic coating bonded to the metal of the cookware. A ceramic coating can be applied to cast iron, aluminum, copper, or stainless steel.
While the non-stick coating sounds like it would be easy-care, it will stain, especially if food is burned on at a high temperature. With just a few tips and some household cleaning basics, ceramic pans can be used to prepare meals for many years.
How Often to Clean Ceramic Pans
New ceramic pans and cookware should be washed by hand in warm, soapy water, rinsed well, and dried with a soft cloth. This will remove any ceramic dust particles and dirt that settled on the surface during manufacturing and shipping.
Ceramic cookware should be washed after every use to remove food particles. Periodically examine the cookware surface for discoloration and do a deep cleaning to remove stains.
Equipment / Tools
- Sponge or soft dishcloth
- Sink or large dishpan
- Warm water
- Dishwashing liquid
- Baking soda (optional)
- Hydrogen peroxide (optional)
Allow the Ceramic Pan to Cool
Ceramic coatings do not respond well to quick, drastic changes in temperature. Always allow ceramic cookware a few minutes to stop sizzling and cool down completely before attempting to wash it.
Fill a Sink With Water and Dishwashing Liquid
Fill a sink or dishpan with warm water and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid.
Clean With a Sponge
Submerge the ceramic cookware and use a non-abrasive sponge or soft dishcloth to clean the surfaces.
Avoid Anything Abrasive
Never use steel wool, abrasive nylon, metal pads, or abrasive cleaners on ceramic coatings. They can cause minute scratches which damage the surface and reduce the non-stick quality of the finish.
Rinse and Dry
Rinse the cookware with warm water, dry with a soft dishtowel, or allow the cookware to air-dry in a dish rack.
Remove Hardened Food With Baking Soda
If food has burned and is stuck to the ceramic coating, allow the pan to soak in the warm, soapy water for at least 30 minutes. Dip a damp sponge into dry baking soda and use it to scrub away any bits of food that remain. Rinse well and dry the cookware.
If the food does not come off easily, sprinkle the bottom of the pan liberally with baking soda and add one to two tablespoons of hot water. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes and scrub the pan with a sponge or dish wand in a circular motion for several minutes. Repeat, if needed, then rinse, and dry.
Remove Discoloration With Hydrogen Peroxide
After many uses—some possibly involving burnt food—the ceramic coating can become discolored. To help lighten the finish, pour enough 3% hydrogen peroxide (regular first-aid strength is fine) to cover the bottom of the pan. To be effective, the hydrogen peroxide should bubble. If it doesn't, the solution is not fresh and requires a new bottle.
Let the solution sit in the pan for 30 minutes, then rinse, and dry. The slight bleaching action of the peroxide will brighten the finish.
Tips to Keep Your Ceramic Pans and Cookware Clean Longer
- Always hand-wash ceramic cookware. Dishwasher detergents can contain bleach and citric acids that are too harsh for the finish.
- Always use only plastic, silicone, wood, or nylon utensils when cooking in ceramic cookware.
- Never cut foods with a knife in ceramic cookware to prevent gouges to the surface.
- Eventually, the ceramic coating will begin to show wear. When that happens, avoid using anything acidic to clean the pans (like lemon or vinegar). The high acid content can cause the finish to erode more quickly.
- Choose a bit of oil or butter and avoid harsher cooking sprays that can leave a build-up of hard-to-remove residue when preparing foods.
- Do not use excessively high temperatures when cooking.
- Do not stack ceramic cookware without a pad to prevent scratches between the pieces.