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Dishwasher Safe Cookware

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The world can be a seemingly frightening place sometimes, (I imagine) especially so for those with children. Our homes in turn become a safe haven where we feel protected and safe; where the little nuggets can run safely and free from harm.

It’s because of this perceived safety that home-originated sickness, carcinogens, and toxins cause a deeply unsettled feeling. News that lead-paint caused birth defects and learning disabilities and that asbestos, cancer and pulmonary disease rocked our nation to its core in the late 60’s and 70’s.

The revelation that the general public was getting up close and personal with BPA, a discovered carcinogen, through our plastic water bottles, revolutionized the disposable water bottle industry in the 2000’s. So just what makes cookware dishwasher safe? We set out to find out.

Stainless Steel
While universally considered dishwasher safe  cookware, as stainless steel can withstand the high water temperatures of a dishwasher without leaching any harmful chemicals, we do still recommend washing by hand. It’s not an issue of potential harm to you or your family, but rather for the sake of preserving your cookware (and other dishes and glassware!). The harsh detergent and high temperature water can eventually corrode the metal, and not to mention these are some heavy duty pans which could easily damage other precious stuff in the dishwasher.

Teflon
Alright, we’re going to get all Nancy Regan on you here and tell you to “JUST SAY NO.” Teflon is not a dishwasher safe cookware! Teflon and non-stick cookware contain a chemical called polytetrafluoroethylene which recent research has revealed to be carcinogenic when it begins to break down. There is absolutely no reason to be risking your health by putting teflon or non-stick cookware in the dishwasher. Sure, some sources claim if you put it on the upper rack where the water isn’t quite as hot you won’t be risking leaching chemicals out of the cookware. Um, no thanks. I’d rather have a sure thing when it comes to my health and the health of my loved ones, and just hand-wash the damn dishes.

Ceramic
The common school of thought here is that ceramic is a dishwasher safe cookware and to go for it. Ceramic cookware is durable and unlikely to leach any harmful chemicals into the piping hot water of your dishwasher. Do keep in mind that your ceramic pieces should be securely placed as to prevent potential chips and or scratches. Like always, best practice is to hand wash to preserve and maintain longevity of your cookware.

Copper
Let’s be real here, part of the appeal of copper cookware is their gorgeous aesthetic. Who doesn’t love the look of brushed copper pots hung from a pots and pan rack? And we all know you certainly pay for that fabulous look! While dishwashing copper pots and pans may be safe, we say hand wash all the way to preserve these babies. Not dishwasher safe cookware in our book. 

Cast Iron
Do not, I repeat, do not put your cast iron cookware in the dishwasher. It is not a dishwasher safe cookware. A well-seasoned cast iron piece can last for generations, yes that’s right, generations, but that’s contingent on your care for them. Because of the porous nature of cast iron, it has a tendency to rust. Water seeps into all nooks and crannies and oxidizes the iron. This the least desirable case scenario for this material. If and when you do feel the need to wash your cast iron, refrain from using harsh dish soaps and detergents and be sure to carefully dry the cookware with a paper towel, twice. Then re-season with a generous helping of oil to keep your cast iron in tip-top shape. 

 

 

Benefits of Ceramic Cookware

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Are There Drawbacks?

When it comes to selecting the right cookware for your kitchen, there’s a wide range of varying options. Depending on your preferences and needs, you can opt for pans and pots that offer superior durability, cooking performance, decorative appearance or easy clean-up. However, if you’re interested in a certain cookware that can provide you with all of these benefits, then you should look no further than ceramic cookware. Ceramic pans and pots generally offer a lot of advantages over other kinds of cookware and may actually be the right fit for your kitchen.

Benefits of Ceramic Cookware

1. Attractive Appearance

One of the greatest things that you may first notice about ceramic cookware sets is their attractive appearance. Most ceramic pans and pots brands feature a glazed or enameled surface that comes in a wide variety of decorative, bright colors. Because of that, it makes an ideal type of cookware – whether for residential or commercial use – for serving valued guests or simply for display on the kitchen shelves. Ceramic cookware can also add a pop of jolly color to the kitchen when you put it in a hanging pot rack.

2. Even Heat Distribution

Ceramic cookware sets evenly distribute heat throughout the cooking surface. Because of that, you don’t have to worry about some foods burning in some areas while other spots remain uncooked. Ceramic cookware is also similar to cast-iron pans and pots in terms of distribution of heat. However, unlike cast iron cookware, ceramic pots and pans don’t need to be seasoned every after use.

3. Safe for High Heat Temperatures

Due to high enamel coating of most Ceramic cookware brands that is made of powder from molten glass and finished with a high quality porcelain glaze, ceramic sets can be used even at very high temperatures. Because of that, ceramic pans and pots are ideal for searing meats as well as other food that require higher heat. While cast-iron and other cookware also offers high temperature usage, ceramic sets might be the best option since lack of seasoning is required.

4. Exceptional Durability

Ceramic cookware is considered as one of the most highly durable cookware types available in the market nowadays. It’s because its high quality surface doesn’t require seasoning or polishing anymore and is not susceptible to corroding. Usually, enamel-based ceramic cookware has a cast-iron center that’s evenly covered by the enamel coating. Its porcelain glaze and molten glass powder that make up the entire coating leave the pans and pots more resistant to scratches, chips, and breakage. However, ceramic sets with clay bases are more prone to chips and breakage.

5. Easy Clean-Up Process

Ceramic cookware is very easy to clean. Its enameled finish basically prevents food from sticking to its surface; therefore you can always swipe away any residue much easily. When food is baked onto the surface of the ceramic pan or pot, you can simply use scouring powder to easily scrub it off, leaving you worry-free about scratching the hard coating of the cookware. On the other hand, other cookware which features a quick release coating can’t be cleaned in this way since their cooking surfaces might be damaged by the scouring powder.

Ceramic Cookware Pros and Cons

Pros

Pans and pots from ceramic are actually considered as the most versatile cookware available in the market nowadays. It’s because they can be able to survive high heat temperature that would melt stainless steel – therefore oven-safe – yet can still be used in storing food in the freezer and refrigerator. Unlike metal cookware, Ceramic cookware can also be used in a microwave. Generally, ceramic sets are very easy to maintain due to its naturally non-stick surface, yet can take mild scrubbing and abrasives without marring their attractive and decorative gloss finish that is very important, since they make attractive serving dishes. Ceramic cookware is also widely considered as the least reactive cookware available in stores today.

Cons

Despite many superior aesthetic and cooking qualities, ceramic cookware sets also have some drawbacks. They can be cumbersome and heavy and some brands might crack if dropped – it may also damage your tile floor. In addition, older cookware that is made from stone and ceramic may contain lead. The only health concern regarding with the use of ceramic and enamelware comes from minor components that is used in making, decorating, or glazing them, such as lead, pigments, or cadmium. However, in most countries, glazed ceramics and other glassware are highly regulated. Therefore, cookware made of these materials can’t be advertised, sold, or imported if it shows result of high amount of lead and cadmium. Cheaper ceramic pans and pots may also discolor ceramic glass cooktops when used at higher heat temperature.

How to Care for Stainless Steel

How to Care for Stainless Steel Cookware

Whether you’re on the market for new stainless steel cookware, or already the proud owner of some fabulous ss cookware, here’s your go-to guide for taking care of those bad boys.

  • Before first use, be sure to give your cookware a good cleaning in hot and soapy water. This will help to remove any debris they have accumulated during packing and transit. You wouldn’t wear a new top without washing it first, right? We recommend using a neutral cleaner and staying away from citrus detergents if possible.
  • Those with hard water, aka water with a lot of minerals in it, may notice calcium or other mineral deposits on their cookware. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, bring to a boil, let cool, then wash with hot soapy water to best care for your stainless steel cookware.
  • Scorched food stuck to the bottom? Fill with hot soapy water and let soak for an hour or two. Then rinse and repeat to remove this stubborn residue. A nylon scrubbing pad may be of use here as well.
  • Understand that over time your stainless steel cookware will show signs of wear, especially if you use metal utensils. Avoid additional scratches by steering clear of  abrasive tools such as steel wool.
  • Bar Keeper’s Friend will become your BFF. This stuff works wonders for caring for stainless steel.
    • For light stains: Wet a soft sponge and sprinkle some of this magic powder on it. Be prepared for full arm workout and scrub, scrub, scrub. Rinse as you go and continue.
    • For more stubborn stains: Mix the bar keeper’s friend with water to make a thick paste in the pot or pan. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then get your sponge out and go to town.
    • While you’ve got your barkeeper’s friend out, give that stainless steel sink of yours a good cleaner, or hit the bathroom and watch the wonders it does on tile grout.