Ceramics have long been present in our kitchens. More recently, this material has attacked our knives and pans. Why is this coating so popular and what are its advantages?
Ceramics went from the kitchen to the table in a very short time. This material, which is commonly found in sinks, on worktops and small terracotta tiles used to decorate the kitchen, now makes it possible to make knives, frying pans, casseroles. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the best ceramic coatings?
Ceramic in the kitchen: sink, decoration and worktop
Why has ceramic been used so much in our kitchens for a very long time? The answer is simple: it is an easy-care material but also very neutral.
The advantages of ceramic for a sink
While stainless steel requires maintenance, granite requires precautions when installing to avoid breakage, tempered glass is expensive and messy, resin is not the healthiest material, ceramic, as for it, is very easy to maintain : a sponge, water, voila.
In addition, ceramic sinks are very resistant to heat and temperature changes in general, since the manufacturing process requires the sink to be baked at around 1,000 ° C.
In addition, ceramic is also known to be very healthy, neutral, and does not alter the taste of food that will come into contact with it.
Ceramic as a worktop
Please note, ceramic is a material, and can be presented in several forms such as terracotta, stoneware, porcelain or earthenware. Thus, ceramic can be used as a worktop or as a tile on the walls.
It has the advantage of being affordable in terms of price , and also very easy to maintain and hygienic. In addition, the ceramic is resistant to knocks and temperature variations .
Our advice for the proper use and maintenance of ceramic utensils
Do not cook over high heat: if it is resistant to high temperatures, be aware that ceramic accumulates heat. There is therefore no need to increase the heat, even to sear food, overheating could alter the non-stick properties. Prefer a low or medium heat.
Do not heat empty
Lightly oil the bottom of the pan for more cooking comfort. Likewise, the oil will nourish the ceramic: apply it cold to the coating from time to time.
- Do not run the utensil under cold water if it is still hot to avoid any expansion of the material.
- The use of metal cutlery and abrasive sponges is prohibited.
- Washing with bleach or chlorinated detergents should also be avoided.
It is the most suitable type of ceramic cladding for interior floors in residential homes or commercial premises. This type of coating is the one that has evolved the most, with different manufacturing methods, which have given rise to two types of stoneware: