Best Way How To Season Your Non-Stick Ceramic And Cast Iron Cookware

By Barbara | July 25, 2018

Non-sticky ceramic cookware are a very preferred range of kitchen utensils since they are cheaper and have higher heat resistance. They even have a higher scratch resistance and are usually eligible for oven use.

If you are a person who is careful about using our kitchen utensils or are simply running within a low budget, this is an article that will significantly help you get the best out of your pots and pans.

This article will teach you how to prolong the life of your kitchenware by putting an extra coating on your non-stick ceramic cookware.

Here, I will be explaining to you why you should even consider seasoning your cookware. I will be explaining what seasoning means and the importance of this process. I will be giving you, in this article, a handful of reasons why it is considered as a hack by many people.

Finally, when you are convinced about actually seasoning your fry pan or cooker, the article will give you detailed instructions on how to season your cast iron and non-stick ceramic cookware.

Not only that, it will tell you which type of ingredients to use and the ones to not.

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What is the point of seasoning the cookware?

Seasoning your cookware might sound fishy in the first place, but it does help you get the best out of your non-stick pan. Seasoning these utensils are pretty much a choice but always a better option to pick if you want your kitchenware to last longer.

Your ceramic pans come with a non-stick layer for ease of cooking and easy cleaning. More than often we see that the non-stick coating on the kitchenware tend to fade away with regular use.

To avoid such a phenomenon, we need to season the pots and pans. In this case, seasoning means merely to add an extra layer of non-sticky or scratch free surface with oils.

To understand why it is necessary, one reason would be saving up money. It greatly helps to extend and sometimes double up the sustainability of your utensils.

Not only that, adding an extra layer of seasoning helps dramatically to overcome the hassle of cleaning sticky food stains from your frying pans.

Another viable point is that this process can be repeated again and again every time the seasoned layers starts to fade away. It is even recommended by some manufacturers

Should you season ceramic cookware?

Seasoning your pots and pans is, as said before, a choice. If you really like to be convenient and make the best use of your money, it is a preferable option to season your kitchenware.

The non-stick coating on your utensils usually starts to fade with use. It is because of the use of different oils with low boiling points such as virgin olive oil. Another cause of tear of the non-stick surface is the use of metal or steel utensils with sharp edges.

More than often I have noticed that a lot of you become disappointed with the weakened coating after it starts fading and you start blaming the manufacturer and doubting the quality of the build. But you need to keep in mind that non-stick layers are bound to weaken with the course of usage.

The process of seasoning is not too hard or costly. It is a straightforward process that can be done in the vicinity of your kitchen at home. Moreover, you don’t actually have to do it now and then. Just season your ceramic pans and cookers once and forget the hassle of your non-stick coating fading away.

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How to season ceramic cookware?

To season your cookware is a bit of advice frequently given by the non-stick kitchenware manufacturers. More than often we see that non-stick coating tear and thin down with use. To avoid such a problem, you can just season them with oils.

The process is pretty simple. It needs to be done once to sustain for about six months. Then, it is all good to go. Some ceramic brands even prefer that you season them once before you start using them for the first time.

It requires a little bit of cooking oil. You can even use butter as a substitute for cooking oils, but keep in mind that you do not use extra virgin olive oils or soya bean oil.

It is because extra virgin olive oils burn faster and cause more harm to the non-sticky layer than coating it. On the other hand, soya beans leave out stains, and these stains are tough to clean.

Another big no-no is using spraying cooking oil since they contain harmful chemicals and soya bean oil too. Once you are done with abstaining from these specific oils, you are good to go with the coating process.

Just take your frying pan or cooker and rinse it thoroughly. Then wipe it well with a dry paper towel to abstain from scratching the surface in the process.

Next, take a teaspoon of oil and slowly apply it to the inner side of the frying pan and then put the cookware on the stove with medium heat on. Let it warm and dry gradually for up to 2 to 3 minutes and then take it off the stove.

After that, just rinse the cookware with warm and soapy water. Use your hand to wash the utensil thoroughly. Now, your utensil is all ready to be used.

If you are worried about the seasoning wearing off, just repeat it after at least every 6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have more questions about seasoning other types of pots and pans? For example, do you want to know if you can use grapeseed oil for seasoning cast iron?

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Conclusion

In the end, like always, seasoning your cookware might not sound right and sometimes it even might seem awkward. Regardless of all this, there are many benefits of seasoning your kitchenware.

It is beneficial if you are a person who sincerely takes care of your cookware or is simply reckless while cooking.  It acts as extra protection to save your pots and pans from scratches or tears if you use metallic or steel utensils.

The process is straightforward since it takes almost no time to be done. The ingredients are easy to find too and require nothing special.