Modern housewives increasingly use ceramic-coated pans, which are gradually replacing Teflon counterparts in kitchens. Therefore, the question of how to clean the ceramic frying pan from grease and carbon deposits, so as not to damage the smooth coating, arises more and more often.
The advantage of a ceramic coating is that it is absolutely safe, and, unlike Teflon, does not emit harmful substances when heated. It also requires a minimum amount of oil to cook food in such a pan.
The ceramic coating is used to make various cooking techniques. For example, ceramic grills have proven to be easy to use, save time, and turn your everyday meal into a culinary masterpiece.
In order for ceramic-coated dishes to serve you for a long time, you must take into account the features of this material and follow the basic rules for caring for it.
Main features of ceramic coatings.
- 1 Main features of ceramic coatings.
- 2 What are carbon deposits and where does it come from?
- 3 Final recommendations.
The ceramic coated pan cannot be used as intended immediately after purchase. First of all, it must be thoroughly washed from the inside and outside with dishwashing detergent, and then the moisture must be removed with a towel. Only then can it be used.
- It should be borne in mind that ceramics do not like a sharp change in temperature. Do not pour frozen food onto a hot frying pan or fill it with cold water immediately after use. This threatens the formation of microcracks, and the pan will regularly “grab” everything that you cook on it.
- When cleaning the frying pan, it is forbidden to use abrasive powders, hard brushes and even baking soda, this will ruin the coating. The inside and outside of such dishes can only be cleaned with soft sponges and a neutral detergent.
But even if you take proper care of the pan, sooner or later carbon deposits will appear on it, which must be removed so as not to spoil expensive dishes.
What are carbon deposits and where does it come from?
The frying pan is mainly intended for frying various products, which means that the dishes are in constant contact with the molecules of vegetable and animal fats. During the cooking process, splashes of oil fall on the outer surface of the cookware and are “welded” to it under the influence of high temperature.
Over time, there is an accumulation of burnt fat on the outside, and as a result, a fairly dense layer of dark brown color forms. These are called carbon deposits, which must be removed immediately since the fight against old deposits will be much longer and more difficult.
How to clean a ceramic frying pan at home?
It is easier to clean it from soot using a dishwasher, however, not every type of ceramic can be cleaned in this way, and not every housewife has the necessary equipment. For such cases, there are several effective ways to clean such a pan.
Removing minor stains on the ceramic coating.
If there is not much carbon deposit, it will not be difficult to clean it.
What to do if the pan is heavily soiled?
If a strong carbon deposit has formed on the surface of the dishes, it will take a little more effort to remove it at home. Here are the most effective ways:
- Fill a skillet with water and add some vinegar or citric acid. Bring the water to a boil over low heat, remove it from the burner, and set aside the cookware until it cools. Then remove the remaining grease and carbon deposits with a sponge, wash and dry the dishes.
- Wash and degrease the pan with dish soap. Then take a regular pencil eraser and wipe off the burnt grease. As a rule, most of the stains can be easily removed in this way, after which the pan is washed and wiped dry.
- If carbon deposits form only on the outside, you can use a melamine sponge and a means to remove grease from kitchen work surfaces. However, we must not forget that you can wash the pan in this way only from the outside, where the surface does not come into contact with food.
These methods will help you clean your dishes to a shiny finish without damaging the finish.
If there is a thick layer of carbon on the ceramic pan
Usually, the ceramic coating lends itself well to cleaning, but if there is too much dirt and the above methods did not help, you can use a solution of hydrochloric acid (15%).
- Moisten a small amount of a kitchen sponge with a sponge and wipe the outside of the pan evenly with it, avoiding acid on the handle and the inside of the pan. Wipe off any remaining grease and wash the pan several times with laundry soap or detergent.
Remember that hydrochloric acid is corrosive and be sure to wear rubber gloves when working.
To keep your dishes in perfect condition, carefully clean them of grease after each use. Remember that cleaning minor dirt at home is much easier.
More than dealing with old carbon deposits.
- After washing, carefully wipe the pan, drying the ceramic coating naturally is highly undesirable. Of course, water droplets are not capable of causing significant damage to the dishes, but it is better to avoid excessive exposure to moisture.
- Do not use baking soda to clean ceramic coated dishes. This substance is detrimental to ceramics and after its exposure, the coating will completely lose its non-stick properties.
By following these simple tips for maintaining your ceramic coated pan and basic carbon removal methods, you will be using your favorite utensils for a long time without spending money on new kitchen utensils.