A Good Quality Pot is a Benefit to Cooking
As an experienced cook, I can tell you that there are many characteristics of a good saute or sauce pan. It should:
- not react with your food or impart harmful chemicals
- be responsive, meaning it heats up quickly on heat and cools down quickly when the heat is reduced
- distribute heat evenly so that food cooks at the same rate throughout the pan
- be flat on the bottom and not warp over time
- have sturdy handles and lids that fit tightly to keep in moisture
- be easy to clean
- be beautiful and make you feel good when you cook with it
When reviewing all of these factors, a relatively new type of cookware stands out: ceramic cookware.
- 1 A Good Quality Pot is a Benefit to Cooking
- 2 Bialetti Ceramic Cookware
- 3 Is Ceramic Cookware Healthy?
- 3.1 PFOA and PFTE Free
- 3.2 Ceramic cookware does not leach metal into foods as many other pans do.
- 3.3 Bialetti Aeternam ceramic cookware is responsive.
- 3.4 It is non-stick.
- 3.5 It’s great for healthy cooking.
- 3.6 It is easy to clean.
- 3.7 It won’t smell of last night’s dinner.
- 3.8 Bialetti Aeternum is beautiful.
- 4 How to Use Bialetti Ceramic Cookware
- 5 Bialetti Aeternum 10 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
- 6 Is Bialetti Aeternum the best cookware?
Bialetti Ceramic Cookware
One maker of quality ceramic cookware is Bialetti. You may know them from their Moka Express coffee-maker, which they have been producing since 1933. The company is now known for functional, stylish designs in cookware, such as the pasta pot which made Oprah’s list of indispensable kitchen items. Bialetti offers 2 types of ceramic pans, Aeternum and Ceramic Pro for use on electric, gas, ceramic and glass stovetops. This article will discuss Aeternum and how it measures up.
Is Ceramic Cookware Healthy?
PFOA and PFTE Free
Ceramic cookware usually has a hard ceramic coating bonded over aluminum. Other non-stick cookware release chemicals into the food and environment. Two of these chemicals are PFOA, Perfluorooctanoic acid and PFTE. Polytetrafluoroethylene. PFOA, also known as C8 or Perfluorooctanoate can stay in the human body and environment for a very long time. Studies have found it both in drinking water and household dust. We also get exposure to PFOA through stain resistant fabric and carpeting and certain waxes. PFTE is particular to hard plastic coatings, such as Teflon.
Ceramic cookware is among the healthiest type of pots and pans you can own. It is safe, toxin-free and environmentally friendly. All ceramic cookware is PFOA and PFTE free.
They are also free of lead and cadmium, as there are standards that all cookware sold in the US must meet regarding those elements.
Ceramic cookware does not leach metal into foods as many other pans do.
- Copper: Although it conducts heat very well and is extremely beautiful, copper is highly reactive to certain foods, particularly acidic ones.
- Cast iron: This metal is known to heat up slowly and retain heat well (good for some applications, but not very responsive.) It is very heavy. Cooking food in cast iron is often recommended for those who are iron deficient due to the fact that it imparts iron into acidic foods like tomato sauce. Enamel coating keeps the benefits of cast iron without the leaching, but aging enamel is prone to chipping.
- Aluminum: This is a great heat conductor and very responsive. It is also lightweight and easy to handle. Without coating, aluminum reacts with most foods, including acidic foods like piccata, sulfurous foods such as egg dishes, and alkaline foods like broccoli.
- Anodizing is an electrochemical process that coats the surface with a layer of oxidation. This creates an environmentally friendly, durable, long lasting, very hard, abrasion resistant finish that does not peel or chip and lasts indefinitely. Anodized aluminum provides even heat and is twice as hard as stainless steel. It is nonreactive. But, uncoated, it is not non-stick.
- Stainless steel: Although stainless is non-reactive and a very hard surface, thin stainless pans conduct heat poorly, cook unevenly and often warp.
When you cook with ceramic, you can be assured that you are serving your family meals that are free of harmful chemicals and metals.
Bialetti Aeternam ceramic cookware is responsive.
Bialetti Aeternum is constructed of pristine white ceramic on the inside, aluminum interior for even heating with a bright red high-temperature silicone base. Aluminum is one of the best metals because it heats up quickly, distributes heat evenly over the bottom of the pan and cools down rapidly when taken off the heat. No matter what you are cooking, you won’t experience hot spots at the bottom of your pan.
It is non-stick.
This hard, smooth coating creates a slick surface that sticks to very few foods. Your eggs will slide right out of the pan.
It’s great for healthy cooking.
If you want to reduce fat and oil in your meals, you can use much less when cooking with Bialetti ceramic cookware. The nonstick surface requires little oil for cooking, though the manufacturer recommends seasoning the cookware. Many customers report that their fried chicken is crispy and juicy with very little oil. Tight-fitting lids keep moisture in the food.
It is easy to clean.
The nonstick surface is also very easy to clean. Food particles and oils wipe away in a snap.
It won’t smell of last night’s dinner.
Customers report that their ceramic cookware does not retain the odors of food. There is nothing worse than pulling a pan out of the cupboard only to smell last night’s roast beef.
Bialetti Aeternum is beautiful.
The crisp red exterior of the cookware adds a touch of fun to your decor. The white interior makes cooking enjoyable and you can see what is in the pan. This makes de-glazing or cleaning a breeze. The handles are soft touch, heat resistant silicone and the glass lids with colored vents look great and are very functional. You can see everything that is going on inside the pan during cooking.
Can it go into the dishwasher?
Do not put your ceramic cookware into the dishwasher. Dishwasher detergents are somewhat caustic and abrasive and may scratch the nonstick surface. In addition, water force sometimes causes dishes to bump up against each other. The nonstick surface is easily cleaned with hand washing and you will get much more life from your pan if you do it this way.
Can it go into the oven?
You cannot use Bialetti Aeternum in either the oven or under the broiler. Generally, you should cook at medium to low heats with these pans. You also cannot use on an induction stove, due to the need for magnetic interaction. At 3.3 mm in thickness, this pan is thick enough not to warp, so the bottoms will stay flat when used and cared for properly.
What kind of utensils should I use?
The best utensils to use on ceramic pans are silicon or rubber. Although the manufacturer recommends not using metal, there are many reports of wooden utensils scratching the pans, as well.
This moderately priced set includes 8″ & 10.25″ Sauté pans, 2qt & 2.5qt saucepans with clear vented lids, 5qt Dutch Oven, and an 11″ deep sauté with lid. It also has a 5-year warranty. This is a great set for any kitchen on a budget.
Is Bialetti Aeternum the best cookware?
The Bialetti Aeternum ceramic cookware is eco-friendly, safe and a healthier way to cook. After reading scores of reviews, it is clear that there are many more satisfied customers than not. My sense of the reviews is that customers who were not satisfied used the pans at too high of heat or used wooden utensils.
Most people want a healthier version of non-stick than their mother’s had. They want a beautiful piece that is highly functional, comfortable to use and easy to clean up. The Bialetti is strong on all of these marks.
If you are looking for a moderately priced ceramic pot and pan set, are careful with your cookware or don’t mind possibly having to replace it in 5 years, then this is the set for you. If you can afford a higher end set, then we recommend you look at Tramontina Ceramic Cookware.
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