Why Ceramic Cookware?
Today, many individuals and families are becoming much more health conscious. Part of this awareness includes not only the foods we eat but how we prepare our meals. And thankfully, this now extends to the cookware we can use.
Read on to find out why.
In many households, a nonstick pan is an essential tool. Teflon pans, once synonymous with nonstick, have become increasingly concerning. Now the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hundreds of scientists around the world, chefs, and cooks recognize Teflon as toxic.
I write in some detail about this, including some highlights from The Madrid Statement, in the blog, Ceramic vs. Teflon Pans: Are They Safe and Why Does It Matter?
The decision to change from toxic to non-toxic cookware is a perfect example of the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
- 1 Why Ceramic Cookware?
- 2 Is Tramontina Ceramic Cookware Safe?
- 3 Is Tramontina Ceramic Cookware Made in the USA?
- 4 Key Features to Enhance Your Cooking Pleasure
- 5 What Customers Are Saying About Tramontina Ceramic Cookware
- 6 The Heart of the Matter
Is Tramontina Ceramic Cookware Safe?
The manufacturer states that all of their ceramic cookware (including the Tramontina 80110/525DS Gourmet Ceramica Deluxe Cookware 10 piece Set) has the following features and benefits:
- has a smooth ceramic interior which is free of PFOA, PFTE, lead, and cadmium
- made of cold forged, heavy-gauge aluminum
- has a metallic black porcelain enamel exterior
- is durable and easy-to-clean
- is oven-safe up to 350 F
- works well whether you are cooking with gas, electric, ceramic or glass cooktops
Is Tramontina Ceramic Cookware Made in the USA?
Tramontina began in 1911. Today the company remains committed to the same quality. And it serves those looking for a made in the USA product. Because their cookware is: “Made in Italy, proudly assembled and packaged in the USA and offered under a Lifetime Warranty.”
Key Features to Enhance Your Cooking Pleasure
- This is a great choice for seasoned and beginning cooks alike. The featured 10 piece set includes:
- 8″ fry pan, with matching lid
- 10″ fry pan, with matching lid
- 11″ deep skillet, with matching lid
- 1.5 Qt saucepan, with matching lid
- 3 Qt saucepan, with matching lid
- 5 Qt Dutch oven, with matching lid
- Soft-Grip Cast Stainless Steel Handles – ergonomically designed and riveted cast stainless steel handles with soft-grip silicone accents ensure comfort. This is a great feature for handling the lids without the need of a hot pad.
- Heat and shatter resistant tempered glass lids let you peek inside and see how it’s looking.
- The pots and pans are dishwasher and oven-safe up to 350 Degree Fahrenheit. Despite this, we still highly recommend washing each piece by hand.
What Customers Are Saying About Tramontina Ceramic Cookware
Amid scores of customer reviews, certain common themes and observations emerged:
Seasoning your Ceramic Pans
It is important and worth the time to properly season your ceramic cookware before using them. First, you hand-wash each piece with warm, soapy water then thoroughly dry. Next, you season, by lightly rubbing cooking oil onto the interior cooking surface. Then warm the cookware over medium heat for two to three minutes. When cool, hand-wash again in warm, soapy water, rinse and dry. You’ll be happier and your cookware will be, too. It will reward you by lasting longer and performing better.
Use the Proper Utensils
Only use silicone utensils with ceramic pots and pans. Avoid using metal utensils. Some manufacturers say wooden utensils are safe to us. Still, many customers said certain hardwoods scratched their ceramic. So our recommendation is to avoid them.
Cooking Low and Slow
Always cook on the recommended low to medium heat. You’ll find that moderate temperatures are all you’ll need because of the even and efficient distribution of heat. This will give you an opportunity to shift into a more relaxed, enjoyable pace.
Durable and Easy to Clean
Tramontina ceramic cookware has a noticeably thicker ceramic coating, which makes them more durable. They’re also easy to clean – although it is important for you to let them completely cool before washing or submerging them in water. Follow Tramontina’s few general care guidelines to ensure the kind of happy user experience every good cook values.
Quality at Different Price Points
Tramontina offers different price points, ranging from less expensive to professional grade quality. Many repeat customers over the years keep coming back because of the quality. Others choose Tramontina because, in addition to having quality cookware, they are one of the few companies with products that are not made in China.
A Worthwhile Investment
Tramontina is a worthwhile and lasting investment, despite being a bit more expensive. Some customers said they were ready to give up on ceramic cookware after disappointing results, and then they discovered Tramontina Deluxe pots and pans. Now, instead of giving up on ceramic cookware they love their new, quality choice. And they feel great about the peace of mind they have using safe ceramic cookware. You can have that same peace of mind, too.
The Heart of the Matter
After reading about and comparing a wide array of available ceramic cookware options, a few things became clear. There are certainly compelling reasons for using non-toxic cookware, and ceramic cookware in particular.
The heart of the matter is that we live in a toxic world. While we can’t control everything we’re exposed to, it’s important to make healthier choices whenever and wherever we can. If you are committed to taking your health to the next level, non-toxic ceramic cookware is a great next step.
Our favorite choice is the Tramontina 80110/525DS Gourmet Ceramica Deluxe Cookware 10 piece Set. It gives you all of the basic pieces you’ll need as well as a couple of extras, whatever your cooking style.
As my Mom used to say, “You get what you pay for.” When it comes to non-toxic cookware, this time-tested adage rings true. Some lesser quality brands tend to dent more easily and don’t hold up as well.
Look at some of Tramontina’s lower-priced or individual ceramic pans, if this set is not in your budget.
You can build your collection as you go while having the same assurance that comes with using high quality, non-toxic cookware. If you’d like to start with a more affordable, good quality set, you might like Bialetti Aeturnum.
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