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What To Consider When Choosing Between Ceramic And Teflon Pans
Two of the most popular cookware options on the market are ceramic-coated pots and pans and Teflon-coated versions, and while both of these options are nonstick for easier cooking, they do have differences. "Teflon" is merely a brand name for polytetrafluoroethylene, a polymer that creates a non-stick coating for pans.
Meanwhile, ceramic cookware is not made from clay, like ceramic bowls or vases, but consists of aluminum coated in a non-stick silicone gel. In terms of durability, ceramic cookware (except for the highest-quality products) lasts for a short time, since the silicone coating creates a rough, uneven cooking surface that wears down quicker.
Teflon might last a bit longer than ceramics, but both options have a longevity of 3 to 5 years. A bigger difference is that Teflon pieces are usually less pricey, but some cooks are concerned about the chemicals in Teflon, so they might opt for ceramic cookware, which is harder to find, but doesn't carry as many chemicals in its coating.
Neither Teflon or ceramics should be used over high heat or with metal utensils, which can damage nonstick coatings and cause chemicals or aluminum to leach into food. Your choice depends on your budget and personal concerns, but these limitations might make you consider a third option, such as cast iron or stainless steel.