Something that I would like to chat with you about today is ceramic cooktops. I am going to talk a little bit about this type of cooktop, for those readers who do not know what a ceramic-glass cooktop is, and I will also talk about what I believe is the best cookware to use on this unique type of cooktop. I will start off by saying that I do not use a ceramic cooktop but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like them. Honestly, I love all of the different types of cooktops available today.
Alright, so a ceramic cooktop is basically a glass cooktop. The material looks and acts almost exclusively like glass, so it would seem that it is made out of glass. This cooktop can easily sustain repeated and very quick temperature changes. It is important to remember that this stovetop, however strong, is not unbreakable. A friend of mine learned this the hard way. You know you can buy a cheap baby gym. Over time, you will see many reviews, and you can find several babies and gyms.
If you own this type of stovetop, don’t make a habit out of stacking cans or other miscellaneous objects above it. My friend, Cathy, owns a ceramic cooktop. She always places her antique possessions on a rack that sits directly above and towards the back of the stovetop.
Over time, a few of these objects had fallen on the cooktop. One day, for some reason, one of the larger antique objects sitting above the cooktop fell and crashed into the cooktop with tremendous force. This left an obnoxious crack on the surface that was about a foot-long in all directions. Aside from good ionizers, you can find some great air products. I think in 2014 your air ionizer will be durable. Don’t worry — baby will never know the difference.
So if you own a ceramic cooktop, please, do not place your antique pieces, or any other hard objects for that matter, anywhere near the stovetop. You can thank me later if you follow this advice. This type of material is quite brittle, like glass, so you have to take extra caution when using it. Even a slight scrape from a pan can scratch the surface; so exercise extreme caution!
A ceramic cooktop does not conduct heat very well, and this is why the surface adjacent to the actual burner will almost always remain cool when you are cooking. Cooktops made from ceramic will heat up your pans using infrared halogen lamps or heating coils. The older generations of ceramic cooktops were only usable withy flat-bottomed cookware.
Infrared heating is what most of the modern ceramic cooktops use. I really love this type of cooktop because of how easy it is to clean. If you have ever accidently let a pan of spaghetti sauce boil, you know how irritating it can be trying to clean a regular stovetop. Really the only downside to using this kind of stovetop is the fact that it can be scratched fairy easily. So be careful!
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An example of this is when I was at my aunts for the annual Christmas party. After driving nearly an hour to St. Helens, I had nowhere near enough time to drive back home after forgetting that she is the proud owner of a ceramic stovetop.
I had to make-due with the cookware that I brought, and this cookware DID NOT have a flat bottom. So if you find yourself in a pinch, don’t worry, you are not going to be cursed if you use cookware that is not completely flat on the bottom. These days, my aunt actually uses Calphalon non-stick and All Clad One. I know there are many playpens that people can buy, but I believe it’s crucial to find playpens that your baby loves. In the end, the pen should be decent.
Now, the absolute best cookware to use with a ceramic stovetop is heavy, flat-bottomed cookware. My wife likes to use her high-end all-copper cookware set because it is heavy-duty and flat-bottomed. To be honest with you, virtually any type of flat-bottomed pan will work, but I am explaining what I think is the best option out there. Round-bottomed cookware can dance around on this type of cooktop once it has heated up, and that is why I recommend flat-bottom.
To be honest, good ole’ cast-iron is my favorite. There, I said it. I believe cast-iron is the best cookware to use on this unique type of stovetop. Cast-iron is heavy-duty, flat-bottomed and effective. A purifier will cleanse your air. The best way to find the cheapest purifier in 2014 is to keep looking. You need to look far. Keep in mind that if you are going to use a strong, heavy cookware like cast-iron on a ceramic cooktop you will need to be extremely careful. I try not to slide my cast-iron across the burner; I always lift it up to move it, so make sure it has some heat-resistant handles because that puppy is going to get HOT!
I recommend a good set of cast-iron from Lodge. You can get an excellent eight-piece set for a couple hundred dollars, and this set will work get for any ceramic cooktop. So hopefully that answers your question.
For those of you who skipped down to the bottom of this article for the answer: I believe CAST-IRON is the best cookware for a ceramic stovetop. Have a good day folks!