We could write a book about non-stick coatings but it would be really boring son we will try to summarize a little bit. There are many manufacturers, coatings and qualities, but so as not to make this too long, here we will only talk about the most common ones.
The old one – popularly known as Teflon- is PTFE. It has had some bad press recently, but don’t believe everything you read because it is not always true. Despite trues and lies about non-stick cookware, what have made PTFE been the most used non-stick coating are its non-stick properties, the best ones to date. Some cooking traditions and stiles don’t require the best non-stick properties, but in Castey country, where cooking Spanish omelettes is a tradition and Mediterranean healthy cooking is a way of life, having a non-stick frying pan is a must, which makes other non-stick coatings very difficult to success.
Anyway, PTFE bad press has paved the way to other coatings proliferation. Ceramic has been the noisiest one lately. It became very popular and trendy few years ago as a supposedly ecological alternative to PTFE. Its main selling point -apart from being supposedly ecological- is it’s very scratch resistant –you can even use scouring pads to wash it!- and also resistant to very high temperatures. It can also have more different colour finishes than PTFE. But not all that glitters is gold. Non-stick properties start degrading soon, especially if you cook at very high temperatures, which in Castey country means the Spanish Omelette is going to get stick on the surface of the pan very soon.
Which one should I choose?
Well. It depends. If you are a trendy colour fan, love washing with scourers and have no intention to cook omelettes in your pan, ceramic could be the best option. The true is high quality range non-stick properties of ceramic coatings is quite good if you take good care of it.
Anyway, generally speaking, we recommend you to choose the old PTFE one to be on the safe side. But be careful, there are many different qualities. The problem is that, unless we are non-stick manufacturers, we won’t be able to distinguish good coatings from bad coatings until we use them, so if you want to ensure it’s going to have the best performance, you would need to choose a good pan from a brand you trust in and take good care of non-stick coating if you want it to last. Look at the price, material and brand. Remember stamped cheap pans usually come with low range non-stick coatings and die cast pans usually come with the highest quality ones. Don’t take risks and request limited lifetime warranty covering manufacturing defects.
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