Ceramic cookware is used in the kitchen on a daily basis and during one neglected moment everything will be spilled, and it makes harder to clean ceramic cookware. Even the best of ceramic cookware needs cleaning and extra care. If something is burnt in the pot it does not even make it look bad but is also home to a lot of germs and bacteria. Anyone working in the kitchen has been through this situation, and companies which make this cookware have warned against the usage of hard sponges and scrubby materials. This makes the situation even harder for homemakers to clean ceramic utensils.However, before the advancement of soap and detergent industry people used to wash cookware with a few old school methods and these were quite successful. A few of these methods are mentioned below to clean the sensitive cookware without ruining it:
Using Baking Soda
Baking soda has been working like magic for yellowish teeth, stinking refrigerators, and many other purposes. Baking soda has been used for as many as 150+ years for its qualities like working through the grease and making teeth white. Baking soda usage can’t be harmful to the cookware even if it is used in more than given amount. However, two tablespoons would be enough for cleaning a pot. Baking soda wash for the pot will work miraculously on the burnt food and grease.
How to do it?
Take the pot that needs cleaning, put some cold water in the pot and a few tablespoons of baking soda. Keep stirring it with a wooden spatula, and baking soda will start foaming up so better be careful. Remove it from the stove after a few minutes, let it cool. When the water is cooled down, throw the water away and wash the pot with usual dish washing powder, soap or detergent. Wash the pot with warm water and dry it with a towel. Your pot will be as good as new. This mixture will help for some of the hardest stains like burnt foods, meat, sugar, etc.
Using Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can be used for larger pots or cast iron which is covered with porcelain. Hydrogen peroxide must always be used fresh 3% because hydrogen peroxide loses its strength when kept for a longer period of time without using it. Using hydrogen peroxide is a cheaper method for cleanliness, and it only works when it makes small bubbles if hydrogen peroxide is not making bubble it means it’s not fresh and is ineffective.
How to do it?
To clean the burnt pot put an ounce on the desired spot and let it bubble. When it starts bubbling, pour water into the pot and put it aside. Heat is not required; however, soft brush like old toothbrush can be used. Use of hard brushes like floor brush, dish washing brush is not advisable. It can also be used for the cleaning cutting board specifically wooden cutting boards.
Using Enzymes to Clean Cookware
Enzymes mainly digest the food, so it is clearly a good method to use enzymes for digesting burnt food on our pots.
How to do it?
It is the simplest method, bring enzymes bottle and spray it in the pot where burnt food is located. Wait a few minutes and then wash the pot with usual dishwasher, rinse with and dry it with a towel and Voila.
Using Concentrated Vinegar, Baking soda and simple water
Concentrated vinegar, baking soda, and simple water is the easiest remedy for the cast iron pots with a ceramic interior.
How to do it?
Put some water, 1/4th cup of concentrated white vinegar and 2 teaspoons of baking soda in the desired pot and let the mixture boil. After that put it aside and let it cool, then discard the mixture and wash the pot with usual dish washing detergent. Rinse the pot with clear water and dry it.
A Few Important Tips to Use and Clean Ceramic Cookware
- The most important thing to know about cleaning the ceramic material is not to use the scrubby material, brushes or anything that scrape the surface. Scraping the pot with a sponge or spatula will remove the non-stick layer of the pot. Non-stick is preferred for that very reason of the protective layer, and if that non-stick layer is removed with the coarse material it will be non-effective.
- To keep the pot or pan for a longer use one should always wash the pot with his/her hands and not in the dishwasher.
- An important aspect for the ceramic cookware to last longer is how you store the cookware. If the cookware is not stored safely somewhere, it will get scratched up and will open the areas where the food can get in and burnt. Hence, keeping the cookware in a safe place is also necessary for its long life and efficiency.
- Usage of different types of cooking oils also affects the effectiveness of ceramic cookware. There are few oils which burnt at low temperatures hence, increasing the risk for the food to be burnt on the pot and affecting the pots’ life. It has been suggested by the expert not to use oil sprays because they left the greasy residue making it hard to clean the pot. Extra virgin olive oil is suggested to be sticky, and higher temperature can cause it to be burnt and spoiling the pot.
- A few food items like Pasta or rice are the products which got imprinted on the ceramic cookware and cannot be removed easily. These contain carbohydrates which are sticky and leave imprints on the pot and are not easy to remove. A few things mentioned above can be tried to remove these stains. However, if the stains do not go away you’ll have to use the pot as it is.
- Unlike the common belief, stains are stains, and it does not matter that pot got burnt by gas, electricity or any other way burnt food will affect the pot anyway.
- The most important of all these methods is to read the instructions given by the maker of cookware to keep the cookware and dos and don’ts according to the manufacturer. Following those instructions will give long life to your cookware and will also make your life easier.
Follow the above mentioned methods and tips to clean ceramic cookware and also increase their usage life period.