Because people have been making and using ceramic cookware from clay for thousands of years, they are known to be safe, durable, versatile, practical, stylish, and optimal as a cooking vessel. There are very few, if any, ways to improve upon ceramic dishes in the 21st century.
Ceramics are made by burning a nonmetallic mineral, like clay, at very high temperatures. You can get ceramic products of various textures for various purposes, depending on the nature of the clay that is fired in the kiln, and the glazes that are applied after the vessel is made. Some examples of the wide array of ceramic objects that can be made from this process include porcelain, earthenware, spark plugs, terra cotta, bone china, cement, the artificial teeth used in dentures, and brick.
Ceramics all begin with clay, composed of aluminum silicate and sand. White ceramics, such as china, begin with kaolin clay, or hydrated aluminosilicate. Red clay, like terra cotta pots, are made from, contains iron oxide. When these chemicals are heated above 1500°C, irreversible chemical reactions occur that create glass and other chemicals in the clay, and it is transformed into ceramic. Glaze can then be put on the ceramic, which is also heated to a high temperature. The glaze adds properties like making the vessel waterproof, as well as adding beautiful colors and patterns if desired.
Because ceramics are easy to cook with, economical, easy to clean, and attractive, it is found everywhere in the world, in all cultures.
Time Tested As Safe
Ceramics are one of the healthiest materials you can buy for use with your food. Unlike plastics, there are no chemicals that can leach into your foods (you need to buy food-safe ceramics because some decorative glazes are not meant for use with food or drink) so they’re considered as the healthiest material of all dishware. Ceramic dishes are non-porous and completely safe to use. Ceramics can’t absorb chemicals like plastics can, either.
Ceramic dinnerware is very durable: it’s heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant. Unlike glass, it can easily withstand very high temperatures without melting or shattering. It has resistance to salts, acids, alkalis, and carbon dioxide – chemical types that can leech into plastics over time and harm people.
Porcelain is fired in a kiln at very high temperatures, resulting in a superiorly durable, non-porous product. Porcelain looks incredibly delicate and beautiful but is very strong and durable. If you want to ensure that your next dinnerware is very durable, make sure you choose real porcelain. Before buying ceramic dinnerware in the future, make sure it contains porcelain.
Ceramic tableware can be found in every color of the rainbow, in millions of patterns, and in thousands of styles and sizes. The price range on dinnerware is just as broad as the selection available. Very affordable options can easily be found.
Great for Cooking
The thermodynamic qualities of ceramics are as such that they are very stable, and retain heat for extended periods. It can keep dishes warm for a long time on the table. You can rely upon them to cook evenly on a stove, in a microwave, or in an oven. However, not all ceramics are resistant to high heat. Prior to buying, make sure that you choose cookware that is heat friendly. Ceramic dishes are easy to clean, as they are non-stick by their nature. They are chemically inert, and they never corrode.
With so many reasons to choose ceramics, why not take a look at all of the amazing choices out there for your own kitchen? There is a style of ceramic dishware for everyone, with any taste. Even better, you can find ceramics that are made locally if you check your area for local potters. There is so much to love, it’s hard to stop once you start stocking your kitchen with colorful, versatile pieces of ceramics.