With the recent introduction of ceramic kitchenware by Nestle, we’ve had a lot of questions about whether to go with an old ceramic dish or a new one.
The answer is yes, both are fantastic, but one can get the better deal on the new ceramic, especially if you want a stainless steel version, says Martha Miller, founder and editor of the kitchenware magazine The Dish.
“It’s always a good idea to choose something with a ceramic coating, as that’s the most durable,” she says.
And it’s not only ceramic that’s safe.
“Ceramic is also very water resistant, which is why you’re going to want a ceramic dish that’s dishwasher safe, and that’s a good thing,” says Miller.
She says a stainless steamer is a great choice for an oven.
But if you’re looking for a kitchenware that can withstand even a small microwave, you can find a ceramic kitchen appliance in a variety of sizes.
“If you’re just looking for the right size, the ceramic is the best option,” Miller says.
But, if you have a bigger kitchen, you might consider the ceramic dish instead.
“You’re going be able to see more through the glass and the bowl and you can see the difference between the two,” Miller explains.
“For a dishwasher, you’ll see the same amount of food, but you’ll also see a slightly less crispy texture.”
A few caveats about using ceramic pots and pans: They’re made of stainless steel, and they may be more prone to scratching, and some ceramic pots are more porous than others.
They also tend to have a different color from the stainless steel.
So, if your dishwasher’s not up to scratch, or if you don’t have a ceramic pot, you should definitely consider buying a ceramic one.
They’re also easier to clean.
If you want to use a ceramic cooking pot, a stainless one is the way to go, but a ceramic bowl is easier to wash and sanitize.
The best thing to do when you’re deciding between ceramic and stainless is to look at it from both sides, Miller says, and make the decision based on how it’s used and how it looks.
“There’s always going to be an advantage in one over the other, and you want both,” she advises.
“In the end, you have to pick what you’re comfortable with.”