There’s no doubt that summer has some of the best recipes. The hot weather is just right for peak-season fruits and vegetables like berries, cherries, cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, plums, corn, squash, and tomatoes.
Not to mention the seafood and shrimp taste as if they jumped straight out of the ocean and onto your plate.
Whether you’re preparing to serve family and friends at a backyard cookout or whipping up a delicious seafood pasta dish for yourself, you want to ensure your ceramic non stick pans are well-suited for the job.
Pots and pans usually aren’t aesthetically pleasing. Hanging them on your walls or leaving them to sit on your stove can make your kitchen look cluttered and messy; you are probably tempted to store anything that you don’t regularly use in the farthest depths of your cabinet.
But what if cookware could be more than just tools for cooking? Your beautiful kitchen deserves cookware to match. Investing in a bright summer-colored cookware set could be just the pop that your kitchen needs.
When to Replace Pots and Pans
If you have been using your well-loved cookware set for over five years, it could be time for a replacement. If your cookware is non-stick, it may be prone to peeling. Furthermore, your sink can harbor some of the worst bacteria and germs.
If you tend to wash your dishes with the same soggy sponge or store them before they are fully dry, your pots and pans could be a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Gross.
Suppose you have decided that it’s time to replace your trusty old pots and pans; ensure that you’re not sacrificing quality for style. Your non-stick ceramic pans should be free of any chemicals and toxic materials that might peel and contaminate your food.
Look for a cookware set that is free of heavy metals and other materials like PTFE (also known as Teflon), PFOA, and PFAs, which can be toxic in your food.
Because these chemicals have such lengthy names, it’s easy for cookware companies to trick you into buying pans that are coated with chemicals you don’t recognize.
While Teflon is waterproof and helps reduce friction when cooking, it also contains a harmful chemical called C8. It can be toxic to humans when ingested and stays in the environment for long periods of time.
You may think it’s safe to use a pan with Teflon or PTFE as long as the paint isn’t chipping, but the truth is that a Teflon pan can release toxic chemicals into the air when exposed to high temperatures.
When choosing a new cookware set, make sure to find one that is oven-safe at extremely high temperatures. You can find non-stick ceramic pans that don’t contain a toxic coating. Stainless steel handles are also a plus.
Not all non-stick ceramic pans can be used on all types of stoves, so be sure you choose a set that is safe for induction, gas, or electric, depending on your stovetop type. This cookware set is safe for all three.
How to Store Cookware
Cookware can be one of the most challenging items to store in your kitchen. You can organize spices onto a rack and food into acrylic storage cases, but no matter how you rearrange your pots and pans, they’re still going to look cluttered in your cabinet.
Fortunately, you can find storage solutions, like hanging organizers that attach to the back of cabinet doors for lids or shelves to keep pots and pans from clanging together and scratching.
Cookware as Decor
If you have ever sought interior design advice for your kitchen, then you probably know that the best kitchens take advantage of space and color.
You want your kitchen to feel light and airy while you’re cooking, which means having cabinets and countertops with neutral and contrasting colors like white, black, tan, and brown.
Color can also liven up a kitchen, and cabinets in shades of green and blue are becoming increasingly popular.
If you choose one or two accent colors—anything from yellow, blue, and green to pink and red—you can use your cookware to complement your appliances and countertops.
Why hide your pots and pans away when you can put them on display as decor pieces? If you already have a lot of color in your kitchen—for instance, blue cabinets or walls—you may want to opt for more neutral cookware set in gray, white, or black.
But if you have a unique accent piece like red bar stools or green lights, you can choose pots and pans to match. If you don’t have an accent color in your kitchen, then feel free to choose any color ceramic non-stick pans you like and use them as inspiration. It’s all about color theory.
No matter what color cookware you choose, remember that pots and pans are about more than just cooking. They’re the centerpiece of your kitchen and have the potential to bring friends and family together for delicious food.