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Using Cast Iron Cookware on a Ceramic Cooktop

Nov 7th, 2010 | Category: Cookware

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Another good question was asked over at thekitchn.com

"Can I Use a Cast Iron Pan on a Ceramic Range?"

I do not use a ceramic cooktop but I cannot imagine it would be a problem to use cast iron on a ceramic range. There are suggestions on HOW to use it and these are listed below. Basically don't slide it around. For some chefs, that may hamper your cooking style.

“Sliding aluminum or copper clad bottom pans on the cooktop can cause metal markings on the cooktop surface. These marks should be removed immediately after the cooktop has cooled using the cooktop cleaning cream. Metal marks can become permanent if not removed prior to future use.

Cookware (cast iron, metal, ceramic or glass) with rough bottoms can mark or scratch the cooktop surface. Do not slide anything metal or glass across the cooktop. Do not use your cooktop as a cutting board or work surface in the kitchen. Do not cook foods directly on the cooktop surface without a pan. Do not drop heavy or hard objects on the glass cooktop, they may cause it to crack."

Here is some other very sensible advice for using your ceramic stovetop:

  • Always use proper pan size for the cooking area you are using...to determine proper pan size, it would be the size of the pan compared to the size of the cooking area, always try to match the pan as close as possible to the size of the burner.
  • Never operate the cooking areas without having a pan on them.
  • Never allow a pan or pot to boil dry.

Other advice has to do with cleaning, this is mostly common sense stuff.

Do not use the following on the ceramic glass cooktop:

  • Do not use abrasive cleaners and scouring pads, such as metal and some nylon pads. They may scratch the cooktop, making it more difficult to clean.
  • Do not use harsh cleaners, such as chlorine bleach, ammonia or oven cleaners, as they may etch or discolor the cooktop.
  • Do not use dirty sponges, cloths or paper towels, as they can leave soil or lint on the cooktop which can burn and cause discoloration.

Honestly I can't imagine cooking anywhere else but over gas flames.  Yes I guess that is a personal preference but it just feels right to me.  No one likes cleaning a stove-top but to sacrifice gas flames to easy cleaning is not for me.

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