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How To Preserve Your Nonstick Cookware

How To Preserve Your Nonstick Cookware

One of the benefits of investing in nonstick ceramic coated cookware is that you do not need to season it like cast iron. It should be ready for use right out of the packaging. Unfortunately, many people become dissatisfied with their pots and pans as the nonstick quality degrades overtime.

Here are the best ways to make your nonstick ceramic coated cookware last longer:

  • A Little Oil Goes A Long Way: I know what you are thinking. “I bought a nonstick pan so I wouldn’t have to use oil!” But hear me out. Nonstick pans, no matter how good the technology, are still prone to wear and tear. Adding a little oil helps coat the nonstick surface, and improves the cooking process. Don't worry! Clean-up will still be a piece of cake.

  • Heat With Caution: The most common cause of nonstick degradation is due to overheating. This is especially true with aluminum products. Aluminum is an efficient cookware material because it has high heat conductivity. Thus, aluminum cookware heats up faster and more evenly than cookware made from other materials. On the flip side, this means you cannot leave your pan on a burner turned to high for an extended period of time. While the pan may not warp, you could be damaging the nonstick coating.

  • Wash After Every Use: This idea may seem simple, but there is a right and wrong way to clean a nonstick pan. First, you should clean after every use because you do not want food to build up on the cooking surface. If food gets burnt on, then you are no longer cooking on a nonstick surface, you are cooking on a burnt food surface. Second, do not use a hard abrasive to clean. This will create scratches and remove the nonstick surface. Lastly, while most products say dishwasher safe, it is always wiser to clean your pots and pans by hand washing with warm, soapy water.

  • For A Stuck On Mess: If you pull a kitchen-fail and burn food onto the pan, the best solution is to add boiling water. Adding boiling water lifts the burnt-on residue and allows you to clean the pan properly.

  • Store With Care: Always use towels or pan protectors when nesting your cookware. Your pans can get friendly, but they shouldn’t get intimate.

Following these instructions should increase the lifespan of your nonstick ceramic cookware. Of course, baking soda and vinegar cleaning tricks are welcome, but they shouldn’t be necessary. If treated correctly, your cookware can retain its nonstick properties for a long time.

What is PTFE/PFOA?

What is PTFE/PFOA?

The recent trends towards healthy living and environmentally-friendly consumerism have been spurred by the ever-evolving knowledge coming out of the food industry, chemical industry, and consumer product industry. Think about it the next time you see an organic, fairtrade, gluten-free, unprocessed, grass-fed, omega-3, wild caught scallop. What do these labels actually mean? Where did they come from?

The answer is probably not as simple as it seems.

Take, for example, the story behind Teflon, PFOA, and a certain chemical giant. The New York Times has an excellent piece if you are interested in learning more. Here is the summary:

  • PFOA is a chemical used to support the application of Teflon (for stain resistant, waterproof, and nonstick products)

  • The chemical industry has been aware of the dangers associated with PFOA for decades

  • They continued to dump PFOA into public waters despite this knowledge

  • An independent research team determined there is a link between PFOA and certain diseases (like thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and some forms of cancer)

  • Production of PFOA has stopped, but similar compounds are still in production

  • PFOA is now present all over the world

In truth, the story behind PFOA is probably not uncommon. The reason stories like these are so important is that they spark change. Maybe not in the way big companies do business, but in the way consumers shop for products.

The cookware industry has been associated with PTFE and PFOA for a long time. For many years, it was the only viable solution for creating a nonstick cooking surface. When you consider that nonstick cookware is the largest segment in the cookware industry in terms of retail sales, you can imagine how important it is to address public concerns.

Thus we arrive at our destination: ceramic coating. Recent innovations in ceramic coating have yielded high-quality nonstick performance without using PTFE or PFOA. For the first time, consumers have a choice when it comes to buying nonstick cookware. They can choose to protect themselves and the environment by investing in ceramic coating.

We encourage you to find out more about ceramic coating, and our patented Ecolon coating. For now, it is important to note that the absence of PTFE and PFOA is a factor to consider when buying cookware products. Cookware is the medium that takes food and turns it into a meal. It is often used on a daily basis. Do not risk your health, or the health of your loved ones. Take a good look at the label, and always look for  “no PTFE/PFOA”.

  • Greg Gamarra
What is Ecolon Ceramic Nonstick Coating?

What is Ecolon Ceramic Nonstick Coating?

Do you wake up in the middle of the night sweating and shaking over the thought of scrubbing burnt-on residue off of your pots and pans? It is the most basic human fear… probably. Everybody loves to eat. Some of us love to cook. Nobody loves to clean.

It is a tale as old as time itself. You know the story. Tribal man gathers around a campfire to share in a meal. Surrounded by friends and family, stories are shared while delicious food warms the belly and the heart. However, there is one problem. This story always leaves out what comes next. The clean-up! Someone has to wash those dishes in time for tomorrow’s feast.

Enter the hero… nonstick ceramic coating!

Our cave dwelling ancestors only wish they had Ecolon coating back in the day. Lucky for you, generations of chemical science have culminated into this patented, eco-friendly, scratch resistant, colorful, awesome, gift to mankind. Decades from now society will look back upon this revolutionary moment in cookware science and exclaim, “Modernity did not begin with the advent of agriculture, the birth of atomic energy, or the dawn of the computer. No! Modern man can trace his beginnings back to the moment he first fried an egg without butter and could easily remove it from his frying pan!”

Ecolon is a unique nonstick ceramic coating. It provides reliable nonstick performance without the risks associated with PTFE and PFOA. Here at Neoflam, we are excited to bring health-conscious products into your home. You can feel safe and secure in knowing your cookware is coated with all-natural materials.

Many people have been turned off by previous iterations of nonstick cookware. Common complaints over longevity, nonstick degradation, and toxicity have been addressed with the advent of Ecolon ceramic coating. Today, nonstick ceramic cookware has proven to be extremely durable. It can last a lifetime given proper use and care.

  • Greg Gamarra
What is the Future of Cookware? Color!

What is the Future of Cookware? Color!

Fashion statements aren’t reserved for NYC catwalks and Millennial urbanites. Everyday we make a statement with the cars we drive, clothes we wear, and foods we eat. Whether it is for fashion, health, or utility, these statements define our lives and lifestyle. The home is no exception.

If you have ever watched one of those home remodeling shows on TV (of course you have), you know the biggest impact is often made by changing the things inside the home - not the home itself. During those eye-watering moments when the mom raises her hand to her mouth in utter disbelief, she is not thinking about the concrete foundation or plumbing. She is absorbing the design. The unique wall-piece crafted from vintage bottle caps, the repurposed stools that have been downsized to end tables, and the freshly painted kitchen cabinets are what brings tears to her eyes.

With home design, people often think about the big ticket items. The average kitchen remodel costs anywhere between $18,000 and $54,000, according to Popular Mechanics. Between the time, money, and stress, it is a wonder anyone ever commits to a remodel. So, if you can’t liven up your home with a major makeover, what other options do you have?

Good design is in the details. Instead of thinking big... think small. If you can’t replace your stove, replace your frying pans. If you can’t replace your countertop, replace your cutting boards. If you can’t replace your dinner table, replace your serving vessels. Replacing the things you interact with on a daily basis will have the greatest impact.

Trends To Look Out For

Color is back! The modern kitchen is full of shiny metallics, neutral cabinets, and stone finishes. Why do we limit ourselves to a tiny slice of the color spectrum? We eat with our eyes! We want our meals and recipes to be full of color. Why not our cookware? Luckily, a revolution is underway with nonstick ceramic coatings. These new, eco-friendly materials give manufacturers more flexibility in terms of color and application. Translation: black, metallic, and cream are not your only options. You can use a pink heart-shaped frying pan for loveable eggs in the morning, and a deep red one-pot cooking vessel for easy dinners at night. Your cookware will look so good you can even use it for serving!

  • Greg Gamarra
What is Cast Aluminum Cookware?

What is Cast Aluminum Cookware?

There is a new flame in the cookware industry. It is leading the way in lightweight, durable, and colorful design. Since opening in 2008, Neoflam has quickly reached the pinnacle of cookware manufacturing thanks to the reliability of cast aluminum products.

For you cookware aficionados, cast iron is a material you are probably familiar with. However, you should be aware of cast aluminum. It is growing in popularity due to its many positive features.

  • Affordability: High-end stainless steel prices are often too steep for the average household. Cast aluminum offers many of the same qualities without the huge price tag.

  • Durability: Many aluminum cookware products are stamped during the manufacturing process. This means they are prone to defects, and warping when heated, which leads to uneven cooking and an unusable pan.

  • Design: The casting process allows for unique designs. Anything the design team can make into a mold can be cast into a beautiful product for your kitchen.

  • Coatings: The knock on cast aluminum used to be the associated coatings. For many years, nonstick pans contained harmful substances like PTFE and PFOA. Today, all-natural ceramic coatings provide a safe and long-lasting alternative.

  • Colors: Cast aluminum products are a great way to add color to your kitchen. Say goodbye to the same old black, grey, and white finishes. Neoflam offers a wide assortment of colors to fit your personal style.

Many people are concerned over the longevity of cast aluminum. They envision a cast iron piece of cookware being passed down like a family heirloom, and are diswayed by stories of aluminum warping and nonstick coating degrading. Luckily, Neoflam has solved this issue by combining an innovative casting process with a high-quality ceramic coating.

Casting expands the lifespan of the cookware when compared to the conventional stamping process. It allows manufacturers to create thicker, more durable bodies, which helps pots and pans stand up to the heat. When you combine these stronger frames with ceramic coating, the cookware becomes heirloom quality ⎻⎻ something your family will enjoy for years.

  • Greg Gamarra