Hey, ceramic pan lovers, how are you? Today I'm talking about how to season a ceramic frying pan. The ceramic pan has a ceramic coated non-stick surface. When you buy a new pan, you need to season it before using. Also, you can season your old pan to keep the nonstick surface. Seasoning means applying a thin layer of oil to fill small pores on the ceramic surface coating and prevent food from sticking.
A properly seasoned nonstick ceramic fry pan surface can help reduce the need for any fats, so we're on board. Seasoning also helps to last long the nonstick surface. Read more, Best ceramic frying pans|Non-stick frying pan reviews.
Do I need to season a ceramic pan?
Generally, the ceramic pan doesn't require seasoning. But, some pan comes with the instruction/recommendation to season the ceramic pan before first use. Then, to re-season it every six months to revitalize ceramic non-stick surface.
Method 1: Season ceramic pan by stove top
Step 1: Pour 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil into the ceramic pan. Then, use your fingers or a paper towel to spread the oil over the entire ceramic surface. Spread the oil bottom and side of the pan.
Step 2: Place the pan on the stove. Then, turn on the stove into a medium heat temperature. Heat the ceramic pan until it begins to smoke. The heating process may take several minutes. While you heat the pan, you need to keep the temperature medium so that the oil heats is up slowly.
Step 3: Remove the pan from the stove. Put it a plain surface and let it be cool down to normal temperature. Do not attempt to cool the pan faster by placing it in a refrigerator. Suddenly a change in temperature can damage the ceramic surface.
Step 4: Wipe the oil from the pan by using a paper towel. Ensure that you wiped all the remaining oil and it looks clean. Now, you can see the surface of the pan little greasy after wiping. It is natural and should not be scrubbed out.
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Method 2: Seasoning ceramic non-stick pan by oven
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150° Celsius). You can preheat the oven as the low temperature at least 250° Fahrenheit (130° Celsius) or as the temperature less than 350° Fahrenheit ( 180° Celsius), but do not exceed this range.
Step 2: Pour 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil into the non-stick pan. Spread the oil by your fingers or paper towel. Make sure, spread the oil surface the pan, bottom, and sides.
You can use vegetable oil, vegetable shortening, canola oil, peanut oil, and grape seed oil on this step. Do not use butter or olive oil.
Step 3: Place the ceramic pan in the middle rack of the preheated oven. Leave the pan at least an hour. If you notice smoke coming from the pan surface before an hour, you can remove the pan early.
Step 4: Remove the pan from the oven and place it a plain surface out of the room temperature. Allow the pan to cool as well. The pan temperature will drop to the room temperature. The cooling process may take 15 minutes.
Step 5: Wipe off any excess oil from the ceramic pan with a clean paper towel. Clean the pan twice so that your pan will be cleaned properly.
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Method 3: Season a ceramic pan by sunlight
Step 1: Pour one to two tablespoon of vegetable oil into the ceramic pan. Spread the oil over the ceramic pan surface, bottom, sides by using your hand or paper towel. Make sure you spread the oil as a light coat over the pan surface. Avoid letting the oil to puddle up inside the ceramic pan.
Step 2: Place the pan in a brown paper shopping bag. Open the paper bag and at first, put the ceramic pan surface inside the bag. The handle can either be outside the bag or hidden inside the bag either option is acceptable.
The paper bag will protect the ceramic surface of the pan from the direct sunlight. It helps to get natural heat from the sunlight and catch any oil that drips off the pan.
Step 3: Find a sunny place and sit the pan in direct sunlight and for several days. Leave the pan three to five days in a sunny place. Touch the bag every day and check it warm or not. If the bag is not warm, the sunlight might not be strong enough at that place.
Step 4: Remove the bag from the sunlight. Open the bag and take out the pan. Clean the pan surface with a paper towel. Wipe any visible oil from the pan.
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Re-season the ceramic pan
You will need to re-season the pan every six months. You can use any of these methods to re-season your ceramic non-stick pan. Re-season your ceramic pan whenever food starts sticking to it regularly.
How do you season tramontina ceramic pans?
Before using your tramontina ceramic pan for the first time, hand washes it with warm, soapy water. Then, dry it properly. Season by lightly rubbing vegetable oil on the ceramic surface. After that, heating the pan over medium heat for two or five minutes. When smoking is coming from the pan, take out the pan from the heat source. Let it five minutes to cool the pan. Once the tramontina pan cools properly, use a clean paper towel to wipe the pan surface. Wipe it twice to clean the remaining oil from the pan.
Can you season a pan with olive oil?
When you get a ceramic coated non-stick frying pan before you cook in it, you begin the seasoning process. To season a non-stick ceramic pan needs some oil. Do not use olive oil to season a ceramic frying pan. It is less work for the seasoning process. Because olive oil has more fat that is a low smoking point.