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Porcelain: The Most Best Bakeware Material

Vonnie Williams|Apr 06, 2021

When cooking, many different things can impact the outcome of your dish. First, you have the quality of your ingredients, and how they are prepared and handled. Next, you have the size of your cooking or baking pan. You won’t use a 14” frying pan to fry one egg or an 8” frying pan to cook a tomahawk steak. And lastly, you have the material. What is your sheet pan or cooking vessel made of? Is it a Non Stick Pan or a Carbon Steel Pan? One would be a whole lot better for searing a steak (the carbon steel pan), while the pan with a non stick coating would be excellent for omelettes and delicate fish.

The conversation around which materials are best includes everything from cookware to knives to bakeware sets. There are many different types of non stick bakeware, and some are definitely superior to others. The main types of bakeware and

baking dishes

we will take a look at in this blog post are glass pans, ceramic pans, and porcelain pans. We will examine each material’s pros and cons to help you figure out which is the best bakeware material. Let’s dive in. 

Heating Properties

Bakeware that heats evenly will deliver the perfect crust and browning of your food. When it comes to cooking proteins, it is best to deliver heat to your food in an even nature so that no parts of your food will cook faster than others. Being thermal-shock resistant is also very important and uncommon in some metal pan products, like aluminum bakeware. You don't want a nonstick bakeware set that will crack or damage when exposed to a significant change in temperature. Out of porcelain, ceramic, and glass bakeware, glass is the worst conductor of heat and worst at handling thermal shock, while porcelain is the best conductor heat and best at handle thermal shock. Additionally, glass is the most fragile of the three, while porcelain is the strongest.

Design & Appearance

The look of your bakeware is also important, as bakeware can, and should double as a serving piece. Glass bakeware is see-through, which offers a unique position as you can see how your food is baking inside the dish. However, it isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing to bring to your dining table. Ceramic bakeware is usually colored white or is another solid color like blue, yellow, or red. Porcelain bakeware can only be one color, and it is a bright white. This is the best way to tell the difference between porcelain and ceramic baking pans. If there is a design on porcelain bakeware or colored-rims, it’s added after the porcelain bakeware has already been crafted to perfection.

Microwave and Dishwasher Safe

Bakeware that is microwave and dishwasher safe is the most versatile. If your bakeware is microwave safe, you can save leftovers in the baking dish itself, and then when you’re ready to serve them the next day, you can just place your baking dish in the microwave, and voilà. And with dishwasher safe bakeware, there is one less dish you need to worry about at the end of the night. But should you choose to wash by hand, your bakeware should feature an enameled surface, which is naturally nonstick. Glass pans, ceramic pans, and porcelain pans are all microwave and dishwasher safe, yet ceramic and porcelain bakeware feature enameled surfaces, which makes cleaning them by hand almost effortless.

What Pans Do Professional Bakers Use?

Bakeware is not commonly found in restaurants since it would be too expensive to make large pieces that are economical for restaurants. However, at Made In, we pride ourselves on making kitchenware with world-renowned chefs as development advisors and testers. We only make tools that chefs would feel comfortable using either in their restaurants or home kitchens. That is why we chose to have our Inaugural Bakeware Collection consist of porcelain. It is the highest-quality and best-performing material on the market, and with the help and guidance of chef Nancy Silverton, we have designed it to perfection.

What is the safest cookware for your health?

All bakeware is equally safe and perfectly okay for your health. However, bakeware that is entirely non-porous is best, as this results in extreme food safety due to the non-porous surface, resulting in a reduction in pores throughout the piece. Porcelain Bakeware is non-porous, creating the perfect nonstick surface to bake all your food in.

Which is better for baking glass or porcelain?

Although many people compare the differences between

stoneware vs porcelain

, there is a clear and obvious answer when it comes to determining whether glass or porcelain is better for baking. Porcelain is the best bakeware material on the market, hands down.

Pieces within a porcelain baking pan set can withstand temperatures much higher than dishes within a glass baking pan set. Porcelain is oven safe up to 650F, while glass dishes within a baking set are only safe up to 425F, which is similar to calphalon nonstick bakeware. Because of these temperatures, porcelain is safe for your broiler, meaning you can achieve that perfect browning on your food, while with glass bakeware, you cannot use the broiler setting.

Thermal shock resistance is also a significant attribute that sets porcelain bakeware apart from glass baking dishes. Porcelain is freezer safe, and refrigerator safe, and does not need to come to room temperature before being put in the oven. This is essential for reheating leftovers in the oven or preparing food ahead of time when hosting dinner parties. Since a glass baking dish is way more fragile than porcelain, it cannot handle the same thermal shock. In fact, it can’t take any thermal shock. Glass baking dishes or glass pie dishes should be at room temperature before being place in an oven or freezer.

While most bakeware should be measured by how it performs, it would be naive to look past its appearance. Bakeware should double as a serving piece, so design and aesthetics are essential components to consider when deciding which material is best for you. Bringing a French-made porcelain baking dish to your table will stand out and shine, rather than a glass baking dish, which allows you to see all components of the dish.

Choosing the best bakeware

In the end, having bakeware that can stand up to any task is a must. There are various materials, whether it’s ceramic, glass, or porcelain. And the best of these materials is clearly porcelain. It is the strongest, most classic-looking, and has all the high-performing attributes you need. If you find yourself looking to upgrade your bakeware collection, or your simply a new buyer, check out our line of French-made Porcelain Bakeware.

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