Most people associate the phrase “non-stick coating in the pan” with Teflon. This is just one of the varieties and far from the best. When buying an egg pan, you should consider the different types of coatings used to determine which one will help you prepare the best meal out of it.
Why Is it Needed?
Non-stick coating is a conventional name for a group of materials used to apply to the inner, working part of the dishes, pans, saucepans, ladles, baking dishes, and baking trays.
Various compositions can be used with one common property – smoothness, due to which the pieces of food do not stick to the walls and bottom and do not begin to burn. The second task of the materials is to prevent direct contact of food with metal, which can impart an unpleasant metallic taste to the dish. The third is to protect the metal base from corrosion caused by frequent exposure to moisture.
Non-Stick Coating Types
Teflon is the commercial name (so to speak, “brand”) of one of the types of plastic – polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), owned by the American company DuPont. It was invented back in the 1930s and turned out to be so unique that it quickly found application in everyday life (it did not come to the kitchen in the first place), medicine, and even the space industry.
Teflon gained its popularity in tableware, thanks to the Tefal company. Even the incorrect expression “Tefal frying pan, “that is, a frying pan with a non-stick coating, has become established in Russia.
The ceramic coating is natural. It is an analog of the most common ceramics with its “trademark” glass glaze. It is more difficult to make and apply and much more durable than Teflon, so pans with a ceramic non-stick coating are always more expensive.
Granite or Marble Chips
Despite the “stone” appearance, cookware with such a coating, as in other cases, is made of aluminum. The very same protective layer is a composite material – fine marble or granite chips and a synthetic binder of the most common Teflon. From the latter, it takes all the main advantages and disadvantages with one exception: the presence of a natural, durable stone in the composition increases the strength of the coating and its resistance to mechanical stress. However, this does not mean that you can eat with a fork from a marble or granite frying pan.
Titanium itself is a very “useful” metal. It is incredibly durable, lightweight, resistant to temperature changes and corrosion, but very expensive. Therefore, titanium pans also have an aluminum base, and titanium is applied to them in a thin but durable spraying form. The most exciting thing is that there is no single standard for its application, so each manufacturer decides how the non-stick layer will look.