Are you in the process of moving, renting a vacation home, or traveling abroad? Knowing how to pack those pots and pans you simply can’t cook without is a valuable skill worth mastering because no aspiring cook wants to leave favorite pots and pans behind. Ceramic cookware has become the preferred choice of home and professional cooks that value versatility. There are many benefits of cooking with ceramic, making it no surprise why it is tough for culinary enthusiasts to leave this safe and eco-friendly cookware at home. No matter where you are headed, traveling with ceramic pots and pans is simple and straightforward if you follow these tips and recommendations.
Traveling with Ceramic Pots and Pans
Most kinds of cookware are vulnerable to breaking, chipping, and scratching at some point. Ceramic-based cooking surfaces are extraordinarily durable because they are formed in high-pressure casting molds and triple-fired at 2,500 degrees for added strength. Moreover, ceramic does not require any polishing or seasoning down the road. However, knowing how to correctly pack your ceramic cookware can make a difference when you finally arrive at your destination.
What Makes Ceramic Safe for Traveling?
Xtrema’s pure ceramic cookware is made of a special ceramic formula that contains various inorganic materials. Every piece of cookware we produce is inspected multiple times throughout the manufacturing process to ensure that it exceeds all standards for craftsmanship and quality. Pure ceramic cookware is also able to withstand extreme temperature changes and will not break as the result of thermal shock.
Traveling with Ceramic Cookware: When traveling by air, it is important that you double-check all guidelines pertaining to cookware and possibly prohibited items. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines, pots and pans are generally allowed in both carry-on and checked bags. However, some skillets are prohibited in carry-on bags and must be placed in checked baggage. We recommend packing your pots and pans as carefully as possible in your carry-on luggage, padding each one individually to keep them from scratching or scuffing.
If you can’t imagine a week without your ceramic pots and pans while you stay at an Airbnb or vacation rental, don’t be afraid to bring them along on your getaway. You may have limited space to work within your temporary kitchen, so be sure to bring only the essentials. It takes a while to get to know your ceramic cookware on a different cooking surface than you are used to. Whether the vacation rental has a gas or electric stovetop, start with low heat and go slow for several minutes before adding any ingredients. Once your cookware reaches the proper temperature, reduce the heat to a lower setting, because ceramic retains heat longer than most other materials. Simply pop your ceramic pots and pans into the dishwasher or wash them by hand with warm, soapy water after every delicious meal.
Moving with Ceramic Cookware: Ceramic pots and pans are generally easy to move because they are durable, but with a wide variety of ceramic pot and pan sizes or shapes to pack, they can start to take up a lot of space. Regardless of whether you are moving across town or across the country, this step-by-step guide can help you tackle this project.
- Make sure you have all the necessary materials. Ceramic pots and pans are best packed in medium, cube-shaped boxes or dish boxes. You will also need packing tape, packing paper or newsprint, and a writing utensil.
- Start by putting your moving boxes together with tape. You may want to double tape the bottom of the box, because it will quickly become heavy after loading it with ceramic pots and pans.
- Once the moving boxes are taped and secured, line the bottom of the box with bubble wrap, crumpled newspaper, or packaging peanuts to cushion and protect the cookware upon impact. Wrapping your pots and pans will also reduce the risk of damaging other items stored within the same box.
- Pack similar items together or pots and pans that can be nested inside each other to conserve space. Lids can also be wrapped together as long as you pad them individually.
- Once your boxes are completely packed, don’t forget to label them with which room they belong in, the contents within, and any special notes for unpacking them in the new kitchen. Label the top and on one side of the box so your notes are visible even when the box is stacked.
Cookware comes as a steep investment for most home cooks, making it all the more important to pack pots and pans correctly when moving or traveling. Traveling with ceramic pots and pans can be painless, and we hope this article inspires you to preserve your passion for cooking no matter where the journey takes you.