There is an awakening on matters concerning dinnerware materials. People have become aware that dinnerware materials could contain leaching toxic content which is harmful to the body.
This is why you will find questions about dinnerware materials like “is porcelain safe?’’
Porcelain is made from kaolin and china clay. These two ingredients are heat stable which gives it its unique structure, porcelain in its raw design is nontoxic so wouldn’t leach chemicals into your food. However, be mindful of porcelain with decorative glaze.
IS PORCELAIN OVEN, MICROWAVE, AND DISHWASHER SAFE?
Since Porcelain is resistant to thermal shock which is a sudden change in temperature that can lead to breakage or change in the composition of an object and since Porcelain has superior insulation, these features make Porcelain Oven Safe, Microwave Safe, and Dishwasher Safe.
However, there are exceptions to the rule, if a dinnerware set has borders made of metal accent whether gold, silver, platinum then it should be hand washed NOT used in the Dishwasher.
The general rule is to consult the user or manufacturer concerning washing your Porcelain dinnerware sets.
IS PORCELAIN SAFE?
To carefully answer the question; Is Porcelain safe? Emphatically Yes! Porcelain dinnerware sets are considered safe because Porcelain is made up of non-toxic materials like kaolin clay, feldspar, silica, and quartz giving Porcelain a glass-like substance(translucency) making them non-absorbent, non-porous to hot and cold food, and other harmful chemicals from leaching into your body.
We recommend Porcelain dinnerware SAFE for restaurant and formal use!
IS THRESHOLD PORCELAIN OVEN SAFE?
Threshold porcelain dinnerware can handle heat over 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit; this doesn’t mean it should be used in an oven.
However, some porcelain dinnerware is designed for oven use. To be sure if threshold porcelain is oven safe, you will have to follow the manufacturer’s instruction which is at the bottom of the porcelain dinnerware.
One known fact about threshold porcelain is that they are dishwasher and microwave safe and above all threshold porcelain is a healthy choice for meal preparation, especially the threshold porcelain appetizer plate which is cadmium-free, Antimony-free, mercury-free, and lead-free.
PORCELAIN OVEN SAFE TEMPERATURE
First of all, Porcelain is in the family of CERAMIC. Other Ceramic materials include; Earthenware, Stoneware, and Terracotta. Each of these dinnerware ceramic materials has different compositions and features.
We recommend Porcelain dinnerware sets for oven-safe temperature use be between 325 degrees Fahrenheit and 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
For example, the Foraineam Oval Porcelain ramekins have an oven-safe temperature of about 400 degrees Fahrenheit, they are also NON-TOXIC, LEAD, AND CADMIUM FREE!
The Au Gratin Oval Porcelain White Bakeware is made from the highest grade of A Porcelain which is LEAD AND CADMIUM FREE, can also withstand the highest oven-safe temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lastly, the Porcelain Bakeware Rectangular Casserole dish is made up of durable, high-temperature stoneware that is oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Finally, the Porcelain Ceramic dinnerware material blocks moisture absorption, prevents cracking, crazing, rippling. It is also odor-free, resists flaking and chipping.
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IS PORCELAIN SAFE TO DRINK FROM?
To know if porcelain is safe to drink from, first, you must know its make-up material.
Porcelain is made of kaolin and china clay and is heat-stable, this unique property of the porcelain makes it safe as it wouldn’t leach chemicals in your drink, food, or water.
However there are porcelain glasses that are glazed or painted with harmful chemicals, that being said, for safe drinking you should stick to a clear porcelain drinking glass without any glaze.
IS PORCELAIN ENAMEL SAFE?
Porcelain enamel is safe for use because enamel material comes from natural products like Iron, quartz, clay, and feldspar. Secondly, porcelain is safe for use as the glass surface which is heated to 450 degrees Celsius inhibits bacteria growth, is non-porous, preserves the flavors of ingredients, aroma, and is odor neutral.
Porcelain Enamel cookware sets are also dishwasher safe but advised to use the gentle cycle, microwave safe, oven safe, and perfect for all types of cooktops like a stove, gas, and induction cooktop. Etc.
Hand wash is recommended for Porcelain Enamel cookware!
Some examples of the best Porcelain Enamel safe cookware and bakeware are;
IS PORCELAIN LEAD-FREE?
In our world today, it is kind of difficult to find a product without a trace of toxicity. This is why some porcelain dinnerware could contain lead because it’s been glazed with other content material.
With the numerous porcelain dinnerware and drinking glass available, it is easy to get overwhelmed. There are many suggestions that clear glass porcelain is a much better choice for lead-free dinnerware, however, the overall best still remains to get a device that will help detect levels of leachable lead that is toxic if it leaches into food.
DOES PORCELAIN DINNERWARE GET HOT IN THE MICROWAVE?
Porcelain might get a little hot in the Microwave but Porcelain is safe to go into the microwave if they have NO metallic decorations and have the microwave symbol.
Porcelain is a ceramic material traditionally made from two essential ingredients: Kaolin also known as China clay, a silicate material that gives porcelain its plasticity, structure; and petunse which lends the ceramic its translucency and hardness.
BEST NON-TOXIC DINNERWARE 2020
It is possible to end up confused with the numerous dinnerware brand that exists today. What exactly makes dinnerware to be considered non-toxic? What qualities and features must the dinnerware set possess so you can rest assured of your money, health and safety?
I know by experience it’s not financially wise to be changing your dinnerware sets yearly because of poor choices and half-baked reviews.
These are the qualities we recommend for any dinnerware set to have before they are considered to be the best and safe dinnerware set;
- A good dinnerware set must be durable and sturdy
- A good dinnerware set must be free from harmful chemicals
- A good dinnerware set must be chip-resistant and scratch resistant
- A good dinnerware set must be Dishwasher safe, Microwave safe and Freezer safe.
- A good dinnerware set must be versatile and can serve various occasions.
- A good dinnerware set must be Lightweight, stackable, break-resistant and BPA free.
- A good dinnerware set must have free Lead glaze or lead and cadmium free composition healthy dinnerware material during production.
Below are the two best-recommended dinnerware sets that are suitable for daily use and will meet your budget any time and day;
BEST CORELLE NON- TOXIC DINNER PLATES, 8-PIECE, WINTER FROST WHITE
One of the best non-toxic dinnerware set for 2020 is the Corelle dinnerware set.
One of the reasons is that the Corelle dinnerware set is a premium/classic American Made healthy dinnerware set that meets all the criteria above for the best non-toxic dinnerware sets.
As you are aware, Corelle dinnerware sets are easy to handle, lightweight, non-porous, and ultra-hygienic.
The triple-layer strong glass associated with Corelle plates and bowls gives them the ability to resist chips and cracks.
If your kitchen is small, Corelle is easily stackable giving you more room for other kitchen appliances.
Corelle is very versatile, Lead and cadmium free especially the White frost Corelle tableware.
Finally, they are durable, dishwasher, microwave safe, and preheated oven-safe!
MORA NON-TOXIC CERAMIC DINNER PLATES
I doubt if you have heard of the Mora Ceramic dinner plates Microwave safe dishes that won’t get hot when used in the Microwave.
Customers consider the Mora Ceramic dinner plate’s one of the best non-toxic Dinnerware sets for 2020.
Though not as popular as other dinnerware set brands, the Mora Ceramic Microwave safe dish emerged out of extensive research by a Chemical Engineer and Ceramic expert.
Mora Ceramic plates and bowls contain the right amount of Paladin clay material that is 20% stronger than other ceramic products.
In order to find out the durability of the Mora Ceramic plates, it is good to note here that the Mora Microwave plates and bowls are fired at ceramic firing temperature 1500 degrees F, which is much higher than the temperature your standard oven uses, any cooking temperature is safe for the plates.
Apart from the white frost Corelle being lead-free and non-toxic, the Mora Ceramic plates and bowls offer lead-free glazes so you don’t need to worry about lead leaching into your food and making you sick.
Furthermore, the Mora Ceramics plates and bowls are made up of crystallized glossy glaze that is very strong to resist scratches under 1000 grams of pressure.
They are also easily stackable, freezer safe, oven safe, dishwasher safe, and perfect for daily use.
IS RACHAEL RAY PORCELAIN COOKWARE OVEN SAFE?
Yes, Rachael Ray Porcelain cookware sets are Oven safe because, during the process of manufacturing, Porcelain is fired at a temperature as high as 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit and this results in Porcelain being thermal shock resistant and insulation superior making them safe for use in the Oven.
Most Rachael Ray Porcelain Cookware sets are oven-safe from 350 degrees Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Examples of Rachael Ray Porcelain Oven safe cookware are;
IS RACHAEL RAY PORCELAIN COOKWARE DISHWASHER SAFE?
Yes, the Rachael Ray Porcelain cookware set is Dishwasher Safe because of its non-permeable surface but it is highly recommended you adhere to hand wash.
IS PORCELAIN CERAMIC MICROWAVE SAFE?
Yes! Porcelain ceramic is Microwave safe! I have mentioned above that Porcelain is a sub-family of the Parent family which is Ceramic. Porcelain is made from natural materials and has the ability to withstand thermal shock, has superior insulation that is why they are microwave safe!
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IS VILLEROY AND BOCH PORCELAIN OVEN SAFE?
First, Villeroy and Boch Porcelain dinnerware sets are made in Germany. Villeroy and Boch Porcelain dinnerware sets are made from high-quality ceramic materials that are resistant to scratch, impact, shock, easy to clean, microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe up to 200 degrees Celsius.
Furthermore, Villeroy and Boch Porcelain dinnerware sets are durable, resistant to everyday household acids, heat, and cold. With Villeroy and Boch dinner sets, your hygiene and safety are assured!
IS CORELLE TOXIC?
Corelle dinnerware sets are NOT toxic because Corelle is made up of Vitrelle, tempered glass consisting of 2 layers of glass laminated into 3 layers making Corelle non-porous, ultra-hygienic, Lead-free, Cadmium-free, and suitable for daily use!
Micro-organisms can’t stick to Corelle dinnerware sets, Bacteria safety assured!
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IS TRAMONTINA PORCELAIN ENAMEL OVEN SAFE?
Tramontina Porcelain Enamel is oven safe up to 350°F / 176°C. Apart from being oven safe, Tramontina Porcelain Enamel cookware is also dishwasher safe and compatible with gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops.
Tramontina Porcelain Enamel Ceramic cookware features a durable enamel exterior, PFOA-PTFE, Lead, and cadmium-free interiors which provides simple healthy cooking and effortless cleaning.
IS APILO PORCELAIN OVEN SAFE?
Yes! Apilo porcelain is very oven-safe. It can go from the oven, microwave, or refrigerator direct to the table. Apilo porcelain is oven safe because is fired at a higher temperature than customary, resulting in hard, durable products that resist chipping and cracking.
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IS FELDSPAR PORCELAIN OVEN SAFE?
No! Feldspar porcelain is not oven-safe, but it is dishwasher and microwave safe. When dinnerware is made of Feldspar porcelain, it is impact-resistant and durable.
PORCELAIN VS STONEWARE CLAY
Stoneware clay is fired at an extremely high temperature at about 1180 – 1280 degrees Celsius (2156 – 2336) degrees Fahrenheit. While Porcelain is a ceramic material made up of heating materials like Kaolin and in a kiln to a temperature between 1,200 and 1,400 degrees Celsius (2,200 and 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit).
The extremely high temperature attached to the stoneware clay makes it into a Vitreous substance; having a shiny surface and non-porous vitreous solution making it a “glazed pottery”.
While Porcelain was first created in China, it is made from a two firing process; feldspar and Kaolin. Presently, Porcelain is composed of the raw materials; Kaolin, Feldspar, Quartz, and Clay.
Stoneware clay tends to be very heavy and thick-bodied. Stoneware clay can be used as storage vessels because of the property of their bodies. While Porcelain has a high level of mechanical resistance, high density, and low porosity which has greatly affected the durability, beauty, and soft touch of the Porcelain dinnerware.
Stoneware clay was developed in Germany and England. Stoneware clays are mostly seen used for making jugs and other household appliances.
Porcelain pottery is known for three distinct qualities; hardness, whiteness, and translucency.
The outward design for the Stoneware clay undergoes what we call salt glazing; formed by throwing salt into the kiln during firing. While the inner design of the Stoneware clay is made up of a mixture of clay, water, and a pigment used also for decorating earthenware.
Porcelain can be divided into 3 main parts; bone china, hard paste, and soft paste. The manufacturing process of Porcelain is more demanding than Earthenware and Stoneware. Porcelain is also called china or fine china.
Although salt glazing is a method used in manufacturing, Stoneware clay is dangerous, it has now been replaced with another process called Bristol Glaze. Bristol Glaze is a feldspathic glaze slip using zinc oxide which requires only a single firing.
The Properties contained or associated with Porcelain include elasticity and low permeability. It also includes strength, hardness, whiteness, resonance, translucency, and very high resistance to thermal shock and chemical attack.
Finally, most Stoneware clay vessels were mostly curvy and round in shape but in the 19th century, the shapes of most Stoneware clay became more cylindrical.
STONEWARE VS PORCELAIN
Porcelain dinnerware is resistant to thermal shock which is a sudden change in temperature that can lead to breakage or change in the composition of an Object while Stoneware dinnerware should not be subjected to a sudden or extreme change in temperature because of thermal shock.
The body of Stoneware is thicker and more opaque than finer materials like Porcelain and china.
Stoneware has vitreous material added to it to make it sturdier and duskier than Porcelain or Bone china.
Both Porcelain and Stoneware dinnerware are ideal for everyday use especially the good quality because they are multi-functional dinner sets, easy to use and maintain.
Although both Stoneware and Porcelain are safe for the oven, microwave, freezer, dishwasher use, it is always best to confirm from the product specification or instruction.