Ceramic is the newest, hottest trend in cookware and WearEver is leading the pack.
To say I’ve given my WearEver Pure Living ceramic cookie sheet a workout is putting it mildly. Normally, I bake on good-quality baking sheets I buy at restaurant supply stores and I’ve used them so much they’re nearly black. But I had the opportunity to try out another of WearEver’s ceramic cookware offerings with their 11X 17.75 inch ceramic baking sheet and, to put it mildly, I’m impressed.
My WearEver Pure Living Ceramic cookie sheet arrived just before the Christmas holidays when I do a ton of baking and candy making for friends and family. Since we had previously tested and really liked WearEver’s 10’ ceramic fry pan, I was game to check out their ceramic baking sheet. (See our review.)
The Pure Living Ceramic cookware comes with a ceramic coating over an aluminum core that’s scratch resistant and dishwasher safe. Unlike other non-stick coatings like Teflon, the Pure Living coating is free of lead, cadmium, and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). These chemicals have been shown to be unhealthful and harmful to the environment.
Like Teflon and other non-stick surfaces, you need to use wood, plastic, or silicone utensils and, if you use a scrubber to clean, a plastic style or gentle-scrub sponge. You’ll also need to keep this pan from rubbing up against other metal pans to prevent it from chipping.
The cookie sheet is beefy, constructed so that it prevents warping. It’s broiler and oven safe to 450 degrees F. and, perhaps most impressive, it’s guaranteed for a lifetime. Who these days guarantees anything for a lifetime, especially something that gets constant use like a baking pan? WearEver that’s who.
Fast Heat, Quick Relase, Easy Clean
Of course, the proof is in the testing and this WearEver baking sheet passed with flying colors. One of the candies I make every holiday season is peanut brittle. The recipe calls for liberally buttering a baking sheet before pouring the scalding liquid onto it. Even then, with regular baking sheets, the candy can be difficult to remove from the pan. Not with WearEver’s Pure Living ceramic baking sheet. The ceramic coating provided such quick release I could literally lift the entire batch of brittle off the sheet.
Then we tried baking a sticky rustic apple tart. This is a recipe we’ve baked in the realfoodtraveler.com kitchens before and, while it’s delicious, the apple often leaks juice and causes the tart to stick to the baking pan. However, this wasn’t the case with the Pure Living sheet. The tart leaked slightly, but it lifted effortlessly off the pan’s surface. Also, we’d previously had problems with the tart bottom becoming overly brown, but with the WearEver Pure Living ceramic cookie sheet, the crust came out a perfect golden color.
Since the holiday season, I’ve used my WearEver Pure Living Ceramic baking sheet for a number of other dishes, including baking cookies and roasting vegetables at high heat with olive oil. Each time the results are the same— quick heat up, no warping, and no fuss release.
Clean up is equally easy with WearEver’s Pure Living ceramic baking sheet. While the pan is dishwasher safe, I’ve found no need to put it in the dishwasher because clean-up is a snap. A quick schwoosh and rinse with a gentle scrubber and voila, the pan is clean.
Real Bottom Line: Technology has provided a great alternative to non-stick surfaces made with harmful chemicals and ceramic is the new leader in non-stick. It provides even, consistent heating, quick release even with the stickiest foods, and fast and easy clean up. With WearEver’s life time guarantee, the Pure Living ceramic baking sheet is a terrific choice and may soon replace many of my heavy duty (and very black) baking sheets. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor