Stoneware is a one of the few materials from where our dishes, kitchen dinnerware are made of. They make for unique plates. The others are porcelain and bone china. Stoneware is undoubtedly perhaps, the cheaper option among all other types of material. It is made up of clay, flint and stone and thus, the textures of each pieces becomes a unique one. Addition of coarse salt can give the stoneware a smooth appearance as it is seen on porcelain. Stoneware generally goes under single fire shot and is appreciated for its cheap price and durability.
Advantages of stoneware:
Price: stoneware is perhaps the cheapest option available out there. Hence stoneware is used in day to day life. Since it is cheap, even if it does break, it wouldn’t cost too much on your wallet to buy a new one unlike bone china where breakage can lead to a big chunk of money out of the pocket.
Durability: stoneware is very sturdy in nature. Generally stoneware is gone though single fired but if double fired then they become more and more sturdy. Excluding the cheap price, it is the durability which makes the stoneware a perfect option for day to day life. Even if a cup or a pot falls from your hand, more of a chance is, it will survive the fall. Which is why, stoneware makes it perfect for day to day use.
Non reactive: stoneware is non reactive when we cook. In case of metalwares, when they do get heated, some metal particles do get mixed with the food which is harmful for health. If one is using metalware for a longer period of time, then the amount of metal that goes in each meal, though it is negligible for each meal, ultimately all piles up to make a significant chunk and may pose threat to our health which can end up disrupting various functions on our body. Since stoneware are non reactive, foods are free from that, and you can eat healthier food without any metal particles in it.
Even cooking: in stoneware, the heat spreads out evenly and makes it perfect for cooking. In metalwares, the heat is concentrated on the portion of the pan that is on the fire or close to it. Hence, while the rest of the foods may get undercooked, the food above those portions may get burnt. For light, thin material metalwares, it is even more apparent. Because heat can spread out in stoneware, you don’t face this problem. The food is evenly cooked and you don’t need to eat undercooked or overcooked foods.
Energy saving: stoneware also promotes energy saving. Stoneware can retain the heat for a longer period of time. Hence, you don’t need to cool for that long while using stoneware. Let’s say, while cooking dishes, you can just take the pan off when it was about to fully cooked. Since it retains the heat for a long period, the foods in there will still be warm and by the time you will eat, they will be fully cooked. Not to mention, you even of you will eat after a while, in stoneware you don’t need to warm it up again.