Marble cookware includes pots, pans, pizza stones and other cooking vessels that are coated with marble instead of chemical nonstick surfaces. This cookware has become popular in recent years with the rise of natural and organic cooking and the increased awareness of health risks associated with man-made nonstick coatings.
Benefits of Marble Cookware
Marble cookware is considered safer than nonstick cookware made from toxic chemicals. One study indicates that overheating nonstick surfaces can create noxious fumes that may have long-term health effects in humans.
Fans of marble cookware also extol its fast and even heating and natural nonstick properties that virtually eliminate the need for butter or oils.
Care of Marble Cookware
Marble cookware stains and scratches more easily than common nonstick surfaces. It's important to handwash marble in order to protect it from scratches and damage from abrasive dishwasher detergents. Prevent stains by handwashing immediately after use. Always use a soft sponge with a mildly abrasive side. Never use steel wool.
Where to Get Marble Cookware
There are many companies that specialize in marble cookware as well as cookware made from other natural stones. Many of the manufacturers are located in Asia, where marble-coated cookware has been popular for many years. However, North American and European manufacturers are also starting to offer marble cookware, which has increased its availability in non-Asian markets.
Marble cookware can be found at popular specialty cooking stores and even discount department stores. If you'd like a wider range of options, search online.
Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.