Reactive Vs Non-Reactive Pan: Which one should you use

Reactive Vs Non-Reactive Pan: Which one should you use
Discover the real difference between non-reactive and reactive cookware!


Over the course of our cooking tenure, we come across the terms “reactive or nonreactive countless times.” When we buy cookware, all we want is a cooking vessel that conducts heat efficiently, doesn’t cause off-flavour or discoloration. However, what comes is the intricacy of these two technical terms that often alludes the understanding of a layman. Therefore, understanding which cookware is reactive and which is not will solve your multiple cooking quandaries. Read on to find more!
Cookware is primarily categorised based on metal that has been used to make it. To keep it simple, cookware with enamel coating is non-reactive. This includes stainless steel, green or ceramic and glass cookware. Aluminium, copper, and cast iron, however, are reactive.


Reactive cookware
Non-Reactive Cookware
Aluminium, iron, and any non-stainless steel are considered reactive cookware. These cookware are generally reactive with acidic as well as alkaline foods. Their surfaces release atoms of metal into food and render food an off taste along with discoloration. Thus, if you are cooking food with tomatoes or lemon juice in a reactive cookware, the food can develop a metallic flavour. Similarly, light hued food like eggs can get grey streaks. You might wonder, if this is the case, then why not simply ditch reactive cookware completely! Well, in some ways reactive cookware is irreplaceable.
Cast iron is considered reactive; however, extremely well-seasoned pans will not mar the food flavour, especially if you are not exposing the food for an extended period of time.
Non-reactive cookware is either made of stainless steel, glazed ceramic and glass. They neither interfere with the chemical structure of the food nor change its edibility or look. Further, cookware that has been coated with nonreactive coating, like the enamel in enamel-coated iron pots can also act like a non-reactive cookware.




1. Enamelled cookware is made by coating a reactive metal cookware with non-reactive enamel to give you a pan that heats more evenly, without reacting with acidic foods.

2. Aluminium is either anodized or coated with non-reactive nonstick coating. These substances create a barrier between the acidity of the food and the pan’s reactive nature.

3. Releasing much less atoms even if the foods are acidic.

4. Cast iron is reactive, however, quick cooking of acidic foods in a well-seasoned cast iron pan usually doesn't create any problem.



When to avoid Reactive Cookware

When you are cooking foods that are acidic in nature, such as tomatoes or any food items that contain lemon juice or vinegar, such foods should not be cooked in a reactive cookware. Similarly, if you're cooking or simmering something that requires a longer duration, then you should use non-reactive cookware because it will not affect the flavour and look of the food during the cooking process.



Explore our top Non Reactive cookware ranges here :




    Anzen     Enamelled Cast Iron



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