An Expert Guide to Caraway Cookware

Published on 06/19/2023 · 7 min readElevate your cooking experience with our Expert guide to Caraway Cookware. Discover durability, non-toxicity, and stylish design for your kitchen
Alex Alcarraz, Kitchen Expert
By Kitchen Expert Alex Alcarraz

Photo courtesy of Caraway

tl;dr There are a large number of options when it comes to nonstick cookware. If you can think of a popular cookware brand, you can more than likely discover several styles of nonstick cookware it offers. With increasing awareness of potential toxic materials found in everyday nonstick pans, more individuals are realizing that their choice in cookware is the same as making a health decision for their homes and families. Caraway Cookware uses a non-toxic ceramic coating in all of its cookware to provide a safe and healthy cooking experience.

As a professional chef, I use stainless steel more often than not. But there are moments when a nonstick pan is crucial. And Caraway is definitely an at-home brand—their design is very minimal and beautiful. I prefer Caraway cookware for making dishes that are on the delicate side because they need that nonstick surface. Eggs are a given, and fish are also very compatible with Caraway. Further, Caraway’s nonstick cookware can withstand higher temperatures than conventional non-stick pans, which helps create a crisper skin without damaging the pan. I enjoy being able to provide constructive answers to all cooking-related questions to our Curated customers, so feel free to reach out!

Who Is Caraway Cookware?

Photo courtesy of Caraway

Caraway founder and CEO Jordan Nathan has a large background in launching home and kitchen products. In 2018, he noticed a gap in the market for approachable nonstick cookware. He was already interested in the idea of creating his own brand that At the time, a lot of nonstick options contained traces of PTFE (teflon)—which had sparked a lot of controversy when it comes to healthy cooking and eating—as overheated teflon can release unhealthy fumes.

Nathan embarked on a research journey and found that, for nonstick cookware, the least toxic option was a ceramic coating. At the time, the number of ceramic-coated cookware options in the market was small and not particularly attractive—being a small market to begin with. All of these factors lead Nathan to create Caraway, a beautiful, high-quality product that is non-toxic and easy to use. Caraway launched in 2019, and quickly became a popular go-to brand for nonstick cookware.

What to Consider When Buying Caraway Cookware

What Is Caraway Cookware Made Of?

Caraway pots and pans feature a thicker core than average nonstick pans. This allows for more even heat distribution and retention. Further, the inside of the pan is coated with a proprietary mineral nonstick-coating free of any toxic chemicals. The outside features a colorful and vibrant enamel coating that is high-heat resistant. The stainless steel handles are hollow in order to keep them cool while cooking on a stovetop. And while a lot of ceramic cookware in the market is not compatible with induction stove tops, Caraway adds a steel plate to the bottom of their cookware in order to make it possible to use on all cooking tops—including induction.

How Much Does Caraway Cookware Typically Cost?

Caraway’s sleek design and non-toxic qualities do not come at a budget price. Their bundle cookware set is priced at around $400. Though the quality that these pans display matches the price quite well.

Cookware is often seen as a category that needs replacement every so often. However, professionally speaking, cookware is an investment that one can use for more than a couple of seasons. If you do want a Caraway piece of cookware without buying the full set, you can choose to try out an individual pan to get a better feel of the brand. The prices for their saucepan and frying pans start at $85 individually.

What Are the Pros of Caraway Cookware?

  • Cleaning Up: Easy and quick thanks to its nonstick surface.
  • Health & Safety: Caraway is made of 100% non-toxic coatings and materials.
  • Design: A contemporary, minimalistic design gives the pans a great display on countertops or makes them conveniently able to be put away in a cabinet with the help of its included storage device.
  • Versatility: The entire body of the cookware is able to safely transfer from stove top to oven, including the lids.
  • Color: There are several colors available in order to match the aesthetics of any kitchen.

What Are the Cons of Caraway Cookware?

  • Care: Although clean-up is easy and effortless, it is important to be careful when using Caraway. Non-metal utensils must be used to prevent damaging the cooking surfaces. Using wood and silicone utensils is ideal.
  • Price: Caraway is priced higher than an entry-level set because it offers more than just entry-level cooking features.
  • Minimalist Approach: The minimalist design and number of pieces is very contemporary and attractive. However, this may not be the best alternative for shoppers who are looking for more pieces of cookware within a set.

What Are the Different Types of Caraway Products?

Caraway has a minimalistic approach to their products. There aren't countless individual pieces to fumble through when cooking. Let's take a look at what exactly they offer.

7-Piece Non-Stick Bundle Set

This is the only set that Caraway offers. It includes a frying pan, a Dutch oven with a lid, a saucepan with a lid, and a sauté pan with a lid. The frying pan shares its lid with the Dutch oven.

A nice addition to the full bundled set is the storage accessories included: a magnetic four-pan rack as well as a canvas lid holder to keep your cookware nicely organized in a cabinet or beautifully displayed on your kitchen counter.

Let’s take a look at each of the seven pieces included in this set:

  • 6.5qt Dutch Oven with Lid
    • Ideal Uses: Stocks, soups, hot water for pasta, and braises
    • Not Great For: Sauteing and breakfast dishes
  • 10.5" Fry Pan:
    • Ideal Uses: Sauteing vegetables, cooking proteins, one pot meals, stir-frys, and breakfast dishes
    • Not Great For: Soups, stocks, hot water for pasta, and braises.
  • 4.5qt Sauté Pan with Lid:
    • Ideal Uses: Sauteing vegetables, cooking proteins, one-pot meals, stir-frys, and breakfast dishes
    • Not Great For: Soups, stocks, hot water for pasta, and braises
  • 1.5qt Sauce Pot with Lid:
    • Ideal Uses: Rice, oatmeal, reheating small portions of food stove-top, sauces, and soups.
    • Not Great For: Large batches of food and protein searing

Caring for Your Caraway Cookware

Caraway offers great advice for the care of its cookware to keep it just as beautiful as the day it’s unboxed.

  1. Washing: Wash each pan with warm water and soap before use to remove any potential debris from the manufacturing process.
  2. Shocking: Do not use cold water on it while it is still hot, as that can “shock” the pan and potentially crack it. Wait for it to cool down after use and then proceed to clean with warm water and a non-abrasive sponge or tea towel.
  3. Dishwasher-safe: Yes. However, Caraway encourages people to wash cookware by hand whenever possible due to how easy they are to clean. If food gets stuck on the outside, mix hot water and soap and with a towel or non-abrasive sponge scrape away. Rinse and repeat as needed.
  4. Surfaces: Stove grates and abrasive surfaces can damage the steel plate underneath the pans. Be careful when using the cookware over these.
  5. Fats: Use whole fats like olive oil, whole butter, or ghee whenever possible. Do not use sprays, as these can damage the nonstick surface. Metal utensils can also damage the cooking surface of the pots and pans. Wooden, silicone, or nylon tools are best for this application.
  6. Temperatures: Caraway cookware can withstand high temperatures of up to 550 F in the oven. Nevertheless, broiling is not recommended as a cooking method as it can damage the pans.

Other Caraway Products

The Caraway Nonstick Square Pan. Photo courtesy of Caraway

In addition to its cookware line-up, Caraway has also expanded into food storage, linen items like tea towels, pot holders, aprons, bakeware, and a beautiful tea kettle. All items share the same nonstick ceramic build and color schemes available in their cookware line. The bakeware line encompasses muffin trays, sheet pans, cooling racks, loaf pans, and cake pans. The tea towels, pot holders, and aprons are available through the Caraway site.

Chat With a Real Expert

Caraway cookware is free of any toxic materials like polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), PFOA, and PFAs. Their entire construction is made to offer cookware that will perform and look better than traditional market staples.

Still curious? Reach out to a Curated Kitchen Expert, like me. Let us know what your usual menu at home is, what you wish your current cookware would do better, any specific preferences, and a rough estimate of what you’d like to invest into a new set. We’ll use our professional experience to guide you to the perfect new set of cookware you need.

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