Crockery and material - all the facts

What are the tastiest dishes that you prepare without the right dishes? Even the best cuisine is not worth much if the dishes are missing or impractical. Whether the dishes go well with the dishes often depends on the material of the plates and cups. Which materials are available for tableware and how they differ can be found here.


The main question before buying a new tableware should be the choice of material. Porcelain and ceramics sometimes have quite different properties. Common materials are also:

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Ceramic or porcelain

Porcelain and ceramics are the most popular materials for tableware today. However, they are often confused because the terms are often mixed up a bit. The different properties of the two materials arise from the types of substances they are made of.

Porcelain pottery
fine coarser
thin-walled a bit thicker
slightly translucent larger pores
Kaolin clay Clay and quartz

Melting point

The porcelain has a significantly higher melting point because the finer kaolin clay is made from glass, similar to the quartz sand, and melts at a higher temperature. As a result, the porcelain, like glass, has a particularly smooth and fine surface, which can often be slightly translucent. High quality porcelain is usually sold at around 1.Melted 450 degrees.


The most striking difference between ceramic or stoneware and porcelain is the look. The pure, clear white is only offered by porcelain due to the high melting temperatures. The distinction between fine and coarse ceramics speaks for itself. Ceramic has larger pores and a structure that is by no means as fine as porcelain.


Ceramic is usually provided with a glaze, otherwise it is not waterproof. Often the glaze is also used to simulate a more noble surface, so that porcelain and ceramics are sometimes difficult to distinguish because of the glaze.

Tips & Tricks If you frequently heat food in the microwave, ceramics are not ideal. You should then use porcelain dishes, as the porcelain does not heat up as much. Due to the open-pored, coarser structure, the water molecules contained in the ceramic can heat up and the plate or bowl becomes extremely hot. In the worst case, the ceramic will crack or crack in the microwave.