How to Care for your Nonstick Cookware to extend the lifespan
Nonstick cookware was introduced to ensure that food would not stick to the cookware while cooking. It uses a unique nonstick layer single or several coating on the cookware surface to ensure this. You will be able to have a high cooking as long as you are using the right cooking as cleaning method and storage condition. I would recommend that to always check with your product’s manufacturer for specific usage and cleaning recommendations.
It is important to clean your new nonstick cookware before using it. Clean it using warm soapy water, rinse it properly and use a soft or linen cloth to dry it. For the first time, it is recommended to coat the surface with some oil, bake it for some time with low heat and then wipe it clean. This is to “season” or “condition” the cooking surface. You will need to do this once. However, not all nonstick cookwares requires this type of seasoning or
conditioning. Sometimes it depends on the manufacturer recommendations.
They works better at slightly lower temperatures compared to other cookware. Some manufacturers recommend “butter test” to acquire the suitable cooking temperature.
The high selling point of these nonstick cookwares is that they don’t require butter or oil to cook tasty food, but you can certainly add fats for flavor and texture. It’s the optimal cookware for the people taking care of their weight and cholesterol levels.
Ensure you avoid metal utensils with nonstick cookware. Use wood or nylon based utensils when using it. Otherwise, you might scratch or damage the nonstick surface. Never use sap objects to slice food on the nonstick surface. Sap objects will scratch and damage the nonstick coating. In case the nonstick surface is scratched or damaged, replace it with another cookware. Don’t use it again. Avoid using nonstick pan at temperatures above 450 degrees under the broiler. The extreme heat will ruin the finish.
It is good to store your nonstick cookware clean for consistent, quality performance. Food residue stick on surface and carbonize, resulting in food to stick. This is hard to see and very difficult to remove, so it is better to wash your nonstick cookware thoroughly every time.
Before washing your nonstick cookware make sure completely cool. Submersing a hot pan in cold water may warp and ruin it. Always wash nonstick cookware yourself with warm soapy water. The excess heat on your dishwasher can not damage nonstick surfaces. Avoid using harsh cleaning agents like bleach, abrasive cleansers, or other chemicals on nonstick surfaces.
If there are some disturbing messes that is hard on the nonstick coating use sponge or nylon scrubber. It would be a good routine to clean the nonstick cookware twice. This ensures that every last trace of food or oil is removed before they carbonize. As per the type of utensils that you use, avoid using metal-based wool or scoring pads to clean it because the nonstick coating is fragile.
To ensure quality and lifespan for the nonstick cookware storage is always important. Store it by hanging it on a pot rack. If you want to stack it up, ensure there is a soft cloth on top of the nonstick surface to protect it. Don’t let it to contact with other cookware to avoid scratching the nonstick surface.
Whether you prefer a high-quality set of cookware or purchase one bargain pan, you can highly increase the lifetime of your nonstick cookware by careful use, meticulous cleaning, and good storage condition.