How to Care for Nonstick Cookware
Nonstick cookware has many benefits. It allows food to slide out of the pan easily, and it is easy to clean and can be used in a lower fat, oil, or butter ratio than traditional cookware. However, to ensure that your nonstick cookware lasts for more than a year, it is essential to care for it properly.
Nonstick pans and pots are usually made of stainless steel or aluminum with a nonporous chemical coating that creates a nonreactive, slick surface that prevents food from sticking to the bottom. It’s time for you to replace your cookware if there are any chips or scratches on the nonstick surface.
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Home cooks tend to find skillets and saucepans the most useful for nonstick cookware. They can fry eggs or make pancakes, or cook delicate foods such as fish. Nonstick saucepans can be used to cook rice and make custards. They are easy to clean.
Use your nonstick cookware as the manufacturer intended. This will ensure that your cookware is in top condition.
- Manufacturers recommend applying a thin layer of vegetable oil to the nonstick cooking surface before using it for the first time. This will protect and condition the surface.
- Empty pans should not be heated. Aluminum nonstick cookware heats up faster than stainless steel, which is heavier and denser. First, add a small amount of oil to the pan to coat it. Then heat the pan for a few seconds to warm the food.
- Instead of nonstick cooking spray, use oil such as vegetable oil and grapeseed oils. Nonstick spray is made with lecithin, which can eventually cause your nonstick surface to become sticky.
- Nonstick cookware should only be used at low heat or medium heat. Higher heat can cause damage to the nonstick cookware and, depending on which coating, may result in toxic vapors being released into the atmosphere.
- Use nonstick cooking surfaces to avoid using metal utensils. Use wooden spoons, nylon, silicone-coated, or plastic utensils instead. This will protect the surface from being scratched or damaged.
Before you use your cookware in the oven, make sure to check with the manufacturer. Also, be sure to observe the maximum temperature. While some nonstick cookware can be oven-safe, others are not.
Care for nonstick cookware
If you properly take care of your nonstick cookware, it should last for three to five more years.
- To clean your cookware, use a non-abrasive sponge or a soft dishrag to apply dish detergent and warm water. Avoid harsh cleaning materials such as steel wool, steel wool, or other abrasive cleaners.
- You can remove stubborn food by using a paste of baking soda, water, or other non-abrasive cleaners.
- Although nonstick cookware is advertised as dishwasher-safe by some manufacturers, it’s better to wash it manually. Nonstick surfaces can be eroded by hot water or harsh detergent.
- Nonstick cookware should not be stacked as it can cause damage to the surface. If space is limited and you have to stack cookware, place a layer of paper towels between each pan.